[quote=jeffreedy789]wow. everyone who’s posted so far (that i read - sorry if i missed you) seems convinced that a person who did this sort of thing is a ‘horrible monster’ utterly disconnected from our own propensity for sin.
what you’ve described is a horrible act.
but are we saying that we are not capable of it? that we’re ‘good people’ and this is a ‘bad person’?
do we not consider that ‘but for the grace of God, there go i’?
we are all sinful people. all of us, if put in the wrong situation, with the wrong upbringing, and the wrong ‘understanding’ of the world, could be capable of atrocities worse than this. no?
this, my friends, is why our vote should be for life imprisonment, with heavy emphasis on rehabilitation. because if it were me, that’s what i’d want. this is a person, who can spend his eternity in heaven or hell, based on whether we kill him now, or give him time to learn about what he did, and what it means, and why it’s wrong, and what to do about it.
our outrage at his act makes us want ‘five minutes alone’. but this outrage is not toward the person - it’s toward the action. the person needs our love - just as we need God’s.
Do you mean to say that there is no culpability for sin? That we have no choice when we sin. Sin is, by definition, a choice. Isn’t the person who would commit such horrible acts a monster? If not, what does it take to become a monster? 10 children? 50 children? 100? One long-term study of hundreds of sex offenders found that the pedophile child molester committed an average of 281 acts with 150 partners. The most conservative study I have ever seen said that the average child molester has molested 18 children before they are caught the first time. Most are repeat offenders…
Now, I know that most child molesters don’t murder their victims, but the rape is (In my opinon) the worst part of the crime…the murder is horrible, but the rape is a violation.