So the parable of the prodigal son is always given to show God's acceptance of repentant sinners. Many similar stories (from the Bible or church history) are told of people who lived in sin their entire life and one day some life-changing event happens and they become saints. But this narrative is so silly because the vast majority of people don't change overnight, and certainly not without a good motive.
What if the prodigal son after returning to the father gets bored and decides to sell the ring and all the other expensive stuff his dad gave him, and makes enough cash to leave his father again?
Say he makes the same bad investments as before and ends up broke again then he goes back to his father saying the same words: "I have sinned before heaven and thee, no longer worthy to be your son, make me one of your hired servants". Would the father accept him again this time? Would he kick him out? Or would he take him up on the offer and make him a servant (teach him a lesson sort of speak)?
If the father accepts him again as a son, what is to prevent the son from staying again for a few days then leaving a third, fourth, fifth time, etc... Clearly he can enjoy the best of both worlds: his father's wealth and the company of his bad friends. Aside from any emotional bond he may have with his father (which he clearly didn't have to begin with), why wouldn't he keep going back and fourth as long as he says "sorry daddy" every time he comes back?
If you haven't understood the point of this question by now, what I am asking is:
- Is God's acceptance of sinners who repent and confess their sins endless (ie will he continue to forgive repeat offenders until they die?)
- If the answer is yes, why wouldn't any self-serving rational person take advantage of this by enjoying the pleasures of sin as long as they say sorry after (which is what repentance essentially is)?
Important Note: I am saying that any self-serving person "would" take advantage of this system but I am not saying that they "should". Self-serving behavior is something we all do whether we like to admit it or not (ex: hiding the good deeds we do on earth so that we get a reward in heaven); a self-serving prodigal son would likely take advantage of his father if there are no consequences. However that doesn't make it morally correct.