Re: Reward and Punishment - Is It Justified??

Lon Bliss (nhp@inlink.com)
Tue, 25 Feb 97 19:51:15 -0600

In Torah Forum V3 #23 Bernard Laufer <seeker1@gte.net> wrote:
>> Let's assume that we have an evil individual that we shall call E,
>> and a good individual that we shall call G.
>> E dies and he says to Hashem (G-d) that he doesn't deserve any
>> punishment in the World to Come for his evil deeds because He gave
>> him an inferior soul, and if he was given a soul identical to G then
>> he would not have become an evil person.
>> Likewise, Hashem can say to G when he passes away that he dosn't
>> deserve any reward in the World to Come for his good deeds because he
>> was bestowed a superior soul, and if he was given a soul identical to
>> E then he would not have become a good person.
>> Hence, in view of the above predicament, one may ask if Reward and
>> Punishment Is Really Justified.

Let us not forget that Adam and Eve ate of the 'Tree of Knowledge' and
this caused them to be cast out of the Garden. And remember why they ate
of the tree?

[Genesis 3:2] Has G-d said, You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?
And the Woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of
the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the
garden, G-d has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it,
lestyou die. And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die:
for G-d know on that on the day you eat of it, then your eyes shall be
opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

This is the first Sin, to think that we ourselves can be as gods!

Thanks
Lon