Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274): Sinning against an infinite God is an infinite offense which deserves infinite punishment


I have often used this argument when doing evangelism to illustrate the immense gravity of sin and the awful punishment due. It was therefore a pleasant surprise to discover that the great medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) argued the same way almost 8 centuries before:

“The magnitude of the punishment [of sin] matches the magnitude of the sin. Now a sin that is against God is infinite; the higher the person against whom it is committed, the graver the sin—it is more criminal to strike a head of state than a private citizen—and God is of infinite greatness. Therefore an infinite punishment is deserved for a sin committed against Him.”

– Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), Summa Theologica, Ia2ae. 87, 4

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