First the judging part - No parent would judge His/Her own children, but a Master will. No parent would torture or abuse his kids, but a Master will. A servant makes a mistake and he will be punished, whether it was an honest mistake or not. A master does not care whether the mistake was made innocently or not, he will punish just because the mistake was made, whereas no parent would do such a thing. A parent is more interested in making sure the child learns from his/her mistake, punishment is a last resort, a master doesn't care about making his slaves/servant learning anything Your post clearly shows that your God is a Master and you are a slave/servant. You still view God as a Master & that is where you get your talk about punishment & mercy - these are slave/servant ideas - ideas coming from ancients who lived under brutal kings/dictators and learned to obey their masters and knew if they made a mistake they would be whipped or punished otherwise Sadly, such ideas are still in currency even today. I would ask Christians to please stop saying, "Our father, thou art...." & please use, "Our Master, thou art..." which is more appropriate At no time in your post did you ask how the victim feels about all this judging and stuff - where is the justice for the victim? You talk about an eye for an eye - guy does something bad in the previous life and in this life he is blind? Care to walk over to a hospital and tell kids suffering from cancer that it is all their doing? An eye for an eye is vengeance, not justice. In how many lives must Hitler be blind to make up for what he did? And how does that help his victims in any way? And what about all the hate that Jews endured before Hitler - say the middle ages? or even before, for 2000 years? Hate against jews did not start with Hitler, we know that. And what about animals? Does their suffering matter? Do you know that pigs and chickens are kept in cages where they cannot even move? Why? Because you know what happens when you move or exercise, your muscles will harden, but if you just sit or sleep or do not exercise, your body becomes soft and that is the meat that we want, so these poor animals get to live in a cage their entire lives! Do you eat meat? Then you are guilty of such evil Bird hunters sit in the bush and blast off shots in the air when they see birds - some lucky birds will die instantly, the unlucky ones will get injured and die a slow death. Their offspring waiting in the nest will starve to death. Fun for bird hunters, not so much for the victims By this count there should be a lot more blind people, shouldn't there be?