Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Redemption

Is redemption ever truly possible? How far can we fall and God still lift us up? 

How do we measure atonement? In years in prison, or dollars of restitution? 

All the advances of science owing to testing on "lesser races" or the "mentally inferior" - do we throw them aside as bites of the poisoned apple? If a doctor discovered a cure for AIDS, but only as the result of a study that infected hundreds of unknowing subjects, is he a saviour or a sinner? By curing them, does he ultimately obtain absolution? 

What of the frustrated boy, saddled too young with the responsibilities of man, who kills a baby? Is his redemption possible? Is atonement achieved by years of jail or is something more required? 

And what of us, those who stood by and did nothing? Can we be redeemed, or is too late?  

2 Comments:

Blogger Merry said...

I don't think he can be redeemed if he can't change.

Maybe he can't help having a temper, but he can help taking it out on other people. Punch the damn wall if you have to. Don't pick up an infant and throw her across the room.

Can you be redeemed? Geez, woman, did you know what was going on? Suspicions aren't proof. A better question might be can you forgive (yourself or him).

10:04 AM, July 23, 2009  
Blogger Scope Dope Cherrybomb said...

I have to agree with Merry about forgiving yourself or him. As I said in the last post It is Not Your Fault. Please don't be blaming yourself for what happened. I am sure you didn't know he was hurting the children or you would have reported it.
Forgive yourself.

I agree that he was too young to be saddled with those responsibilities but he chose them when he chose the mother. He definitely needs anger management. I don't know if sitting in prison solves the problem.

I don't know what the answer is. I have always believed that things happen for a reason. We don't always know what the reason is.

For some reason this makes me think of the line from the children's hymn, "God sees the little sparrow fall. It meets his tender view." The little one is in his hands now.

6:02 PM, July 24, 2009  

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