Originally Posted by Secret Fawful
People say God would have to be evil to do that to someone, but to be honest, if someone doesn't want to believe in a God or doesn't want there to be a God or exist with a God, then what why would God force them to love Him or exist with Him.
I have a tendency to get rather deep in my ways of thinking regarding stuff like this.
If I posit that God is absolutely good and perfect in every way and, given the availability of free will, I also point out that, compared to Him, I am a total screw up by any standard of comparison... then why ought He to allow me to exist in His presence at all? Why shouldn't I be obliterated from existence, or at least permanenty separated from He who is perfect? Grace
in the answer. I don't
deserve it, but He loves me that much anyway. Yet, I also have to accept said grace before it does me any good.
Furthering that thought from a Christian perspective, given the previous statement that I should be destroyed and/or separated from God as a result of my comparative imperfection (ie. sin) one can surmise that if someone/something else were to become a sacrifice to take the penalty for my screw ups, then I would be able to avoid the consequences of those screw ups. Christians believe that such a man existed as actually to be God made into flesh, who Himself is/was also perfect, was willingly given as the ultimate and perfect sacrifice for our screw ups, and if we accept that sacrifice then we are given reprieve from punishment.