So back to the father. We were having a talk last week and he admitted this to me, and I remember it word-for-word (minus the replacement of my real name with my online persona). He said - "PA, I love my son, I really do. But I just don't like him very much. Can you understand that"?
Despite all the bad that his son has done, he still loves him. As a father he always will love him. That is the very essence of unconditional love, that despite everything else that happens, he will always be loved. But he doesn't like him very much. I submit to this discussion that when we think of God and "unconditional love", it should NOT be a case that God will simply give us everything regardless of how we act or behave. The view that a God of unconditional love would not ever consider sending us to hell is wrong. It is flawed, based on an unrealistic definition of "unconditional love". Of course, as anyone who knows me will attest, I don't believe this hell is eternal torture, so in this context I think it quite a valid point to suggest that just because God loves each and every one of us that he would therefore ignore our actions just because we think he should.
Just thought I'd share
"But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14
You also omitted the conversation between the father and the son because I'm sure the father was brutally honest with him about his laziness. (I, for one, think the son has a bipolar condition.) Even though the father didn't send him to "hell," the fact remains that the kid was crying out for help and yet the father kicked him out because he was always getting robbed... Nourishing?? Eternal life affirming?? Closure??
"And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well." Matthew 5:40
"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it his not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Edited by braveone2u, 25 March 2013 - 09:15 PM.