Have you tried condemning people because of their bad deeds and found yourself also being a bad person to others. We think of revenge. But naturally, a worse person could later change into a better person in the future.
Do you wonder if why we have to kill or judge people when we believe men could change their hearts in the future?
Just a thought here. Yes, people can have a change of heart and attitude. But, killing someone in our criminal justice system isn't necessarily about revenge. I support the death penalty on limited grounds. The woman in Texas who killed all of her children. My heart went out to her. The young man in Aurora who shot all of those people in the theater. Both heinous acts committed by sick minds. What becomes of them when they come to grips with their actions? Can they ever find peace? What torture will remorse do to them? What is the compassionate solution?
Gladly we don't have the death penalty here. I would be vehemently opposed to such a thing. I do not propose to know how to deal with people who commit such heinous acts, all I know is that killing them makes us no better than them.
I believe in forgiveness and rehabilitation, but I have thought for many years that to disarm a person of their weapon makes sense to me. If a person's crime is rape, I feel the idea still applies. Knowing this is a consequence would dissuade ppl I believe.
If you believe in forgiveness and a person's ability to change for the better, here's a wrench I can throw into your cogs: sociopaths. Sociopaths don't care, sociopaths don't want to change, and sociopaths don't see the evil in sticking a knife into a squirming, screaming bag of meat to watch it stop screaming and squirming.
In the world of skeptics, this cannot be solved but in the world of faith to the Creator, we hope and pray for his change and miracle. I stick with faith that has been with human beings since the beginning of time.
Wrestling with forgiveness. A have to admit that is a tough issue for me, always has been.
Not too long ago I read about a woman who was taking care of someone else's 2 daughters and for whatever reason the mother and her family appeared not to care for the eldest 16-year-old girl and thusly began treating this girl horribly by bathing her in scalding hot water, pushing her down the basement steps, using a burning hot needle to carve into her flesh "I am a prostitute." As well as inviting neighborhood kids over to inflict more pain on to the 16-year-old child such as burning her with cigarettes.
After the 16-year-old died the mother was sent to prison for I believe somewhere around 40 years but because she had become a model prisoner she was released in something like a little over 20 years. She had become a better person but my question is how does her becoming a better person alleviate any of the grief, horror and suffering that the 16-year-old had to in endure?
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