You have an awesome sense of justice. You realize that sin has to be punished. There’s a penalty that must be payed.
The truth is though we’re ALL in the situation of the rapist. The Bible says that to look at a woman with lust is to defile one’s heart and to have committed adultery spiritually with her. We’re all in deep water.
Rapists will not get into heaven. The only hope is for them to be made new. To become a new creation. The Bible says that that old has passed away, behold the new has come.
You know that King David, one of the biggest characters of the Bible, and one of the best role models for the Christian faith, was at one point, a murderer?
He killed a man. Just to get his wife.
And his prayer was:
Create in me a clean heart, oh God
And renew a right spirit within me.
He knew that he would not make it in the state that he was in. Only by becoming completely new, inside and out, could he have any hope of salvation.
And that’s what God wants each of us to undergo. Total transformation. Complete spiritual makeover. Mental overhaul.
Grace isn’t just forgiveness, it’s also the divine ability to think and to do righteously.