Some big opportunities just fell through for me. I wonder whether I am being punished for my sins. How can I know?
It seems to me that when bad things happen to me, I can take it one of three ways:
- It is a punishment for sin;
- It is a test, not related to sinfulness; or
- It is neither. Stuff just happens sometimes.
Most people would say #2 or #3. Do mormons believe in earthly punishment for sin, other than direct consequences of the sin? There are scriptural accounts of such things, but Jesus also said that God causes the sun to rise over the evil and the just: we cannot tell. by looking at an unfortunate person, whether their misfortune is the result of sin. If my crops fail or if my career plummets, can it be a punishment for an unrelated sin against God? Is this something that can be known through personal revelation?