you see that's the problem...
am I sorry for the things I've done? yes
have I said so to the offended or injured person? sometimes yes, others no. (if they're dead it's hard to do, long story)
Have I "atoned" for the sin? I've tried by living my life and trying to help and care for people.
If placed in the same situation, would I repeat the sin?
In combat or in some other form of actions in areas of operations, presented with similar circumstances.... I know myself, yes I probably would do the same d#mn things again.
Now there's the rub. I've avoided the temptations as much as possible. Never put myself in situations where I could be tempted but it happens, women, booze, etc..... I'm older and not a soldier and the violence isn't a job description. But underneath my temperament hasn't changed and I fear that if placed in a confrontation or if someone or something were to hurt my family I would not be able to turn the cheek, accept God's will and I pray that I'm never given the full measure of God's test. The one that says "God knows your limits and will never give you more of a burden than you can bear with his support and faith in him." .......
Christians may have options, but to be truly repentant you have to change, you can't be the same old person...... you do need to be "born" again as a person of Christ. People like myself who need to, find it the hardest to change. We are weak and pathetic Christians in name only but afraid of what giving it all up would mean and if God truly would be there to help us.
I was reading the posts of some of the guys that know the Bible and how certain they are of what is what and who is going to heaven and who the bad people are.......
I've been around awhile and I can pretty much tell you that there are very few really "good" people and even those that are "good" could hide a secret inside that only God and themselves are aware of. so whose to know?
I realize it's off topic but thanks for letting me "rant".
We humans are a sinful lot, it is our very nature.
It is almost excepted that we are going to stumble during our journey. The literal definition of sin is “to miss the mark.”
The difference for the faithful man is that he does repent. He tries to make himself into someone who will not repeat his previous failings and he does so through the strength and mercy of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
It is the struggle that makes us stronger.
When I hear the words “God loves you just as you are,” I hear people being told not to even try to struggle, to surrender to their worst impulses and to strive forward surrounded by the false knowledge that none of it matters to God.
Deceiving people in that manner is the very opposite of doing good.