I understand your reasoning. We do not even say to our kids..you are free to disobey. But if you do you Will be punished.<quoted text>
You really think that punishing one's children by banishing them from our presence, or allowing them to go forever to a place of torture is the act of a reasonable parent? Really?
It's not "free will" if there is punishment for a choice the "parent" doesn't like.
My children had rules to follow. When they didn't follow them, there were consequences. But those were rules, there was no choice. I NEVER told them that the choice was theirs, and then punish them because they made the choice I didn't want them to make. That is the act of an abusive parent.
We say don't do this..period or maybe you can burn yourselves if you touch this.
But they do have free will.( unless th e y are kept shackled..abuse)'
Our job is to watch them but we can't keep them for all harm and disobedience.
As far as God..I really do nit know why he wants us with him at all.
As far as I know He does for His reasons.
But He wants us only if we want Him. He does what He Can to call us in t o His love.
If I said I hate you and do it in the face of your care..why would you want to hang out with me. OR invite me to live with you.
We are cHild children we believe He gave a great sacrifice to give us a way while keeping perfect justice. All we have to do is accept it.
If we don't He doesn't strike us dead..usually. we are free to live out our lives. It's afterlife which many don't even believe in..
Which is at stake. He gives us every chance. BUT if we reject Him He doesn't have to live eternally with us..invite us into His home.
We already had the invitation and we tore it up.
So we don't get to live there. That is His to do. HE gave us life..paid our bill for sin. We didn't accept it so we go elsewhere.
For me it is simple. I want to be with Him for eternity. And I am not a small child with no knowledge. I know the consequences.
He doesn't reject little ones. He said for them to come to Him. That we should all be trusting and loving as they are.