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Question 42

Hi Father Could this actually be a reality in the next life? I mean will rapists, murderers, sexual offenders and abusers be together with their victims should they repent?     



Answer to Question 42


 We do not know or understand the depths of Godís love, mercy or judgement, but Christ told us that he came to call sinners to repentance and that all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men, except the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. Did Christ not also say that joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance?  


If someoneís repentance is such that Christ accepts him into his heavenly abode, why should that trouble us? Are we so righteous that we can tell Christ who he can save and who he canít or that we belong in heaven and the other person doesnít?   Certain crimes are horrendous and with our human logic and judgement people who commit them should be eternally punished, but what about our own sins shouldnít we also be punished for the little sins we do or donít they count? This is what Christ meant when he said judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  


Let us therefore learn to apply these God saving teachings of our Lord to our lives and leave judgement of others to God for only he knows the repentant depths of the heart.