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Chastisement and Bible
Question from mary on 9/5/2004:

Dear Father

The Old Testament teaches us that God could punish or send a chastisement to those that will not turn away from their grave sins. Does God still do that in the New Testament? Does God still chastise evilness by sending natural disasters?

Thanks

Mary

Answer by Fr. John Echert on 9/18/2004:

We know for certain that God will do this, as the end of the world approaches and in bringing about the end of the world, as is described in the Apocalypse and the apocalyptic sections of the three Synoptic Gospels (e.g., Mark 13). We also know from the Blessed Mother, in approved apparitions such as Fatima, that God punishes the world for its sins, to include wars and acts of nature. Many moderns will scoff at this and attribute purely natural causes, but the man of faith recognizes that Divine Providence extends to every aspect of creation, and God can and does use nature to punish mankind for its sins. The sins of abortion and homosexuality, in particular, cry out for Divine Vengeance upon us.

Thanks, Mary

Father Echert

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