Imagine someone claims that children are free to chose their language. How would you respond to such a claim? Would you not counter that the quite discrete language distribution around the world is strong evidence to the contrary? You seldom find a Spanish child of Spanish parents in a Spanish community speaking Japanese. Now imagine a world with an actual God able to interact with children in spite of their parents’ religion. Would you not see an even distribution of belief in this God around the world? Or are some children born with more a propensity to rebel against God due to a more evil nature they inherent from their parents? Does this uneven distribution of religious beliefs reflect a world in which there has been given a truly even distribution of free will? Does God create children with differing propensities to reject him? Could such a God be considered equitable and fair?
Imagine a young Muslim girl taught by her parents that the Allah is the only true God. Imagine the Christian God remains hidden to her. Now imagine that same young girl commits a single sin: She hates the group of men who rape, torture, then kill her. Imagine a God who would eternally damn her for committing this one sin, and refuse her redemption due to her ignorance of the Gospel. Can such a God be called just and loving?
The distribution of religious belief around the world lends no credibility to the notion that there is a just God who has given children an equal degree of free will to reject the God of their parents and to then freely acknowledge the “true” God. Would any actual God love the children of some regions more than the children of other regions?
It could be biblically argued that God can do what he wishes with children around the world. Because he is their creator, he can create at his discretion some of them for eternal damnation, and others for eternal bliss.
But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?” (Romans 9:20)
Does this sound like the words an actual loving and just God would utter? Or does it sound instead like something a human would write?