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By Joyce - 9 Sep 2012
In Reference to: 9 September 2012 - Working for Peace for All Creation
I don't think we should excuse anybody. But, people who are psychopaths, sociopaths, pedophiles, etc. are very damaged people whose brains have been formed wrong, whether by nature or nurture. They simply are not normal, and never will be unless God does a healing miracle.
Our whole culture is unhealthy in so many ways. In college we talked about the "normal" in our society being truly unhealthy, dysfunctional, and destructive. There is more to it than certain folks, living in a basically healthy environment, but nevertheless making a free decision to be greedy and insensitive.
Take for example very character disordered people, in whom no conscience brain development can be found. None was formed during their developmental years, and none will be formed (except God's helping). I am not trying to make excuses, but I am mentioning some real causes of horrible behaviors. That does not mean we can let these people continue to damage others, animal or otherwise.