God loves the wicked and the blasphemous – but till when? The contrast between the good and the bad thief…

The Gospel of Saint Luke relates that two thieves were crucified with Jesus: one on his right and the other on his left. One of them, repentant, prayed to Jesus: ‘Remember me when you come into your kingdom’ (Lk 23: 42). The other was obstinate in his sins and blasphemed. The first received pardon and Paradise. The other received Jesus’ silence. In the example these two thieves, God manifests the limits of his love and mercy for men.

Is it correct to affirm that God always loves the sinner, even the obstinate and blasphemous sinner? What does the sinner need in order to receive divine love and mercy? Let’s go into the nuances with the Magisterium of the Church… Read on

3 thoughts on “God loves the wicked and the blasphemous – but till when? The contrast between the good and the bad thief…

  1. In a word, Francis is hinting that there is nothing really so bad about sin. You can go on sinning, for God will definitely pardon you. Way back in my childhood that had a name – the sin of presumption.

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    • Right on! If God loved the unrepentant wicked and blasphemous so much, there would not be a difference between the good and the bad thief. The comparison annihilates Francis’ wily heresy.

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