RE: Tragedy in Connecticut

Yes, I too was stunned and horrified by yet another outbreak of senseless violence. It took quite a while for it to actually sink in. You hear it, but it’s just too hard to conceive that anyone could be capable of such evil against another human being, let alone his own mother. These tragic “events” are becoming more and more common.

Your question is one that all of us have asked or will ask at one time or another, and while the understanding of God’s love, justice, mercy and judgments against sin are vast and complex topics, I will at least try to share just a few ideas here in the hope that it will lend even a little clarity to these difficult themes. I will only ask that the reader(s) will extend a little grace, bearing in mind that these themes really require a book to cover adequately, and this blog post runs the risk of offending those who fail to understand that this “covering” of the topic can’t be comprehensive enough to satisfactorily answer every question posed by this and similar tragedies.

But really, if God was to stop the gunman, how would He go about it? I mean, what would that actually look like…should He strike him dead in his tracks? Just a question…

I only want to hold up some of my ideas and some supporting passages of scripture for your consideration and contemplation.

That being said;

 

First, where questions related to the character of God are concerned, the reader must decide whether they do or do not believe that the source and inspiration of the bible is God Himself; that the bible is authoritative – the very word of God. i.e., “No prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, but holy men spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” If you do not, then you have no reason to believe or seriously consider anything that I will share here.

…our adversary Satan hates every living thing and especially all men, women and children who are created in the image of God.”

If you do understand that the bible is God’s prophetic historical record of things past and record of things to come, you realize that all the earth is and has been in a cosmic conflict since the fall of man. Lucifer, who is the devil and Satan (the adversary), who was created perfect in wisdom and beauty led an angelic rebellion against God and His kingdom since iniquity was found in him. The bible doesn’t disclose exactly how sin came to be, only that it exists. And one thing we understand  from the bible; that our adversary Satan hates every living thing and especially all men, women and children who are created in the image of God.

 

So then, violence has been with us from the beginning. Well, since the fall. The first act we see in the scripture after the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden, is Cain killing his brother Abel; because his deeds were righteous. God, knowing Cain’s heart (as He knows the hearts of all people) warned Cain and said, “Sin crouches at the door, but you must master it.” Well, he didn’t master it, but succumbed to it and killed Abel. God did not kill Cain, but said that the blood of Abel cried out to Him from the ground, and pronounced a curse on Cain and his offspring.

I John 5:19 says, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one”.

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

The Fact Is: Some people who are “under the influence of the evil one” choose evil, unthinkable things instead of good, and innocent people have and always will suffer because of the sin of others. How many accounts of genocide or other crimes against humanity can you list?

  • The French and German Holocaust
  • Cambodia
  • Red China
  • Oklahoma
  • 9-11
  • human trafficking resulting in death
  • child molesters
  • incest and rape perpetrated by fathers against their own children
  • Domestic and foreign terrorism

 

The list of atrocities is virtually endless – and depressing.

 

How about the Abortion Industry Holocaust that has been going on for decades now right under our noses, with our current administration pushing for its increase? (Currently, 1.3 million, yes, million unwanted children are being systematically murdered every year in the US alone.)

 

What if He removed his Holy Spirit and all restraints from man and allowed the god of this world (Satan) free rein? How long do you think we’d last?”

 

So, we have looked at some (certainly not all) of those who have suffered because of wicked people, but what about those that God has rescued? How about obvious interventions in your own life? Have you ever faced death and somehow escaped? Psalm 68:20 says that “Our God is the God of salvation, and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.” Can you hear that? He owns every escape from death!

 “but what about those that God has rescued? How about obvious interventions in your own life?”

When I was 19 years old, I hit a tree traveling at 70 mph without a seat-belt. Three of us sustained minor injuries and walked away from a car that looked like a crushed aluminum can. I could share many other times when I could easily have perished at the hand of others with their finger on the trigger literally.

How many people have you heard of or know personally who have had near-death experiences? Ask yourself this question: What if God chose not to be involved at all in the affairs of men? What if He removed his Holy Spirit and all restraints from man and allowed the god of this world (Satan) free rein? How long do you think we’d last? I praise God for His great mercy toward us!

In the midst of suffering and loss, when you don’t understand, do you trust in your own wisdom, or do you turn to Him and trust in the One who made you?”

 

Summary Statement:

 

There are many who hold different opinions about God than I do, but I know Him. He is good, and He has been good to me, my family, and many others I know(as well as millions who know Him that I don’t personally know. He continually reaches out to millions who care nothing about their Creator, even though He died in their place. Figure that one out…

Life and death are far too complex for me to understand, but I do know that God is in control and there has never been a moment that He has not been in control and He is all about fulfilling His purposes in the earth for both time and eternity. He is the One who made me, so I can entrust myself to Him as to a faithful Creator. He died for me, so now I live for Him.

Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones in this recent tragedy in Connecticut (the state where I grew up), and my wife and I have been praying daily that they will turn to the Lord in their grief, and not away from Him (which I believe some are doing).

Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

In the midst of suffering and loss, when you don’t understand, do you trust in your own wisdom, or do you turn to Him and trust in the One who made you?

We all have the same decision to make about our life now, and for eternity to come. How about you?

 

Hope this helps someone, somewhere.

 

Stephen Hare

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