Dark Journey Deep Grace Analysis

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Dark Journey Deep Grace I chose to read Dark Journey Deep Grace by Roy Ratcliff and Lindy Adams because it is a book that stood out to me. This book chronicles the life, crimes and challenges of Jeffrey Dahmer. The name Jeffrey Dahmer carries a certain negative connotation with it to most people. Very few people remember or are even aware of his conversion and the ending to this somewhat bazaar story. The authors begin the book by comparing the story of Paul the apostle (who we know is notorious for his persecution of the Lord’s church during its early years) who they were learning about and discussing in a Bible class to Dahmer. Paul was able to receive forgiveness for the sins he had committed; therefore, if he …show more content…
Someone from Virginia had decided if anyone needed the gospel Dahmer did and she began doing Bible correspondence courses with him. Dahmer completed the Bible correspondence series and wanted to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. The authors stated, “The Bible study offered a glimmer of hope” (Ratcliff and Adams, 6). According to Ratcliff and Adams, “Dahmer’s biggest fear going into the meeting with Roy about his baptism was that he would be told no that he couldn 't be baptized” (7). On May 10, Roy Ratcliff baptized Dahmer in the name of Jesus …show more content…
Was he sincere in his baptism? Did God forgive him for his sins? What does that now mean for him? Should he be released from prison? These are just a few of the concerns and questions that the author of the book discussed hearing after the news broke about Dahmer’s conversion. A professor at a Christian University is even quoted saying, “If Jeffery Dahmer is going to be in heaven, then I don 't want to be there” (41) If that is really, the mentality that he and other Christians have taken then have we not missed the point of God’s grace and forgiveness through baptism. It really hit me and I had never thought about it this way. If God’s grace was not powerful, enough to forgive Dahmer then how is that same grace able to forgive our “small” sins and

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