I remain amazed how people can believe that a loving God would create humans incapable of perfection or meeting His standard and then condemn them for it or require some ritual for compensation.
Actually, the belief is that God condemns everyone he creates. No one is saved without seeking forgiveness. God knows in advance that each created human will be incapable of meeting His standard. Not only that, but He knows in advance which will fail to ask for forgiveness for the way they were created and will spend an eternity suffering with no possible escape. He creates them anyway.
The belief is very easily proven wrong. What loving parent would bring a child into the world knowing in advance that the child would suffer forever? Yet we believe a loving God commits such terrible cruelty by the billions. We try to gloss it over by saying, “well God does not wish any to perish and offers a way out”. How ridiculous, the fact remains that He knew in advance He was creating eternal suffering. If such were actually true, God would be creating far more suffering than Hitler and all the others despots combined. Of course, it’s not.
To me, such belief is not merely contradiction but major belittlement of God and desecration of love. The real Good News is that God really is love and love does not condemn!
Larry Langston, firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments welcome!