Here in Colorado people are reacting in a variety of ways to the awful reality that supposedly 'good' people are capable of mass murder. The man who is allegedly the perpetrator of the worse mass murder in the history of the State of Colorado seemed to have everything going for him. He was from a 'good' family, with a 'good' education and was subsidized by a 'good' government financially. Yet, it seems that he meticulously planned and executed a horrific crime that escapes description rationally.
Recently my wife I were talking with a young lady who was wondering why bad things happen to 'good' people? By all accounts the people affected by actions of the shooter in the theater were 'good' people. As we listen to the relatives and friends of the victims of the murders we are given descriptions of the victims that are very similar - the people struck down were all 'good' people who were innocent and didn't deserve what they received.
As usual the liberal politicians are blaming the gun lobby for creating a climate where guns are tolerated and even promoted. One liberal after another is calling for more and stricter gun control laws while completely and deliberately ignoring the facts that contradict their blathering. The theatre was a "gun-free zone." No doubt the killer felt safe doing what he did, knowing that, most probably, no one had a gun to stop him. It is not the presence of guns that is the problem; it is the presence of evil in the lives and actions of people.
And as usual very few people really understand why the killer did what he did. The motivation behind this act of violence, as one pundit stated, may never be understood. Even so-called 'conservative commentators' are having trouble understanding why this man did what he did. You may also be struggling with the reason why, unless of course you have a Biblical world view. Evangelist Ray Comfort revealed a truly Biblical perspective on the events of the past few days. In his words which can be found on www.wnd.com, "…in a world without God, mass murder would be normal."
He is absolutely correct. Some of the most awful, wicked, sinful acts of man have been done by seemingly 'good' people. Mankind has a problem. Man's heart is desperately wicked. God used the Prophet Jeremiah to say it this way,
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9
Jesus Christ the Lord of all Creation said in Matthew 15:19, "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:…"
Mr. Comfort goes on to say in his excellent article, "We have turned our backs on God, and given Him lip-service by maintaining a belief in His existence and at the same time embracing that which is abhorrent to Him; things such as homosexual marriage, abortion, adultery, fornication, pornography, lying, theft and blasphemy." said Comfort. "Few have any fear of God, which the Bible says is the 'beginning' of wisdom. A wise man once said, 'Most I fear God. Next I fear him who fears Him not.' When someone doesn't fear God, they give themselves to evil. This was clearly the case in the latest mass murder."
In the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, atheism is defined as having four principal "heads" or definitions. Classical, Philosophic, Dogmatic, and Practical. Mr. Comfort, in his statement listed above describes the "Practical Atheist." This is a person who gives God "lip service", but lives his or her life without any deference or regard to the God of the Bible. Why do they do this? They have a heart problem.
One of the greatest messages that I have ever heard was preached by an old time evangelist named Lester Roloff... It is entitled, 'Dr. Law or Dr. Grace." It may be accessed on our Audio page. It is a classic dissertation on the heart problem of mankind. According to this message by Brother Roloff, man needs a "heart operation." He is exactly right, and only "Dr. Grace", the Lord Jesus Christ, is able to perform that operation.
The heart problem that we have in our country extends to the highest levels of government and throughout every facet of our society. Hollywood, Washington D.C., Colleges, schools of all grades, many churches, and indeed every corner of society, have, in effect kicked God out of their lives. God recorded something similar in the history of the nation of Israel, "But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels." Psalm 81:11-12
So today, America has decided at the highest level, not to "hearken" to the word of God, and when a people or a nation says, "NO" to God, He gives them up and lets them walk in their "own counsels." For many years now the leaders and people of America have told God no prayer, no Bible, and NO! GOD. Psalm 14:1. And, as happened to Israel, so it is happening to America today. We can expect more and more of these awful events to occur as people run from and ignore the presence of God in their lives.
Jeremiah 7:24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
Jeremiah was the Prophet of Israel that foretold Israel's doom if they did not repent. They did not and things went from bad to worse. Eventually God gave them up and let the heathen have their way with them. God tells us that if we do not listen to Him and His word, the same thing will happen to us.
What is the answer? Evangelist Comfort in his article says, "The only answer is the Gospel,– Christians must share their faith in obedience to the Great Commission, because we are only seeing the fruit of sin this side of death. There's another side, and it's on what many call 'the other side.' There's a very real Hell after death for anyone who dies in sin. Yet God is rich in mercy and has provided a Savior. All who repent and trust in Him not only find everlasting life, but they no longer give themselves to evil by lying, stealing, or killing. That's the only answer for America – and every other nation."
Again, I must agree wholeheartedly. The Gospel is the heart changing method by which God regains control of man and his actions. Without God man is controlled by the Satan who is his spiritual father.
Matthew 13:38-39 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
If a person has never been born again, he or she is not in the family of God. Their heart is controlled by the devil, and the works of the devil will be done by them. That is why the young man did what he did. The devil is a murderer, and he desires that his children do what he wants them to do – murder.
The heart of man must be changed by the new birth, and then the heart of man must be controlled by the indwelling Spirit of God. Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ today, before it is too late.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Deuteronomy 18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.A tract available in PDF format.
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