Thank you for taking the time to respond to that thought. I have three children myself and is why the thought initially came to me. In fact, my youngest turns two today. A while back, I had to tear down an older play set in the yard and my children watched with hurt in their eyes. It started to make me think, “Would I have built a play set if I knew for a fact one of my children was to be hurt on it”? (In my case and knowing my kids, that is a guarantee)
I notice foreshadowing events (and have been taught) in the old testament where I believe God would show prophets and his people the dynamic of their relationship with him (Abraham & Isaac - Hosea & Gomer). These two situations, for example, show different facets of love. These two events, in particular, show intentional decisions that go against our nature. Love, as I have been taught, is a choice we consciously make and a choice God consciously made to create us with the foreknowledge of what was to come. My point here is after the choice is made, we have a proclivity for things tied to love. Responsibility can be both. We can have an inclination for responsibility similar to emotion or it can be chosen. For this reason, I lean toward thinking that is isn’t synonymous but certainly not mutually exclusive with love. For example, I can choose to be responsible for things I don’t love and I can feel responsible for things I don’t love. We are told in John 3 that “God so loved the world”. That answer is often insufficient for those who don’t believe love to be a choice (but only an emotion) or believe in a creator who would knowingly create a universe where he would have sent his son to die because of how corrupt his creation would become.
My line of thinking was to approach this from view I could wrap my head around without spewing heresy! I know I can’t speak for God and it feels like going down this road gets danger close to that. I am sorry if I am all over the place with this.
Thank you very much for your thoughts on this, I will chew on this some more.