When did God actually lose control of his kingdom and why?
Well, its all "free will" of course. A world where everyone could do nothing other than the right thing, and never knowing the difference, would of course be terrible. Not sure exactly why, but it MUST be terrible, right? Because Yahweh decided that everyone loving him, and everyone being guaranteed
heaven, was not good enough.....for him
Because the people involved would never know any different, so it would all be the same to him. So the one and only
being that would benefit from man having free will.....was Yahweh. So Yahweh gave man free will - despite knowing for certain all the problems this would lead to, and knowing for certain that it would mean some people not getting to heaven.
So Yahweh grants free will so that some people will choose to love him - a colossal ego stroke, and never mind the severe downside for those who choose against him. Actually, wait - before "free will", there would have BEEN no downside - why would Yahweh create the punishment when nobody could possibly go there?
So Yahweh not only created free will to make himself feel more loved, he ALSO set up exactly
what the punishment would be. It could have been simply death and straight to nonexistence, it could have been a slap, and then entry to heaven.....but no. For daring to not love a person for giving the "gift" of the exchange of 100% heaven for a lesser percentage, Yahweh decided to make the downside as horrific as possible.
I don't understand why, though. If Yahweh is indeed the most wonderful and cuddly and all-round-smashing chap that he wants us to believe, how COULD anyone not love him? Why does Yahweh need the big stick, when the carrot is (apparently) so damn good?
We would ALL be in heaven, guaranteed - if Yahweh hadn't decided that wasn't enough for him.
Those who didn't choose him would never know they'd lost out - if Yahweh hadn't decided that wasn't enough for him.
It's a puzzler all right.