Does God punish sinners? A closer look at the intense love and justice of God Almighty. According to the Bible, it s a matter of life and death. Jesus declared, "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (John 17:3). Here Jesus states that truly knowing the Father and His Son means eternal life. Conversely, we can conclude that not knowing them is the route to damnation. "I never knew you." Jesus will someday sadly announce to a group of misguided people (Matthew 7:23). These Scriptures should impress us with the necessity of knowing God as He is, not as we think He is. Life is not a game, Our souls are at stake. We should never forget that in the last days our enemy, called the Devil and Satan, is doing everything he's learned through thousands of years of experience in an effort to "deceive, if possible, even the elect" (Matthew 24:24).