Posted by: gregboyko | December 14, 2012

The only explanation is Pure Evil

Every once in a while somebody does something that is so unthinkable, so terrible, and so wrong that it leaves the entire World asking “Why?” Today was such a day.

There have been school shootings before. And clearly they were awful. But today’s mass murder at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut is unlike any other I can remember. While it’s not the deadliest school shooting—that unpleasant distinction belongs to the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech—it is perhaps the most senseless act of violence unleashed at a school in recent history, primarily due to the ages of the victims. This was a school that served Kindergarten through Fourth grades. That’s roughly ages 5-11. Of the 28 people killed in today’s incident, 20 of them were precious, innocent children attending this school. And this fact leaves everyone asking “Why?”

This is not a situation where the shooter had been bullied by his victims. The shooter was 20 years old. This can’t be a case of “revenge”, for how could innocent children have wronged the shooter? What, then? What can possibly explain the actions of Adam Lanza this morning?

How about mental illness? Clearly, anyone who could commit such a crime is not “right in the head.” So, yes, mental illness likely played a part. But it goes beyond this. Lots of people suffer from various mental illnesses, but it takes a special type of person to do what was done today.

Psychologists, criminologists, and in fact people of every profession and walk of life will try to understand and explain the motives and thinking that led to this shooting. But everyone will be left unsatisfied. This is because the only explanation for Adam Lanza’s actions is this: Pure Evil controlled his mind today.

I am a Christian. I believe in God and Satan. Good and Evil. And while that doesn’t lessen the hurt and the pain when something like this happens, it does at least provide an explanation. The only explanation that is satisfying for me. This world-view provides the only framework that makes sense to my logical, analytical mind.

Non-believers may try to explain the shooting as the actions of a sick man. Perhaps some gene contained a mutation that predisposed him to violence. Perhaps his childhood was traumatic due to abuse of some kind. Perhaps he was under the influence of drugs. Any or all of these might be true, but it doesn’t really matter. These issues plague many people on a daily basis. Yet it is only when someone submits his or her will to the Evil One (perhaps even unknowingly) that events like today’s take place.

This is sad and painful. But because I am a believer, and because I know that Good and Evil are engaged in a great conflict of epic proportions, I also know that the ultimate outcome of this conflict will be victory over Evil. Oh, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. The Bible is very clear on that fact. But the Bible is also clear that Jesus will soon return to this earth victorious. That when He does, the Dead in Christ (including those innocent children slain today who are now resting peacefully and awaiting His return) will rise and be reunited with their loved ones and their Savior. That we who believe in His saving grace will return to Heaven with Him, and that 1000 years later we will come back to a new Earth where He will utterly destroy Satan once and for all.

This is what I believe. This is what I know. Where there is Evil, there is Good. Where Sin abounds, Grace abounds more. This is they only explanation that makes sense.

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