17. Will the wicked receive the same condemnation when they are judged
on that day?
to the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ, when the wicked on that day are
judged according to their works, they will not receive the same condemnation.
Here are the words of Jesus from which we infer this: “Woe unto thee,
Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida!
for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they
would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It
shall be more tolerable for Tyre
at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which
art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty
works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would
have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more
tolerable for the land
in the day of judgment, than for thee” (Matthew -24). As
you can see, the fact that in the day of judgement it will be more tolerable
for the land
than for Capernaum,
means that the guilt of the inhabitants of Capernaum will be
considered more serious than the guilt of the inhabitants of Sodom. The
reason is this: because the inhabitants of Capernaum saw among
them the mighty works done by the Son of God and did not repent, while the
inhabitants of Sodom
would have repented if they had seen the same powerful works.
confirmed that the condemnation that on that day will be received by some
will be greater when He said: “Beware of the scribes, which love to go in
long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, And the chief seats
in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: Which devour widows'
houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater
damnation” (Mark 12:38-40).