God is on both sides of every transaction.
I'm thinking of the kinds of transactions that cause people to doubt
God's very existence or at least his loving nature. Things like
rapes, assaults, beatings, attacks, aggressions of all sorts. If God
is equally vested in the eternal well-being of both the perpetrator
and the victim, if God views each of them as a beloved child, albeit
perhaps a severely wayward child - how does it change things?
It has me wondering who's really "doing" what to whom? Who really is
in charge of the transaction? What if through the so-called victim,
God actually is accomplishing something sacred beyond our comprehension. Something involving the salvation and sanctification of all?
What if in some cosmic sense the so-called victim is actually an accomplice?
A strange idea? For sure. One that get's even stranger when we include the suffering of animals under human jurisdiction.
Yet, isn't something like this what was going on at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ?