What is the “theology of immediate retribution” as it is found in Chronicles?

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The theology of immediate retribution in the book of Chronicles is a theology that claims 1 God’s rule of His people is expressed by His constant, direct and immediate intervention in their history. It can also be understood that 2 reward and punishment are not deferred, but rather follow immediately on the heels of a precipitating event. Simply put, it is the belief that “you get what you deserve”. Hinduism and worldly thinking call this, “karma”. In the case of the Old Testament particularly, those who disobey God’s laws and fail to keep His covenant experience negative consequences, while those who are obedient and keep God’s covenant experience His blessings and safety.

This theology is controversial because it follows the logic of “cause and effect”, and this way of thinking does not always apply to every aspect of life. Retribution theology is very black and white in rationality, and life is simply not that explicit. From time to time, good things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good people. If it did always apply, then Jesus would not have suffered and we would all be crushed by the wrath of God because of our sin (that’s true justice). However, scriptural books like Ecclesiastes, Job, and Psalms reassure us that although results do not always match the deed, God remains sovereign and justice belongs to Him in the end. Life is not the best deliverer of justice (many want it to be), but God is, and I thank Him that “mercy triumphs over justice” (James 2:13).

Rev. Sereine

Rev. Dr. Sereine NTERINANZIZA E-Mail: snterinanziza@gmail.com Address: Kigali- Rwanda /Kicukiro/Kagarama Personal Biography This website has a purpose of educating, and advocating through evangelism. The owner is Pastor Sereine Nterinanziza, passionate business woman. Legal Representative of Hands of Compassion Rwanda. Candidate in Doctor of Ministry in USA. Holder of a Master degree of Business Administration obtained from Kampala International University, Master of Divinity from World Mission Frontiers, Bachelor of Arts and Humanity-History. Since 2006, she is the Managing Director in her own Companies, from 2011-2015 She worked as Capacity Building Officer at International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), in 2019-2011 She worked with Food for the Hungry Rwanda, 2008-2009 She worked with World Vision Rwanda. Sereine is a committed Christian, passionate for delivering family therapies, passionate to help vulnerable people. She loves her family and her Country Rwanda. She is an active member of Pentecostal Church of Rwanda. In 2018, she was appointed Pastor in Nebo Church of Rwanda, to begin a branch in Kigali. She evangelize through socio media ( website, youtube, facebook).

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