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Except that justice doesn't work this way.

Humanly speaking, you are correct.

Then, humanly speaking, God (if he existed) must be unjust. So clearly God's justice would be wrong for humans.

When a federal judge hands down a sentence, is it revenge or prevention? It might have a preventative effect, but the purpose is to satisfy the requirements of the law. You break the law, you pay the price.

The whole point of having laws is to prevent crimes. There is absolutely no other reason. A civilized society does not want crimes to occur in the first place. Laws prevent crimes in two ways: by deterring people from committing them in the first place, and by imprisoning, executing, and generally incapacitating people who have showed a propensity for committing crimes. The ONLY reason people need to "pay the price" is that if there were no price, there would be more incentive to commit crimes.

So in sense, God decided the rules, the penalty, and he also decided what would satisfy that penalty.

Could the god have decided on a different set of rules? Suppose the rules it made said that murder, theft and rape are good ideas? Would we still be bound to follow them?
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