Will God Take Our Life If We Don’t Repent?

Q. I know there is a verse that states that if a Christian refuses to repent God might take his physical life. I’m not referring to losing salvation, which we both know doesn’t happen; but to physical death. Can you tell me what that reference is?

A. Although I’ve been asked to look several times I’ve never found such a verse. First of all, according to the meaning of the Greek word translated “repent” (which is to change one’s mind) when we admit we’re sinners in need of a Savior, believe Jesus died for our sins, and ask Him to be our Savior, we’ve already repented.

A verse I have found is 1 Cor. 10:13,

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

I understand some people interpret this verse to imply that the way out God provides is to take our life.

Since from the time we first believed, God has seen us as a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) perfect forever (Hebrews 10:12-14) and justified with a righteousness that comes from Him (Romans 3:21-24). And since He attributes our post salvation sin to our sin nature rather than to us (Romans 7:18-20) how would He justify ending our life prematurely?

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