Boston bomber prayerfully apologizes to victims; judge orders death penalty

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts on March 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston/Handout via Reuters

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts on March 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston/Handout via Reuters

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"I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, for the damage that I've done — irreparable damage."

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  • Greg1

    Somebody once said that if you are going to kill other people, you need to shoot yourself first, and then go on the rampage. But no, I can only hope that he turns to Our Lord before he breathes his last. Yes it will be a long time in Purgatory, and he will pay the price, but it is still better than hell.

  • Fran

    Purgatory, a place not even mentioned in the Bible, would not even be necessary since Romans 6:7 brings out that “A man who is dead has been freed from sin.”

    There is only the common grave where the dead are sleeping in death (Eccl. 9:10).

  • Greg1

    Fran, When we are judged, we are sent to either heaven, or hell (Matt 25:46). However, if a person is considered to be “righteous,” yet that person is in a state of imperfection due to smaller sins, then that person cannot enter into the abode of “perfection” (heaven), until every imperfection is removed, otherwise heaven wouldn’t be heaven: Matt 5:25-26: “Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.”. Nobody gets out of hell, it is eternal and unquenchable (Mark 9:43, Matt 25:46), so this prison is a reference to Purgatory. Peter references it as well, 1Pet. 3:19-20, “Christ himself…was put to death…in the body…, in the spirit he was raised to life, and in the spirit, he went to preach to the spirits in prison…who formerly did not obey…in the days of Noah”

  • Seems odd he’d have waited until today, when it was pretty much too late to be of any significance, before exhibiting even the slightest hint of interest in what was going on, much less remorse for what he did. Might this have mattered during the trial (either its guilt-phase or penalty-phase) rather than during the sentencing hearing? I wonder. I also wonder if he hasn’t been setting up grounds for his own appeal (i.e. he can now “appeal” that he’d had incompetent counsel since his attorneys told him to delay showing interest in the proceedings and/or remorse for his actions).

  • Trent,

    Wrong.

    This world would be a better place if everyone understood
    this life is the only one you are going to get. There is nothing more coming later on ! no Hell and no Heaven.

    If you screw up this life, you’ve lost everything you ever had.

    Those are the stakes!
    And yet religion tells us a bundle of lies:

    Forgiveness is possible (it isn’t)
    redemption is possible (it isn’t)
    God will save the victims (he won’t)

    Life is a fleeting glimpse of existence between two incomprehensible eternities. You didn’t exist before you were born – and you won’t exist after you are dead.

    In death, your memory will vanish and you will go back to an un-ending eternal nothingness from which you were lucky enough to emerge!

    Don’t ever be so foolish as to not value your life as the religious say!
    The Boston Bomber grew up with religion – so he’s completely screwed up the one life he had. Irredeemably.

  • Fran

    Greg1,

    Jesus said the meek would inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5), and this was confirmed by the psalmist at Psalm 37:10,11).

    There are 2 separate destinations after death for humans:

    (1) the heavens, only those who rule with Jesus from God’s kingdom; and

    (2) the earth, where meek mankind and a great number of human survivors of the great tribulation (Rev. 7:9-17) and Armageddon receive that kingly rule on earth. Revelation 21:3,4, specifies the “tabernacle of God is with men” (not spirit persons). There will be no more pain, suffering, death on earth for humans as sin will no longer rule over us. There is no death among those who reside in the heavens. Jesus died only for imperfect mankind (John 3:16) to get eternal life.

    Everyone goes to the grave, but only a small number (144,000, Rev. 7,14, 20) have the heavenly hope.

    Millions of humans have the earthly hope. Many now sleeping in death will be resurrected (John 5:28,29) throughout the millennial rule.

  • I love you,Max,I really do.Your arrogant yet ill-informed contentions inre the after life are amusing to no end; I cannot help but laugh at people who pronounce the nonexistence of a place/condition they themselves have never experienced! Really–who DOES that??

  • pete

    purgatory was an invention of the church to make money from. Where do you think they got all their property? They would charge the persons family money or property to get them out of purgatory. Grow up man.

  • I don’t know if there is an afterlife.
    But I reject the claims the religious make – so certain as they are.

    If there is another life after this one, it exists for everyone – just like gravity does – as a property of reality regardless of how they conduct their lives or what they believe.

    To think I am the arrogant one is to misunderstand the certainties thrown around by the religious claims.

    “You will be condemned to eternal fire” – JESUS

    Stop it, Jesus. It can only be nonsense.

  • Greg1

    Fran: When we die, we our souls will be judged (Heb 9:27). That is known as our particular judgment. At that point, it will be determined whether we ultimately go to heaven or hell. We can see this clearly in the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31). Some attempt to call this a parable, but that is not the case, as our Lord refers to “Lazarus” by name. He doesn’t use names in his parables. So this was a real event. Anyway we die, we are judged, and end up either like the Rich man, or Lazarus. But St. Paul also talks of a purification for those who are not perfect. 1Cor. 3:13-15 shows that our souls will be tested with fire, and if we are not perfect, we will be Saved, but cleansed with fire. That is what we call Purgatory. Then at the end of Time, when our Lord returns (1Thess 4:15-16), everyone will receive glorified bodies (1 Cor 15:42-53) which reflect their lives, then there will be the final Judgment, and its heaven or hell for eternity.(Mat 25:31-46).

  • Greg1

    Pete: Purgatory is very real, and very logical: for if we contemplate upon those dreadful promises which have been made known to us by means of Sacred Scripture: that we will all “stand before the judgment seat” of God (Rom 14:10), being accountable for “every idle word” which we’ve ever spoken (Matt 12:36), but at the same time knowing that “nothing defiled,” can enter into Heaven (Rev. 21;27)–then the logical conclusion would be that there must be a place of purification. The scriptures then go on to describe God as “a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29), leaving us only to imagine that as He draws us to himself, we can’t help but be purified of all our wretchedness, like “gold…in a refiners fire” (Mal. 3:2-3). And what does Hebrews say?: Heb. 12:23, “you [have] come to…the heavenly Jerusalem…the church of the first-born, who are written in the heavens…and to the spirits of just, made perfect.” The “Just, made perfect?” Think about that a little.

  • I often hear the attack that atheism eliminates justice. To wit, if there is no God, then someone can commit murder, never get caught, and ultimately go unpunished.

    OK, so Tsarnaev prayed to Allah for forgiveness. Let’s say he is sincere in his repentance. Christians say that he is still damned for not following the true religion.

    Let’s say that Tsarnaev denied God outright but was still sincerely repentant. Christians say that he is still damned for following not following the true religion.

    Let’s say that Tsarnaev prayed to Jesus for forgiveness and was sincere in his repentance. I assume that most Christians would say that he would be saved.

    Speaking strictly of justice, what is is that makes a difference to which god, if any, Tsarnaev prays?

  • DougSlug

    “Life is a fleeting glimpse of existence between two incomprehensible eternities.”

    Wow. A poetic and powerful notion. Also, accurate. I’m adding this to my list of favorite atheist quotes (it satisfies both criteria of “favorite quotes” and “favorite atheists”!). Thanks, Max.

  • Marsha

    “What will be remembered is that you murdered and maimed innocent people, and that you did it willfully and intentionally. You did it on purpose,” O’Toole said, adding “I sentence you to the penalty of death by execution.”

    I do not condone the death penalty for anyone…just want to know how this differs from abortion.

  • Serafino

    Really, all this theological controversy sounds like the annual meeting of the Scribes and Pharisees. And we all know what Jesus thought of them! Look, the guy admitted his guilt, asked for forgiveness and mercy from God, expressed his sorrow for the deaths, injuries and sufferings he caused fellow human beings. If he is truly sincere and repentant God will certainly forgive him. Has anyone ever heard of the mercy of God? Wasn’t that the message of Jesus? It’s a good thing his eternal destiny is not in the hands of some of you dudes! “Let him who has no sin cast the first stone. “

  • DougSlug,

    Thanks for reading and for your understanding.

    By learning how fragile, finite and extraordinary our lives really are we stand a chance to face our fellow humans with far more empathy.
    We are all exactly equal in our fate. Every single one of us is in the same predicament.