Casey Anthony Part 2. Can She Be Saved and Redeemed? Or Has She Committed the Unforgiveable Sin?
Simply stated, God sees life differently from the way we see life. “My thoughts are higher than your thoughts, and my ways are higher than your ways” (Isa 55:8-9). The gospel allows us to see things from God’s perspective, many things block gospel truth from us as I continually point out.
One issue raised by someone was that, even though Casey was acquitted, everyone thinks she’s guilty, and hers was a double-sin. She not only killed her daughter Caylee, but she got away with it. The same issue was raised about O.J. Simpson, who is also part of this (although the focus is on Casey). Although he was acquitted, polls say most people think he killed his wife and her friend – and then he didn’t pay for it, but got away with it. I would simply say that King David in the Old Testament did the exact same thing with Bathsheba. Do you think he’s in hell?
I think the same way most people do! If you recall serial murderer Ted Bundy, when I heard the report that he had been saved, had received Jesus, and was part of God’s Kingdom before he was executed, I was hopping MAD! How could God allow such a thing? It’s just not right! After all, the man had killed over 30 women! And probably raped them all! Yet it was declared by mature Christian leaders who got to know him that he had indeed been converted, had received redemption, and was a changed man.
Anyone can receive God, and be converted and redeemed, as long as their lungs are still sucking air, and their heart is still pumping blood. The most customary example of this is the thief on the cross next to Jesus. All he did was show the slightest trust in Jesus: “Lord, remember me.” Jesus responded by saying, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Paul says God wants (1) everyone to be saved, and (2) to come into a knowledge of the truth (I Tim 2:4). Sadly, too many saved Christians
NEVER come into a knowledge of gospel truth. Too many of them live what I call a 1 + 1 =2 theology: getting saved in the gospel, but then living life by rote under a system of law, principles, precepts, standards and formulas. Salvation is very important. You can’t get to heaven without it. But so is gospel truth. You can’t live life in God without it.
Only God knows the condition of anyone’s heart. None of us can see the heart – the interior spirit and soul of a person. I think we get in the most trouble trying to understand the grace of God, and its limits or extent. It’s something only God knows, and doesn’t
usually tell us. It’s been said we’re probably going to see a lot of folks in heaven we never thought we’d see – and won’t see others we expected to. The bumper sticker is correct from a fleshly perspective: “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.”
One question I was asked: “Is Casey Anthony saved and going to heaven?” I don’t have a clue. Judging from what I’ve seen and heard, I have to say NO. Usually, a divine dispensation on the inside can be seen on the outside – but this isn’t ALWAYS true, and it isn’t always true ALL of the time. None of us live a great spiritual life all the time. Judging from her observable life, I’d have to say she is NOT. But I do not know her heart. Only God does.
ALL of us are going to die with sin in us.
I am convinced that, at any time of the day or night – 24/7 – if God were to cut me open spiritually, he would find enough sin in me to send me directly to hell. And this doesn’t mean I’m out raping, pillaging and stealing – taking drugs, getting drunk and visiting prostitutes.
But any SIN that is in me is absorbed by the JESUS who is in me. “It is no longer just I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” (This is the KJV translation. Sadly, many modern translations alter this text, as they do quite a few others. Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes.”)
ALL of us are going to die with things about us that just aren’t ‘Christian,’ whatever this means. This is why we need Jesus. Even though we have sin, and sometimes do sin, we are not legally LIABLE for our sin because of Jesus. He became sin FOR us. Understanding how Jesus could be made sin – without doing anything wrong – is hard for us to get our minds around. All you really need to understand is that God DIED for you. Relying on HIS shed blood for you is conversion.
Paul says it makes you a part of both his death and resurrection. It makes you ONE with God himself – a joint, equal heir with Christ. “As Jesus is, so are we in this world.”
I am not saying that Casey Anthony is a redeemed, and in God. I don’t know that. I would suspect not. But I will answer the next question the
same way I did in the last article. “CAN she be?” Absolutely!