I’ve been struggling lately to reconcile a line of thought that goes something like this:
- God’s love is unconditional.
- But forgiveness of sin (Sacrament of Reconciliation) is a requisite for receiving the state of grace necessary for salvation
- Repentance is a requisite for forgiveness.
- If I do not repent, or even acknowledge that I NEED to be forgiven, such as our modern denial that sin even exists), I cannot be forgiven.
- If repentance and forgiveness are requisites for salvation, and if God’s desire is for all His children to be saved and live with Him eternally in heaven (the definition of Divine Love?), then is His love truly unconditional? Are there not “pre-requisites” for salvation?
- How do we reconcile all the above with Roman 5:8, 'while we were still sinners Christ died for us"
Please help me to better understand. Thank you.