DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Does God always judge people who are evil and deliberately do wrong? I'd like to think He does, but there are still a lot of evil people left in the world, and most of them seem to go through life without much bad ever happening to them. —J.M.
Dear J.M.: God is holy and just — and yes, those who deliberately turn their backs on God and choose to do evil will be judged by Him. The Bible says that anyone who ignores God "is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves" (Romans 13:2).
This doesn't mean, however, that God always brings His full judgment to bear on them right now. Outwardly, some people seemingly live a trouble-free life and never experience anything we might think of as God's judgment. But down inside, their lives lack meaning and their hearts are empty.
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