Would it be merciful in God to inflict endless punishment? -- that is, merciful to the sufferer?
There is no such a thing as endless punishment. Everything that was created will have an end unless it is imparted eternal (never began, never ends) life. There is no eternal hell. There is forever and ever, or everlasting (means space of time) but God does not have an eternal punishment because that would imply that something never started suffering and will never end suffering because it always was suffering. There is only one form of eternal life (what you have to have to suffer eternally) and that is God's life. Without this life you will cease to exist someday.
There may be years and ages of suffering, I don't know, but there is no eternal or endless suffering because it would take eternal life to do that. God became flesh and took His own wrath upon Himself so that nobody has to suffer. The battle rages in the mind to prevent the converting of the soul. Hope that makes sense,,,
God in very merciful. That is why he has given us a choice to accept Jesus Christ into our hearts and live forever with him in paradise. The universal salvation you are talking about would be no different than the planet we are living on right ow. Are there going to be murders, rape, robbery, abuse, etc. in Heaven. That is the world we live in. How will your Heaven be different with the same type of people there if all will be saved?
Did the prodigal son not feel the love of His Father when he returned? He recieved the love and mercy of a all loving Father after living a life of sin.. Besides, Christ Himself said He desires mercy above all, not sacrifice.
He didnt get a chance to ask for forgiveness. Nor did His father give Him a choice of anything. When He saw His son from afar, He ran to him. This is perfect love because such love sees no flaw. Your answer is based on stiputation to recieve mercy.
Yes he did SOM. Plus he was save to begin with is how the parable goes. He already had his inheritance. The kingdom of Heaven.
That is only your interpretation. Nothing more.
SOM, The prodigal son had a change of heart which resulted in his return to his father. This is what repentence is, a turning away from the sin and back to the Father. Then, he was open to receiving his Father's love and mercy, and not rejecting it.
All will repent eventually. In this life time or the after. Stop behaving like the older brother and rejoice that Christ will not lose one.
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