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The Depravity Standard Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

The Depravity Standard

Giving our intentions to God's service is an important part of discipleship.

At a Glance

A "depravity standard" is being developed to help prosecutors judge the seriousness of a crime and argue for a punishment that's appropriate. One of the factors in rating the depraved nature of a crime is the intention of the perpetrator. Jesus had something to say about this.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Am I Ugly?," September 2, 2012, at

On a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being the least depraved and 100 being the most extremely depraved, what number would you assign the following types of crimes:

- The perpetrator kills innocent people to spread terror to others;

- A person is targeted because that person is helpless;

- The perpetrator disregards known bad consequences to the victim;

- The victim is targeted because of the victim's race or ethnicity;

- The person's trust is painfully exploited for the pleasure of the wrongdoer;

- The intent is to cause the physical disfigurement of the victim?

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