He cannot fathom the fact that God is truly just and can exercise His justice at will without showing mercy.Ain't no doubt. The vessels of Wrath were created for destruction, no mercy!
Their view of God isn't the true biblical God which causes them to have always held the anti-biblical narrative that they've always loved him.
He teaches he was never at enmity with "God," always loved "him" yet when shown the truth of God in Scripture he then shows enmity and hostility toward His Person.
Gotta have the right God presented to get the true reaction of the natural man, not the god who is a truncated version of the true, a figment of their carnal imagination.
Everybody loves the god they created. After all, he looks at "him" in the mirror every morning, and "they" always agree with "one another."