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If I Sin With Good Intention

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If I Sin With Good Intention

If I sin with good intention,
Will God forgive at half the price?
Will I receive half of heaven
Or hell for my warranted vice?

What if I stole to feed my kid?
Am I doomed to hot detention 
If I sin with good intention?
I sure hope not—heaven forbid! 

Would I live in heaven’s ghetto
If I sin with good intention,
Or would my hell be half as hot?
Oh wait, I forgot to mention,

What if I kill in self defense
Or take a half of temptation?
Would He not love me any less
If I sin with good intention?

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  1. Date: 1/21/2011 4:25:00 PM

    Really makes you think? I like this poem. Well done.

  1. Date: 7/6/2010 2:56:00 PM

    awesome quatern,, enjoyed your write...P.D.

  1. Date: 7/2/2010 10:03:00 AM

    Congratulations Mike on your poem being in the spotlight in Joe Flach's contest "One Good Quatern Deserves Another". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/2/2010 9:17:00 AM

    Amazing poem - And a very good question! I think most of us sin with good intention! COngradulations on your fantastic win!~Tirzah~

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 8:57:00 PM

    GREAT question, Mike. I do believe you can kill in self defense. and if I absolutely had to, I would steal food for my starving children. And in the end, I would hope to end up in a place where those "sins" would be understood. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 8:28:00 PM

    Great poem and great question. Congratulations on your 2nd place. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 7:48:00 PM

    Mike, a very creative and fun read. Good tempo, good rhyme and a very interesting, thought provoking message. Thanks for entering this terrific poem in my contest. Joe

  1. Date: 6/23/2010 5:58:00 PM

    He loves you and I no matter what ...The question is to everyone is "Do you love him"? Does it hurt in your Spirit when you do wrong and do you want to immediately repent and set things right? Sin is sin no matter is it is minor or major...God loves us and wants that love and relationship back..Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my work..I am glad that I clicked on this one...Sara

  1. Date: 6/23/2010 11:59:00 AM

    Hi Mike, really enjoyed your quatern, interesting thoughts & great flow. Good luck if this is for the contest. Thanks for your comments on 'This Heart of Mine' ~ Sharon :)

  1. Date: 6/22/2010 5:55:00 AM

    It is a pleasure to be reading your poetry this morning Mike. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with an overload of inspiration. Hoping you will challenge yourself to use all the inspiration which you may receive today. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/21/2010 8:44:00 PM

    This is really good. I recently read a story about a Buddhist Monk who broke his oath of gentle peace to help defend against enemy Chinese soldiers who were indiscriminantly killing thousands of innocent people, including un-armed children. After everything is over, the monk spends decades asking these exact questions only using words like Karma, frozen state and Nirvana instead. Chris.

  1. Date: 6/21/2010 6:03:00 PM

    Nice thoughts on faith and repetence.

  1. Date: 6/21/2010 5:47:00 PM

    excellent , excellent , So good!!!!one of my favorites!!~enjoyed~Rick

  1. Date: 6/21/2010 5:07:00 PM

    I like this. It's very well written!