But Hitler will be raised sinless, immortal, incorruptible, and glorified without repentance, without making any conscious choice, and without facing any correction or judgment–and he could have been born that way, or simply skipped this mortal existence and been created that way (as could Judas, Ciaphas, and all sinners), right?
That means that the same ends could have been acheived without sin, suffering, death, and the cross (or all the concentration camps of the last century)–so how is any of it necessary, and how does it “glorify God” or “ultimately serve to promote the eternal happiness of all rational beings”?
How is a God who arbitrarily wills the temporary existence of needless pain, sin, suffering, and death “glorified” by these things?
You alluded to the cross, but how would the cross glorify God (or demonstrate His love) if sin and suffering existed only because God willed them to (and worse, if He didn’t take the cross upon Himself, but allowed some creature to do it–as you believe, if memory serves me correctly here.)
And how does the existence of such things “ultimately serve to promote the eternal happiness of all rational beings” if they could have been made happy, immortal, and sinless from the beginning?
You are arguing that this life isn’t a learning process, that learning isn’t necessary, and that all sinners (regardless of what they’ve learned, or haven’t learned) will be instantaneously made into saints–but then you say “It’s not my position that the pain and suffering of this existence is unnecessary.”
That is your position Aaron.
If learning, growth, and repentance aren’t necessary before a Hitler becomes a saint, how is any of this mortal life necessary?
How can the pain and suffering “glorify God”?
And how can it possibly “serve to promote the eternal happiness of all rational beings” (If eternal happiness and holiness can be granted by Divine fiat, without all the pain, suffering, sin, and death)?