The emphatic letter (“Posing a conundrum to God,” Dec. 29) regarding a religious situation that prevents the writer from believing in God is potentially quite tragic, especially at the age of 14. The writer declares he could not spend time in heaven with the more despicable elements of society if God chose to forgive them. What the writer does not yet understand is that God does not forgive the unrepentant. But, if a person truly repents in the truest and purist sense of the word, then that which was evil no longer exists.
However, the problem of an inclination and weakness not to forgive obviously still exists in the writer’s young mind, which has not yet developed an awareness and acceptance of the power and beauty of God’s forgiveness. Given time, which is why God gives us life, the young writer’s concern and good heart will come to discover the problem is not with God; it’s within him as it is within all of us. For if not for God’s love and forgiveness, heaven would be devoid of all humanity.