- Religion and Philosophy
Prisoners and Inmates Who Claim to have Found Jesus or God!
Am I the only one who finds it a little bit of a coincidence that a huge amount of prisoners facing long sentences behind bars seem to suddenly "find Jesus or find God?" This has started to increasingly "grate" with me as I watch many crime programmes on Sky, and I do find it very unlikely that these people only found their faith after they were locked up.
Surely most people would agree that this reeks of people desperate to either shorten their sentence, get parole or to avoid the death penalty! Maybe a few of them are the real deal and genuine cases, but how do we sort out the wheat from the chaff when so many are trying to convince us they have been 'born again' and now realise the error of their ways?
I also wonder how many of these prisoners would actually continue to claim to have 'found Jesus' if they were released back into normal society, and is there any track record available of prisoners that did exactly that?
My instincts tell me that most of these convicts are simply looking for an early ticket out of prison, or a way to get a reprieve from the death penalty. Perhaps they think they will get an easier ride in the prison system if they are a member of the "God Squad". For my own part I find this whole claim incredibly irritating, and cannot help wondering why so many people seem to fall for it, especially 'prisoner visiting' clergy and nuns. I suspect they feel they need to make a difference, therefore a prisoner who claims to have found God or Jesus is a success story for them, and it is so much easier to believe this has really happened than to consider the possibility that this prisoner is lying in order to make it easier to procure an earlier release date, at which point any signs of a religious epiphany will rapidly disappear!
It no doubt goes without saying that when watching the start of a crime programme on Sky tonight featuring a female inmate showing the camera crew around her cell, and making a point of saying "and these are my Bibles", frustrates the hell out of me, enough to prompt me to write this article. If only all these so called 'converts' had made the effort to look into religion before they committed their crimes and listened to their consciences screaming at them (if they have such a thing), then they could be happily worshipping in a church now rather than languishing in a prison somewhere and saying they are now true followers of Christ the Lord!
Many Convicted Criminals Find God in Prison
'Ever hear it said that even an atheist starts to believe in God when really trying circumstances arise? I know you've heard it said that God is in prison because so many people find him when they serve a prison sentence.'
Give me a break please!
Just a few examples.
Myra Hindley, probably the most notorious child killer in the UK along with her partner Ian Brady. Fortunately she is now dead and was never released.
Raymond Guay, now 60, was paroled from a West Virginia prison in September after serving 25 years for the 1973 kidnapping and murder of a 12-year-old boy and an additional 10 years for other offenses, including the kidnapping of a New Hampshire couple when he briefly escaped from state prison in 1982.
Maurice Clemmons, 37, who had a criminal history complete with violent, psychotic outbursts, was set free by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, in spite of having gunned down and killed four Police Officers. It would appear that Governor/Preacher Mike Huckabee decided that even if you are a violent criminal, if you claim to have found God while in prison (along with 99.9% of the other convicts) that you should be forgiven and released, (Maurice was later killed whilst committing a further violent crime).
There are numerous examples available for anyone who searches the Internet or watches the crime documentary channels on Sky or Cable. So why is it that so many people fall for the so called claims of "Conversion to Christianity", and for those of us with a healthily sceptical mind and an ounce of common sense, doesn't it just drive you just as crazy as it does me to hear this unbelievable rubbish?