There is no so-called Higher force, authority, power or being that punishes you or that is going to steal your soul. You allow any punishing by your own willfulness and the consequences of your egocentricity.
As was once said, "the Universe is not punishing you or blessing you. The Universe is responding to the vibrational attitude that you are emitting."
Nothing negative can happen to you unless you agree to let it happen including your accidents, disease and death. Sorry to break it to you but you are responsible for ALL your actions. It is YOU that allows everything in your life to happen.
Nothing happens TO you. Your experience is called BY you!
You can go on living in a make-believe world where you perceive yourself as a victim of "outside forces" or you can come to your senses and see what's really there: that you are a creator with the power to create at will. You are just choosing not to see this if you continue to think that some higher power acts on you. YOU are the higher power.
When you are suffering, remember, it's you doing it to you, no exceptions.
If this is hard for you to accept, it's your conditioning and belief systems holding you back.
Don't believe me. Go check this out for yourself. Are you courageous enough?