The topic came up over the weekend, and oddly enough when I went to confession for the first time in years. Last Saturday, I went to visit a friend at the college he attends, with the intent to go out with a few of his roommates, hit up the local bar scene, and hopefully meet a good looking girl or two. Before we went out, my friend asked if I'd be willing to join him for mass before the night's festivities, and I figured I'd go, it'd been a while since I'd been to church. After mass, I found out they were having confession, and after a quick talk with my friend, we both agreed to go. My friend went in first, and after ten minutes, he met me outside and told me the booth was open. I took in a deep breath and went in, a bit nervous about confessing my wrongdoings to a stranger. There were two chairs, the priest was sitting in one of them. He was in his early thirties, a lot younger than I expected, and he asked me to sit down. For a confession, it was standard; he asked me how long it had been since I had last confessed, and asked me to tell him what had been weighing upon my soul. After I divulged to him my mortal flaws, he blessed me and gave me council. He then asked me how my life was, what I wanted to do with myself, so on and so forth. I told him that I aimed to be a writer, generally for science fiction and fantasy, along with politics. When he asked me to be more specific, I delved into the series that interested me, one of them being Warhammer 40,000. He was surprised, and he told me that he had been interested in Warhammer when he was in college, but had lost interest due to the price of models, and a lack of funds on his part. He asked me what direction the series was going in, what was new, and we spent the better part of an hour talking about it. We eventually came to the Horus Heresy, the new revelations the novels had espoused, including the Emperor's take on religion, which inevitably brought us to the topic of the traitor legions. I explained how they had become multi-faceted, how their motives weren't due simply to base desires, and we eventually came to the topic of redemption. The priest asked me "Did these men ever know of Christ or his sacrifice? Of his works or his message?" I replied "No, I don't believe so. That knowledge was denied to them." He answered "Then they can know redemption." I asked "Even after ten thousand years of slaughter? Even after countless worlds burned in their fury, after so many died?" He replied "Even then, no one is beyond redemption. As long as there is regret, or the possibility of it existing in their hearts, they may know salvation. I know that hate erodes the soul, that it along with sin may ruin a man, but even then, he is not beyond forgiveness." I was surprised at his response, for it had been a question I'd been wrestling with on a spiritual level for quite a while, and I couldn't find an answer to it. The words of the priest assuaged me quite a bit, though I'm still trying to wrap my head around the topic. So, I'd like to propose the same question I asked the priest; Are the Chaos Space Marines beyond redemption? If Horus, Angron, Fulgrim, Abaddon, Kharn, any of them sought forgiveness, would you grant it to them, for any reason, whether it be personal, spiritual, religious or otherwise? This is not a religious thread. The reason I brought this up is due to my experience; I am not forcing my views upon anyone, nor am I saying my perspective is correct. If you bring your own view on religion, you're missing the point, and shouldn't add your opinion, for it'll most likely get the thread locked. This is about forgiveness, redemption, which is beyond religion, and it should be handled in a mature fashion. To those of you who read this, thank you for your time.