Psalm 90:10 ESV
The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty;
Why does God punish humans for eternity when He only lets us live for an average of 70-80 years? Why not punish us for 70-80 years? This is the question that was discussed in a staff meeting that I had yesterday. A friend of mine was trying to find an answer to this question for a friend of his.
I think that the question is being looked at from the wrong end. To understand the eternal suffering and blessing of humanity we have to question God’s original intent for man’s existence – so far as “time” is concerned. Originally, God intended for humanity to live for eternity. It was never God’s intention to have humans die at 70-80 years of age; this is a result of sin. It wasn’t until humans defied God that they began to experience death and limitations on life (Genesis 2:15-17). God is an eternal being and He designed humans with eternal intentions. Sin – NOT GOD – is responsible for the limitations that we experience in life. Therefore, it makes sense that the consequences humans suffer, positive and/or negative, would have eternal effects.
But, there is hope. God made provision for us to experience eternal reward and blessing through Jesus the Christ! God loved the world that rejected Him and He gave Jesus to suffer in the place of rebellious and defiant humanity (John 3:16-21). According to God’s Word, it was while we were incapable of saving ourselves that God used His ability to save us. It was while we were ungodly, sinners and enemies of God that Jesus the Christ died in order to reconcile us to God (Romans 5:6-17). Don’t let your limitations in life limit you from experience the best of our eternal God!