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Jul 07, 2012


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I think the view of "work as punishment" is more than just common. I think it is dominant in some strains major streams of Christianity such as the pietism and revivalism of the US South. In fact I'd go so far as to say it is the "orthodox" position.

I know that growing up in a large Southern Denomination it is what I was taught. If not explicitly it was certainly implied. Essentially Jesus provided fire insurance that got you a ticket to heaven which was going to be a perpetual "all day dinner on the grounds." This world was to be endured not improved.

Any idea of the origins of the "all work as punishment" idea?

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