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Do We Forgive Child Rapists Because That’s What Jesus Would Do?

I recently posted a blog titled “Pedophiles and Child Molesters In Prison”, and I have to admit that I was taken aback by some of the feedback in which I received on my social media.

As a convicted murderer who has been fortunate enough to have met and received forgiveness from my victim’s family, I would believe that at the very least that I’m capable of comprehending the importance of forgiveness. I just can’t find it in me to write child molestation off, not for religious reasons or any other reasons.

“Bus Driver” over here preyed on a child, stole a child’s innocence, damaged this child for the rest of his or her life, and he did so for sexual gratification. How can anybody say, “That’s okay, Jesus died for our sins, so ‘Bus Driver’ will be forgiven?” You kidding me?

I’m aware of the level of pain and destruction I’ve caused throughout my life, and I’m understanding of the fact that some people simply won’t forgive me for my crimes and the damage done. Everybody is entitled to their chosen ways of life, and everybody is entitled to extend their forgiveness to whom they see fit. I’m just asking for a little bit of logic.

On the flip side of this, how would one feel if it was their child who was a victim of sexual abuse? Experience has shown me that they would flip flop. For example, there is a prisoner here, his name is Steven Bender. Prior to him getting incarcerated he was a correctional officer. Everybody hated him, because he was a vicious redneck, and he kept his foot on the necks of the men. He despised inmates.

Wouldn’t you know old Bender the correctional officer would eventually get convicted of 1st degree murder, and now he himself is an inmate. Needless to say his views have now changed and when he’s not being tormented by the very men he used to torment, he’s spending his time helping men get out of jail.

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