snowbird: Let me try this limited illustration: Say, for instance, President Obama is coming to your area bearing good tidings of plentiful jobs, excellent health care, adequate housing, etc.
Some in your area may be unaware of this, but yet will receive the same blessings. How is not having that information or knowledge a punishment?
Syl, in my humble opinion it is a lack of honesty and peace of mind, and almost aligns itself with pre-destination in the case of God; especially in view of God being a parent or 'father-like' figure.
For example, I have three children. I am a wealthy, healthy, and loving person.
First child: I share all my wealth with assuring them that I am heathy as an ox per the documentation from doctor's visits and shower them in love and kindness. Once the reach 21 years old, I continue as I always have with the child.
Second child: I do not share any of my wealth with while they're young and although we get by it is seen as just making ends-meet. But they know I'm healthy as an ox per the documentation from doctor's visits and I shower then in love and kindness. However, once they are 21 I share with them how wealthy we truly are and now give them in abundance along with continung with everything else
Third child: I say I shower them in love and kindness, but they know nothing of money or my health and cannot even discern my existance in their life. Once the child reaches 21, I tread that child the same way I have treated the first.
The second child and third to me were being punished and have suffered. I appreciate and understand if you do not see it that way, and I truly am grateful for the response. Thank you for taking the time out for responding.