Genocide and heaven


Known as Camdodia’s Himmler; Kang Khek Ieu was responsible for the deaths, or murders of around 17,000 people during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. He coverted to Christianity after meeting American missionaries. His true identity was exposed AFTER he had converted to Christianity. Should he have been rejected/ejected once he had been exposed. Even though he claims that his only option was to
play such a major role in the reign of terror,(His commanders threatening his family), will he still be accepted into Heaven?


Well, we’re all sinners, some just appear worse than others. Bernard Nathansen was an abortionist, responsible for the direct murder of countless unborn children, and the indirect murder of even more, as he was a staunch promoter of “abortion rights”. He repented of his sins, and is now a Catholic (I don’t know the exact details of his conversion. I think he repented of the abortions first, then found Catholicism later, but I could be wrong). I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of his repentence and conversion, which I can only assume is as profound as my own (I was never an abortionist, but in my “heathen” days, I believe I did break every one of the 10 commandments, as well as The Greatest Commandment given us by Christ himself). I don’t see how Kang Kheck leu could be any different. Since his identity as a killer wasn’t known until after he converted, I don’t see that he became a Christian to somehow “escape justice”. And if we started “expelling” people from Christianity for their past sins that we have no reason to believe they haven’t repented of, then we’re going against Christ himself, who came “to call not the righteous but sinners”. The only unforgivable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which has been explained to me as being the belief that we cannot, be forgiven, that our sins are greater than God’s mercy. So yes, I would say that Kang has just as good of shot at heaven as I do, after going through purgatory, which may or may not be more painful than the rest of our journeys there, only God knows that.

In Christ,



are you asking if there is a limit to God’s forgiveness and mercy?


Presuming his conversion to Christianity is authentic, he should not be “ejected” or excommunicated.

On the other hand. That does not mean that his crimes should go unpunished. On the contrary, if his conversion was indeed authentic, his conscience should persuade him to accept whatever penalty the court grants. Additionally, he should cooperate with prosecutors and investigators to help locate other Khmer Rouge criminals.

For those less familiar with the case, here is a news article.

Some background information from Wikipedia (reliability unknown.)

As a side note, I will never forget a political cartoon I saw upon the occasion of the death of Pol Pot. It was nothing but an empty box. The caption read “Mourners at Pol Pot’s funeral.”


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