Heard something very funny today. The number of people who are executed in this country is actually down a bit. Death penalty advocates are saying it is because more people fear this punishment than ever before. Those on the opposition say it’s because jurors have more option available to them. Personally, I’m more with the latter camp, because if you ask me, the advocates just really don’t have a clue.
The advocates assume that people actually think about the consequences of their actions before committing a crime. Those who actually plan out a crime before committing it work out how not to get caught; I really doubt the consequences of what will happen if they actually do get caught even cross their minds.
Let’s look at it this way, something like 85% plus of this country’s population claims to be Christian. The divorce rate in this country is about 50%ish. Divorce by the state is not annulment by the church; therefore nearly 50% of all Christians will be spending eternity in Hell for violating one of the commandments. And that does not even touch the all but .01% of them who will spend all of eternity suffering in the fiery pits of Hell for taking God’s name in vain!
The consequences of ones actions are usually not considered until you are facing those consequences. Once that happens, our attention will immediately shift away to justifying those actions or minimizing the impact by pleading to something lesser. Consequences be dammed.