And then they (including my past self) will say ‘salvation’ (heaven, eternity, life to the fullest, etc) is a gift of God … given by grace … it can’t be earned …
all you have to do is …
‘Conditions’ like trust, believe, have faith come to mind.
And what if someone doesn’t?
Or what if someone fervently believes, who also was trained to be an active listener, who happened to hear John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ on the radio, and at the moment she hear’s the phrase “Imagine there’s no heaven’, honestly contemplates it for a moment, and Bam!, gets struck to death by an oncoming collision.
Sorry, in the end you just didn’t have faith.
The rules have been set. God may be all powerful, but the game is completely in your hands.
This is an age old issue. But doesn’t it seem like God’s kryptonite is the human will?
There can’t be love without freedom of will. But could there not be love even when you screw up royally?