13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
It is all written in the Bible.
To continue with Luke 13:
" 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’
8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” "
I just made a stupid joke, and you gave the correct theological thought. I'm aware that you knew I was joking.
Even the old testament had the book of Job with it's somewhat unrealistic happy end.
But Luke 13 clearly tells that the answer to repentance is not self-flagellation, but good works.
I live in India. I once had a discussion with a Jesuit priest. I said: We are supposed to show empathy with the poor and to share. How to find a balance? Even though I go to cheap restaurants and drive a cheap car I still spend incredible much compared with the poor around me. Do I need to go in the restaurant?
If I follow this logic I have to live a life in poverty.
"A father gave bicycles to his two children. One child took the bicycle and enjoyed. The other child wouldn't use the bicycle much, but said all the time: "Thank you father. You are so good to us father. ..." Finally father got annoyed and chased the child out to use the bicycle."
That's not a biblical answer.
I believe it's like with Paul and with James. Do good works save us? For somebody self-righteous like Saul no, for the rest of us yes.
At any rate for all those who believe that god is punishing us seahawk showed you the way.
Unfortunately Jesus enlightened thought is not very pleasing to human nature. Especially those in dominance and submission mode prefer "Thank you father..." over enjoying life while at the same time showing empathy to those with emotional/ financial needs.