(Pro 6:31 KJV) But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
On the eternal standard, sin must be punished. Wrong must be righted. It goes along with the science fiction concept TANSTAAFL. That stands for “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”. Eventually all of the things people think they are getting away with will be rewarded. The only difference between people is where and when.
The good news of the gospel is that God has made provision for our sins. There is a way to balance the scale without spending an eternity in hell. Jesus did that on the cross. He is called The Perfect Lamb of God because He was a sacrifice worthy of paying the price for our sin. He was the price. In Proverbs the thief is to pay seven times. In eternal terms there is no way we can pay. Jesus can.
So? The key is when and where. If we wait too long then the deal is off.