"Are they punished by God for being bad, for failing to follow orders?"
"I can be wrong, of course, and Vernon Howell can be wrong, of course, how wrong can wrong get, and how do you measure this wrong stuff?"
I suppose that if one were to look at wrong as a point just a little off a straight line, the further from the point of wrong traveled away from the straight line, the further from the straight ling wrong would be.
I get that a lot.
I'm a party pooper.
I'm such a drag.
Costly me, with the broken record."
The prophets were seen this way as well...the people did not want to hear the bad news of their ways or make any corrections to go back to the straight line.
I wish, Joe, that you would trust the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior.
I included that audio because your words caused me to think of that passage. Here is the written text: http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/ezekiel/33.html