I do not recall reading about this question as it relates to UR, nor discussing it here on this site. From your perspective, does UR (and or should UR) have anything unique to say about the Question: Why Does God Delay His Return??
Perhaps I should know better than to write on something like this when in a semi-depressed state of melancholy like I am right now. Up all night last night working in the OR trying to salvage some very desperate circumstances. And I’m sad to report we largely failed. Deep tragedy, suffering, loss; all the lot of several families and communities today. And all I got was a tiny glimpse into this world of private anguish and suffering in this condensed version last night.
The enormity of the cumulative pain and suffering and anguish and misery the world over is almost too much to bear sometimes it seems. Seemingly endless wars; conflicts of all stripes constantly flaring; hunger and starvation and abuse; sickness and disease; crime and depravity; the helpless crushed and victimized again and again by spirit crushing tyranny; violence and death at every turn. Enough, it seems, to make a heart weep for an eternity.
So I step back and wonder, Why O God do you delay your return? Is there a single soul in this universe who hasn’t seen enough of this flawed and tragic existence to have decided they’d love for it all to be over?
I’m familiar of course with some of the traditional answers: but they don’t really seem to convince right now. Yes, I do trust Him, and will struggle to remain faithful. (so Help me God!) In the Cross of Christ I find my only glimmers of hope; for surely, the Cross shows that we do not suffer alone. And it is not hard at all for me to envision God weeping great tears of sorrow with us as He watches what has become of those He created in His own image.
But when is enough enough? Universal Reconciliation offers a bright future for every one of God’s creation; why not just get on with it?? Universalists, believing much remediation and learning and reorienting happens in the future, surely should be most chagrined of all Christians at God’s “delay”. Just how much context do we need for that future education to be effective??
If you’ve ever wondered these sorts of things, I’m curious to know what you have come up with??