Monday, March 30, 2009

Violence Everywhere

Yesterday a young man attacked his sisters. He stabbed the 17 year old to death and decapitated the five year old. If he had not been shot dead by police who arrived in the nick of time, he would have finished killing the nine year old.

Why?

Yesterday another man entered a nursing home and shot seven or eight people to death - stopping only when disabled by a police officer.

Why?

Everyday there is another story of someone shooting or stabbing or clubbing or hanging or burning or beating innocent strangers, coworkers, lovers and family members. Where does this come from? Where is this leading?

We are reaping what has been sown. Atheistic humanism has been planted and it is producing the unrestrained wickedness the Bible predicts.
(Romans 1:28-32) ¶ And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,
30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;
32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
AND
(2Timothy 3:1-4) But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

Without God there is no reason to restrain yourself.
Without God there is no purpose greater than your own passion.
Without God there is no ultimate accountability.
Without God there is no objective moral standard.
Without God there is no meaning - only being.
Without God there is no hope for today or tomorrow - much less for eternity.

Why all the violence?
Without God, the question should be, "Why not?"

Our society is reaping what has been sown. Secular humanism offers no purpose greater than yourself. There is no special value in human life. Our entertainment pleasure is our goal. Our ability to delay gratification is measured in nanoseconds. Tantrums are the norm for preschoolers and adults alike. Anarchy is growing.

I am sure that there will soon be a wave of "big brother" laws to protect us from each other. I expect that they will make law abiding people less able to protect themselves from attacks.

Our only hope is Jesus. Jesus has always been our only hope. We cannot save ourselves. Government cannot save us. Science and technology cannot save us. Philosophy cannot save us.

Only Jesus.
(Matthew 11:28-30) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

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