And one of the most obvious truths there is for some people.
Almost everyone, I suppose, is aware of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas and their penchant for preaching a God of hate
Josef Miles, a mere child of nine-years-of-age, decided to do something in response to the constant hate-picketing of Westboro Church members:
As he reflected on that, Josef said, he decided that "I didn't want everybody to think that Topeka has a bad image." So on the day earlier this month when they came upon the protesters again, "I thought about it for a minute" and concluded that "God hates no one" would be the right thing to say.
Because "that is true," Josef said.
Most of us who do much thinking about God have some conception of what God (if one exists) must be like. I've stated before on my blog that, if nothing else, God serves as a powerful symbol of our highest ideal of what we humans should be: wise, just, kind, merciful, etc. Many people feel that hate is not a desirable emotion. Thus, they reason as does young Josef, that God would not, could not be a hater.
I suppose Western philosophy will continue to grapple with theistic notions of God. If so, I certainly prefer Miles' version to that of the Westboro crowd, which is actually a worldview that emphasizes the most negative aspects of John Calvin's theology.