speedz99, on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, 8:15 PM, said:
You're describing an invisible line between good and evil. This line is standard for everyone...it has to be, since if you let everyone choose their own line you'd have Hitler and a whole host of suicide bombers getting into heaven because from their points of view they were honestly doing mankind a service. So since this line is standard, every action can be lumped into a binary "not evil" or "evil". That's not as easy as you think, and while I agree that the Dahmers of the world probably would never truly repent, because they believed what they did was all well and good, I think there are lots of other examples of people who did horrific things that really could ask for forgiveness and mean it.
I agree it's not as easy as I made it sound, which is why it always comes down to "only God knows". I just think it's a lot easier to make a judgment call as a human from the outside looking in than some religious people would like to make it. I like what you said about the line being standard for everyone, but I disagree. I think each person has an individual invisible line that if they push it, they can snap and no longer have that whole mind, master of the domain. I have a stepsister who had an abortion, spent a month sleeping in graveyards, wailing away and wallowing in filth, wracked with guilt, because she believed that what she had done was it for her,no turning back. She currently resides in a mental institution where it would seem she was right- she is not all there, a wrecked human being. She had lived a life where she had made all kinds of what one would classify as bad choices, but that particular one for whatever reason was the catalyst for the abyss, madness I guess. I also dated a woman who had had 4 abortions and it was like getting a tooth pulled, no big deal. Who knows where her line is? I also have a sister in law who attempted to sell her kids to an undercover FBI agent as sex slaves. She seems to be a rational human being, and is currently serving a 20 plus sentence, but this person, if you knew her, for whatever reason can't seem to make a solid choice about much of anything. When given a choice between good and bad, she most often will go bad, and egregiously so. I am sure she has decided to turn to the lord, and convincingly so, but I am also sure that if she were let out, it would be back to doing all the wrong she could. Her repentance would most likely never be real. The moral of the issue is the mind is fascinating and I need a new family.
Don't you guys think that the puncher probably just mistook Snookers for a mean little goblin? Like, he was all drunk and it was dark and some goblin starts yelling at him, he was probably like, oh shit there's a monster in the club!, and then he just reacted without thinking and punched a bitch.- Tim Wakefield