dna4ever, on Monday, December 7th, 2009, 1:52 PM, said:
This subject was brought up over beers this weekend.A week or two ago a guy here got executed in Nashville for 3 early 80's murders of a 2 men and a child.Over his near 30 year stint in prison he came to find the Lord.He publicly asked the Lord to forgive him for his sins during his last words.Is he in Heaven now?2nd part ... Can a serial killer kill someone every night and ask for forgiveness each night then wash, rinse and repeat the same said sin with said request for the Lord's forgiveness and still be invited past the Pearly Gates?
1st part - Everyone does wrong. There was a criminal being executed next to Jesus on the cross that reprimanded another criminal for harassing Jesus. Jesus said that he would be with him in paradise. So the answer is obviously, that yes, he very well could be in heaven after execution.___________________________________________________2nd part - Almost certainly not. If you have Jesus in your heart, your life will naturally produce good works, according to many Biblical sources, but primarily the book of James. 'Asking' for forgiveness isn't a free ticket to sin.Romans 6: 1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. 8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. 15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. 19I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. 20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.If you read that, then you have your answer from a Biblical standpoint.
LongLiveYorke, on Monday, December 7th, 2009, 2:45 PM, said:
It's pretty clear that, if you're actually sorry, you'll be let into heaven.There's no rule that says you can't get into heaven if you claim to be sorry for a crime, commit the crime again, and then actually become sorry after the second crime.I mean, it's God, he knows how you actually feel. There's no "tricking" him.
JoeyJoJo, on Monday, December 7th, 2009, 5:00 PM, said:
The reason for finding Christ doesn't matter if you do, in fact, find Christ.Nobody lives a "perfectly" moral life.
Wow... I think the Christian side of the forum has done a pretty good job explaining their side of this issue, as you guys were perfect in your explanation of 'our side'.
speedz99, on Monday, December 7th, 2009, 4:48 PM, said:
But the answer to your next question is, "Yes. A man who kills 173 people in cold blood and then finds christ in prison due to his fear of being executed will get into heaven, while someone who leads a perfectly moral life but is not christian won't get through the gates. The lord works in mysterious ways...and is very needy."
This is a very skewed version of the Biblical God, and general Biblical theology. 'Finding Christ' is free, but you certainly can't trick God. Killing 173 people will have consequences.