Yesterday morning whilst enjoying my breakfast at my favorite restaurant, a friend of mine made a comment in response to something (I don’t recall what) that God is all forgiving, all merciful, and all loving. I actually hear this a lot. It’s usually offered as a rejoinder to my claims that some behavior is sinful and immoral. Regardless, people assign these attributes to God all the time and I think they do so in haste. I’m not trying to nitpick at what might not be the person’s intent with what they’re saying. I think they really mean what they’re saying. Have you ever asked yourself what God is like? How do you know?
More often than not when someone makes the assertion that God is all loving, all forgiving, or what have you, I ask how they arrived at that conclusion. “It’s in the bible” is the most offered response. However, it isn’t. Where do people get this idea from that God merely forgives, for example, without condition? Sure, God does forgive freely to those who call upon him for forgiveness, but not arbitrarily to everyone circumstance unconsidered.
How does the idea that God simply forgives everyone regardless of whether they ask for it or not? Or that everyone goes to heaven regardless of their theological convictions?