The whole prison mularkey is one one which punishes offenders brought up in a society due to its placing responsibility and expectation on one group of humans over another to an extent that it predisposses them to angst, stresses, conflicts and ultimate breakdowns respecting all the expectations placed upon them by said society - hence falling into veritable 'sin' 'crime' deviance' perversionas' or whatever you thesaurus!
All men are not created equal. In America we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
All citizens are equally required to pull their own weight. The pursuit of happiness is effort, ambition and an active participation in self-betterment. Expectations? It sounds as though you expect to be the victim of crime and the perpetrator needs a free pass.
It sounds like you are saying there can be no consequences for crime or injury against others unless and untill everybody has the same income, education and talent.
Is that your idea of a workable solution?
Where does PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY enter the picture?
I'd say you have a convincing argument if no poor person ever achieved success. But, countless number have and do. Abraham Lincoln wasn't born in a condominium with a satellite dish, internet and a set of encyclopedias. He didn't have free tuition to the best universities. What he was born with was the commitment to better himself through personal responsibility, effort and ambition to succeed IN SPITE OF his humble origins and poor surroundings. He refused to give up. That is what marks character in a person.
Making excuses for yourself only makes a person pathetic, weak and needy.
Excusing those who don't achieve doesn't help them.
Back to the Topic Heading...
"God so LOVED the world...." John 3:16
God showed UNdeserved kindness.
God showed UNmerited favor.
Since God's standards are clearly the best, why would He lower his standards to those who do not DESERVE or MERIT it?
That's all I'm asking.
On what basis would God give what was undeserved? Why ask, on the one hand, the best of people while, on the other hand, grant them the best reward for failure to merit the prize?
How many Super Bowls are awarded to the loser? What if merit were set aside?
How many companies could run successfully if they went broke by hiring the worst employees and failing to achieve goals?
How many medical students who fail competency exams should be permitted to practice medicine?
You see, there are natural and practical consequences for the deliberate failure to apply standards, rules and expectations for the very best.
What can you be thinking?!!