As for Ariel, I must confess my flesh wishes he would have endured the same treatment he gave to his victims, however, that is why I am not God. Doctors can assume what they think medically and psychologically, and we the people can debate, but the One who knows beyond a shadow of a doubt, is God. Was his mind so deluded with mental illness that he truly couldn't comprehend what he was doing? Or was he fully aware and filled with pure evil? This is where I find myself wrestling in my spirit. I believe firmly in God's grace and mercy. I also believe God is just. No one but Ariel and God know exactly where Ariel's heart, head, and soul were during the last seconds of his breath. I confess, I don't want to consider that maybe he was truly remorseful and repentant and God in His mercy forgave him of his crimes. In which case God is just and I believe Ariel will still face judgement and have to answer for his crimes.
Maybe he remained defiant and selfish in his last moments, never seeking true forgiveness with God for his actions, and never caring about his crimes, or what he did to the three young woman and their families. In which case, I firmly believe he was placed into hell for eternity. That is a much more substantial sentence than anyone here on earth could ever impose on him. He has alot more to fear now that he is dead than when he was alive.
I believe once you die there are only two options: Heaven or Hell. Whichever place you end up in, that is your final destination. There are no second chances. No escape. Never ending. For infinity you are there- PERIOD!
My hope and prayer is for the three women and the six year old little girl, that God will continue to shower them with love, support, and new beginnings. That somehow, they will be able to process all that they have endured and know that God is real and God is just. Even though we don't understand why some things happen we can trust that ultimately what others desire for evil, God will use for His glory and for good.
You plotted evil against me, but God turned it into good, in order to preserve the lives of many people who are alive today because of what happened. Genesis 50:20 (Good News Translation)
'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (New American Standard)
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There is always HOPE!