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Why did Jesus say that Sodom will be better off on judgement day than for Capernaum?


Matthew 11:24

ESV - 24 But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.

Clarify Share Report Asked June 13 2016 Mini Ric Acaba

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Jesus said that even the inhabitants of wicked Sodom (which God had destroyed for its sinfulness (Genesis 19)) would receive less punishment from God in the final judgment at the end of time than the people of Capernaum, for Sodom had not had the opportunity to witness Jesus' "mighty works" (His miracles and teaching) that Capernaum had had. And yet, in spite of the testimony of these miracles to Jesus' identity as the Messiah, Capernaum had not accepted Him and turned to God, while (according to Jesus) witnessing those same works would have caused the inhabitants of Sodom to repent and keep their city from being destroyed. 

Therefore, far from being commended by God (exalted to heaven), Capernaum would be brought down to Hades, and fare even worse in the final judgment than the people of Sodom.

June 14 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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