Can a serial murderer or someone who has raped and tortured children, enter heaven and be forgiven by God? If the answer is yes, then how would you justify this or be able to explain the reasoning behind it to a non believer? Seems like a real emotional problem but also a difficult intellectual one as well.
Everyone understands that God will forgive the liar, thief or fornicator. But the rapist, murderer and pedophile? Those just seem on to be on a whole other level. Probably every single person has lied, but not every single person has raped.
This question phrased in another way would be “So are you telling me that an atheist who lives a decent moral life trying to love others will not go to heaven, but the rapist or murderer can? What kind of a God would allow that?!”
I understand that even breaking one law (stealing when you were a kid) is enough to send you to hell. But the hard part is that, aren’t some sins more severe than others? Shouldn’t some sins require harsher punishments? In court, a thief doesn’t get the same sentence as a murderer. But with God they both get the same sentence? It’s hard to wrap my head around this one!
There are two sides to this question: 1) How can people who have done evil things enter heaven over good atheists? and 2) How can really evil people and not-so-bad people both go to hell, getting the same punishment? So what do you think? Can you help Jesse out? Can you defend God’s justice? What is the horrific sin that everybody shares? You’re going to need some knowledge of theology for this one. Give us your ideas, and Brett will let you know how you did on Thursday.
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