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Q:

Some of us were talking about serial killers, and the question came up about whether or not God could forgive them. Most of us felt it wouldn't be right for them to go to heaven like everyone else, but what would you say?


A:

Human life is sacred in God’s eyes, and deliberately murdering someone is a terrible act—so terrible that the Old Testament decreed the murderer must pay for it with his life. One of the Ten Commandments declares, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13).

The amazing thing, however, is that God can forgive anyone who truly repents and puts their faith and trust in Christ for their salvation—even a murderer! Do you remember the Apostle Paul’s background? At one time, he hated Christians and was responsible for the death of some of them: “When the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval” (Acts 22:20). And yet when Paul gave his life to Christ, God forgave him and used him to spread the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire.

Never forget: None of us deserves God’s forgiveness and salvation. No matter who we are, the Bible says we all have sinned, and we all deserve only God’s judgment. But the good news is this: God loves us, and Christ came into the world to save us. When we repent of our sins and receive Him into our hearts, God has promised to forgive us—completely and fully.

Have you made your peace with God? Have you turned in faith to Christ and committed your life to Him? Don’t trust in your own goodness for your salvation, but trust Christ and what He did on the cross for you. Make your commitment to Him today.

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9 Comments

  1. Jackeline Perez says:

    I’m sorry but I too believe that a serial killer should not be forgiven. They kill alot of people for pleasure. They feel no sympathy, remorse, or guilt. The things that must of them do to their victems are so gruesom. I believe is pure evil. They are like demons. They should pay for the lives they took forever. That is what I believe. To carry all that evil and act on it as well, is to me, unforgivable. Simply my opinion and belief. The people they torcherd and killed sufferd greatly and they were all a precious life. That should not be forgiven.

    1. Ashley says:

      Hey Jackeline I read your comment and felt led to share my thoughts on the matter. I understand where you’re coming from, and It’s one of the most difficult things to understand about God’s love, especially when we remember we are called to love like Him. It’s true that people who commit unthinkable crimes for their own pleasure carry and wear evil like a crown. However, in these instances I don’t believe we are meant to dwell on whether or not people like this deserve to be forgiven but rather we are meant to seek understanding of God’s love; even of the most depraved individuals Our purpose in this world isn’t to decide which individuals are deserving of God’s love because He has already declared that answer through Jesus and a cross.

  2. Travis Nelson Beaver says:

    Im willing to hear more about God.

    1. Ashley says:

      Travis it’s so exciting to hear someone say they want to know more about God! That is all that’s needed to allow God into our lives. The desire to know more and the will to seek that knowledge. There’s a lot of ways you can find out more but the best way is to open up His word. If you have a bible I recommend starting with the New Testament or if you don’t you can go to a site like Bible Gateway. Message back if you have questions.

  3. Janice says:

    wish I knew I was forgiven for all my sins

    1. Glenn says:

      Janice.. I came across your message on a Billy Graham site where you said you ‘wish you knew you were forgiven of all your sins’.. In case you have that doubt still.. I want you to know.. That if you asked Jesus to forgive you and you’ve repented from what ever sin(s) you may have or had.. Then God’s Word says you are forgiven.. and that God remembers your sins no more. Satan will always be there to remind you of your past and your mistakes.. but don’t listen to him.. He is just a liar and a thief.. Ask Jesus for forgiveness Janice.. and He will forgive you.. Completely!! 🙂

  4. Sharon says:

    I wish i could just get a hug from God nd hear him say, ‘everything is fine’

    1. Glenn says:

      Hi Sharon.. I saw your message you left on a Billy Graham site today from a couple of years ago.. If you are still needing that ‘hug’ or need another one.. God’s sending you a BIG HUG right now and wants you to know EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT.. Whatever you are going through.. Know this.. God knows of it and He’s got it.. God loves you Sharon and all is going to be alright.. He wants you to know that right now.. today! 🙂

    2. Wanda Davis says:

      What is a vessel of wrath fitted for destruction?