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