I can't bother with all of that Gomer...I'm stuck on what the bible says, human wisdom ain't gonna cut it for me
I'm one of those dyed in the wool Isaiah 55:8-11 folks
I take the 11th verse of Isaiah 55 as God's way of saying what I'm trying to say
HIS WILL IS SOVEREIGN!
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You're using human logic to have God act in unjust, unmerciful ways, Should we cross out all the verses that say God is love, just and merciful?
I do not deny God accomplishes His will but He does not have to over-ride man's free will in the process and make men sin against his own will.
Like I said if I could ask Jonah one question while he was in the belly of the whale it would be
"Hey dude, hows that free choice workin for ya?"
I'm certain he would answer
"I'll let you know when I get to Nineveh!"
I'm certain of it!
Jonah 1:1,2 "Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me."
If Jonah had no free will he would have gone to Nineveh just like a preprogrammed robot, "But
Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD...", v3.
There's your free will. God punished Jonah for disobeying and God has the right to punish those that disobey but because God punishes does not mean man has no free will.
After Jonah was punished God asked Jonah a second time, "And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.", Jonah 3:1,2. What did Jonah choose of HIS OWN WILL this second time to do? "So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD.", v3. There's your free will again.
Nowhere did God force Jonah to commit any sin against Jonah's will just so God could punish him.