I like how the last two posts in this thread, taken back to back, kind of illustrate the end points or poles of discussion here. "We must never judge another person, as we cannot see into their soul, and don't know what their interior spiritual life is like." "Yeah, who really cares what you think?"
They sound like the same method of dismissing people frankly.
Who cares what someone's interior "spiritual life" is other than other people who can never stop talking about their own? Using some imagined notion of a rarefied subjectivity on which to understand someone would be alien to early Christians.
And I don't know and actually don't care what subjective and spiritual state someone has including Punch. What I am interested in is what they do. And in this case, taken seriously, thinking is not what the Father above thinks it is. Punch is one of the few around here who does think and I am quite interested in it. Thought is as much an act and more so than any other and requires no interiority for it to occur.
More so than the namby pamby care for the "heart and soul" of a man, I'll regard his thoughts and other actions, which is to say to have not taken the ontological insight about the religious life which finds it most exquisite elaboration in Kierkegaard and have traded it in for an ethical stance.
In short, if Abraham were going to kill his son, I would kill him first. All his interior spiritual truth aside.
Hitler loved his dog. Who knows the measure of a man's heart in the quietude of his repair?