Joe said in another thread "Not unless it (punishment) is undeserved. An authority of good judiciousness wouldn't cause harm to those who didn't deserve it, but to those who did, they would receive it. There is no good in letting a mass murderer free out of pity. it just doesn't work. A judge must be willing to help those that deserve it, and punish those who transgress the limits." Which brings up a question I have long pondered and his words are as good as any to introduce the topic. Now I do not know how it works in Islam but in Christianity there seems to be a loophole to being bad that let's a bad person off the hook. As is usual when it comes to the Abrahamics, what I am discussing is probably not accurate, but here it goes. According to my understanding of the Christian tradition a person can do bad things their entire life. If they seek repentance, truly desire it on their death bed, they can be absolved of their sins and they get to take the UP escalator. Is this accurate? IF it is, it strikes me as a significant loophole in the tradition. One can knowingly misbehave their entire life, knowing as long as they truly repent at the end, it is all wiped clean as if it never happened. There seems little motivation to keep on the true path if this is so. Is this also true of Islam?