Can an evil person become good?

The question arises; can an evil person become a good person? If so, how much time is allowed to achieve this purity of mind? Is it only one lifetime that one has to achieve this goal, or do we have more time? Some religions believe that it is only this lifetime that we are judged on, while other religions believe that we have many life times to purify our minds.

If you believe in having only one lifetime, where does God place all the evil people in the world? In society, we have institutions called prisons that keep these people separated from the rest of society. In many cases, if the system feels that the criminal has changed, he or she is released into society. In certain cases, if society feels that they are too dangerous, they execute them, and metaphorically send them early to God. But what does God do with these lost souls?

Some say that God has a prison system called purgatory or hell.  Satan is said to run this overcrowded institution. Unlike the prisons in society, there is no way out of this “hell hole. There is no chance to escape from these endless sufferings. But who will end up in this inferno? Jack the Ripper, Adolf Hitler, and other notorious villains will obviously roam these grounds. But there also may be our children, our parents, and friends that may have taken the wrong path. How about the youths that were influenced by evil individuals, or organization? Why were they not given a chance to change?

The concept of heaven and a hell would be an acceptable solution if one believed that evil was not immutable; therefore the subject deserves to be punished forever. But if one believes that evil can be converted to good, then the concept of causality may be more agreeable. The law of causality states that good thoughts and actions lead to joy; evil thoughts and actions result in suffering for the individual. This becomes the process of purifying our minds over many life times. The law of causality gives us many opportunities to change evil into good.

About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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