Originally Posted by starlein26
Why do you think god would rather you spend eternity in heaven with someone who might have murdered an raped your child (but has asked for forgiveness) but send me to hell?
Well, God holds a very special love for repentant sinners vs. the souls who were always "just" or faithful. Perhaps that is because He recognizes how difficult it is to get out of the grip of the devil and repent from a life of sin? I don't know.
Here's a good Scripture passage on that subject:
"What think you? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them should go astray: doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the mountains, and go to seek that which is gone astray? And if it so be that he find it: Amen I say to you, he rejoiceth more for that, than for the ninety-nine that went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish." Matthew 18:12-14/DRV
The souls who are in Heaven do not care at all what the sins were of their companions there during their lives on earth. At the General Judgment at the end of time, all private sins will be revealed to all people, (i.e. I'll see yours, you'll see mine). But for those who are in Heaven, they would look at it in a sense of, "Praise God! You responded to God's grace and overcame!" rather than a sense of horror at what you had done back on earth. In other words, I guess you could say you'd be happy that the murdering pedophile repented, if that makes sense.
Also, God would condemn someone who did not acknowledge His Sovreignty and Authority as their Creator as a most serious crime, as that is in itself the very First Commandment, and so therefore a more serious offense than the murdering pedophile's violation of the Fourth Commandment.