Do you believe God loves your children more than you do? Do you think our earthly family is an appropriate analogy for understanding eternal Kingdom realities? Can we deduce what God as Father is like by comparing Him with what we know an ideal earthly father should be?
Listen in on a “Recent Conversation Between Barry and Woodsy”… (true conversation)
Woodsy is a local father with three sons who can’t understand why I believe that God is going to eventually save everyone.
Barry: If you had to choose one of your children to hopelessly suffer forever and not be able to receive any help or relief from you, who would it be?
Woodsy: I would never do something as ridiculous as that. I love them all, and wouldn’t choose any of them to suffer forever.
B: Great, you’re not a Calvinist. You must believe God loves all his children equally and chooses none of them to be eternally lost.
W: Certainly. God must love his children at least as much as I love mine.
B: If one of your boys foolishly puts himself in danger, and you have the chance to save him from the consequences of that choice, would you do it?
W: Of course I would.
B: Even when he didn’t want you to interfere?
W: Of course. I wouldn’t want him to be hurt. I might leave him there for a while to help him see the error of his ways, but I wouldn’t let him be permanently damaged or risk his life.
B: So, you would over-ride his freewill, if it’s for his ultimate good?
B: Do you think God would do the same for his kids who have made foolish decisions?
W: I suppose so ……. I would certainly hope so.
B: Great, you’re not an Arminian. You must believe God is sovereign and uses his position and power to keep his kids safe from long-term harm.
W: Hmmmm ….. But doesn’t he allow us a free choice …… to go to heaven or hell?
B: Would you with your boys?
W: No, but ……
B: So you care for your boys more than God cares for his children?
Woodsy didn’t finish the conversation.
I would have enjoyed telling him that God loves his kids even more than we love ours, and that he would never let his kids totally destroy themselves no matter what choices they made or how loudly they protested about his interference. And I would also have enjoyed showing him the verses in Scripture that convince me of that.
“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:11