…I don’t believe that any part of our relationship with God is based on rewards or penalties. When we do good, we feel unity with God and those around us; that is its own reward. Likewise, when we act selfishly, ungodly, or irresponsibly, it follows that we will feel more disconnected from God and others. Penalties and rewards are just the natural results of our thoughts and actions in the world.
Additionally, to say that we have free-will and then punish us for using that freedom would be akin to saying, “You’re free to do what I want you to do, and if you don’t, I’ll hurt you.” What kind of freedom is that?
— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 102)