sbemis, God IS benevolent. He long ago concluded that, since both Jew and Gentile where sinners, then He would have mercy upon all. But in terms of salvation, it must be done HIS way, not ours.We are simply too stupid to have figured it out ourselves. And He only requires two things for someone to be saved (see Romans 10:9). That ain't asking much. But yet man continues in his rebellion. Don't expect that to work.