God created humans...with some characteristics reminiscent of sheep and goats...
Which renders moot the analogy because humans display a human nature. It is the human nature itself which is the blueprint for humanity's actions.
are you presupposing that humans don't have a variation in their "human nature"?...each of us has character traits which would be unique to each in degrees
do you believe that someones character can't change from say a goat to a sheep or even sheep to goat?
Change of character? I'd love to hear a definition of character as you are using it before I reply.
I'm believeing that you meekly followed what you were told before you went to prison. I'm thinking that meekness in the face of any religious authority is absent now...you may put that down as being more wise though
but...speaking of dogs...if YOU loved YOURS would YOU take steps to train him or would you continue to let him out the door and hope that he wouldn't run on to the road again and again?...if you saw your neighbours dog doing this thing wouldn't you even think that the neighbour was obtuse...or would you maintain that it was completely the untrained dogs fault that he kept getting hit by the cars?
To follow your line of reasoning, God has let his own dogs run loose to bark, snarl, bite, maim and kill for thousands of years. Are those dogs to blame or their owner/trainer?
I wasn't actually drawing an analogy about God and His people...my line of "reasoning"was about you and your dog, love and taking responsibility...I agree that some dogs don't train very well regardless of how much love they are shown by a responsible owner. to compare the untrained dog running out on to the road and the sin of man is silly Terry...if you don't "get it" that's too bad and so sad but don't bog yourself and others down with special pleading.