The real problems with mass murderers

Serial killers, mass shooters, knife attackers, bombers, and suicide killers have several things in common.

  • I have read that all use drugs.
  • Most are from homes without a father.
  • They are subjected to some kind of hate information—online, influencers, or in their communities. They are encouraged to carry out attacks, whether actively or generally, through vicious ideologies.
  • Many of the young people committing these crimes train beforehand on video games or in actual physical training grounds.
  • They plan their attacks in detail.
  • Almost all leave behind some kind of evidence that exhibits hatred for their targets. They show an obsession against a group of people.

I don’t want to get into a debate about guns or knives or the means of carrying out these attacks. We don’t seriously believe machetes or kitchen knives are to blame any more than we do the innert materials that go into explosives. So, we’ll leave aside a discussion of weapons in this post.

The sad patterns listed above combine to give us a portrait of a mass murderer. He takes drugs, listens to hate language, and trains himself to kill people.

The root problem, though, is his heart.

I don’t think for one minute that if we erradicated illegal drug use, made sure everyone had a father figure in his life, shut down the dark web, and cleaned up video games—all of these virtually impossible—that we would never have another mass killing in the world. It would be helpful if some of these things were done, but it would not change the fact that there will always be evil people intent on doing harm to others.

Why is there evil?

We only have to read Romans 5. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (verse 12).

That one man was the first man on earth, Adam. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression (14a).

I’m so thankful it doesn’t end there. Read these verses of hope: But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord (15, 19-21).

If we could reach young men and women with the gospel—the good news of forgiveness and eternal life available through Jesus Christ—hearts would be changed. Changed hearts result in changed actions. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23).

I don’t believe that all who hear the gospel will accept the Lord. My opinion is that that we go about trying to fix society’s worst problems in the dumbest ways. Blaming items on the list won’t help.

Only Jesus can change people’s hearts. That is everyone’s biggest need.

Inclusive

I recently saw a cartoon. It’s a sign in the desert: “Warning. This is an inclusive society and if we think you are talking, thinking, or behaving in a non-inclusive way, you will be excluded.” Ha ha!

It’s not far from the truth. It seems that you have the right to agree with popular opinion, but can’t say anything against the accepted views of the moment. If you dare to express different views, you’ll be ridiculed, even vilified. “Think like we think, and you’ll be fine.” And, all the time, they use words like tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity.

In truth, tolerance and inclusivity are only for likeminded people, and diversity is code language for setting cuotas for including women and minorities. If you differ (in religion, politics, or persuasion), or if your skin isn’t the right shade, or if you’re a man … poor you. You’re not tolerated, included, and your diversity wasn’t the right kind. Basically, you allowed to blend in—unless you qualify to be diverse. Figure it.

Wise Solomon said, There is no new thing under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). People have been excluding others who don’t see things the same way they do for centuries.

Jesus said:

  • Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake (Matthew 5:11).
  • Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also (John 15:20).
  • If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you (John 15:18).

When Christians have different views (biblical ones) from the mainstream thoughtstyle of the moment, they shouldn’t be surprised that they’re not popular. Jesus wasn’t either. The public even made up lies about Him.

It’s strange. While the world admires great individuals who overcome and set out and rise to the top, they frown on anyone with a different worldview. Why is it so bad to be maverick? Why can’t a person have biblical values? Why are born-again people reviled? What happened to tolerance and inclusion? Secular, anti-Christian rhetoric prevails.

Thankfully, Jesus didn’t only tell us to expect some bumps along the way, He told us how to handle people who become our enemies. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you (Matthew 5:44).

That’s different, for sure. Instead of being angry and seeking revenge, we realize that our enemies are actually sinners for whom Christ died. They would be different if they embraced Him as Savior and repented of their sins. They’d be Christians, too.

Now, that’s inclusive!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Don’t even breathe!

The ecology people are getting stronger. Nowadays, you don’t only need to recycle. You have to avoid using single-use plastics all together. They outlawed plastic straws in some places, but that’s just the beginning. In Europe, plastic bags are almost as precious as silver. You have to take your own reusable bags to the supermarket, and if you forget, you must buy a bag—and reuse it. Less and less products are wrapped in plastic, and more supermarkets are using paper baskets and bags.

The other day I read, “They used to tell us to save the trees; use plastic instead. Today, they tell us not to use plastic; use paper instead.” It’s a crazy world.

“Recycle everything.”

“Don’t produce trash”—whatever that means.

I jokingly tell my husband he’s allowed to recycle everything but me.

The United Kingdom is promising to be completely carbon neutral by 2050. The morning news said England can’t put a proposed airport runway anywhere but beside existing runways and still meet that target—nor will they ever be able to build a new runway anywhere else in the country.

My husband guesses that in the future we’ll all ride bicycles—and they’ll fine us for exhaling.

You can ask anyone who knows me well: I love trees. I am totally for recycling, changing habits, and not being wasteful. I even compost my kitchen scraps.

But, I think we’re trying to save humanity backwards.

The real need isn’t carbon neutrality, non-plastic everything, sorting our trash, and nixing airplanes. It’s not going back to horses and buggies and subsistence farming.

We need another kind of salvation: for our souls.

You can save the planet, which will all be burnt up anyhow, and forget about the most important thing in the world, your own soul. Jesus asked, For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36)

God knows how long the earth needs to sustain human life. He already has a plan in place, and it includes taking care of humans. It also includes the complete destruction of this earth. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).

It doesn’t end there. There will be a new heaven and new earth. The Apostle John had a vision of what would happen. He wrote, And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea (Revelation 21:1).

God gave the responsibility for caring for the earth to the first people, and He gave us the same responsibility. We’re to be good stewards of everything God gives us. We should remember, though, that the earth was made for humans and not humans for the earth.

The fact remains: the most important thing in life is our heart.

Even if the green movement ends up making us ride bikes and fines us for breathing, we need to tend to our hearts first and foremost.

The Ten Commandments begin: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

A lawyer asked Jesus, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment (Matthew 22:36-38).

God first.

Is Jesus your Savior? Have you been born again? A man named Nicodemus went to Jesus at night to ask Him questions. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Then, He explained, as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:3, 14-17).

We all have a way to go before we can honestly say we love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind. That’s a goal worth working toward.

You can breathe easy and not worry. I guarantee you the earth will be here until God’s done with it.

Your soul is much more important. Let’s love the Lord. He gets top priority.

Oh Lord, how long?

Every time a state signs a bill to kill more babies—many at birth or even after—I mourn. Then, I get angry. How could anyone think it’s just fine to kill an innocent, precious human child?

My mind goes to the other end of the scale, too, where five countries have approved doctor-decisioned euthanasia for old, “worthless” lives. I mourn, aware that each old person wilfully killed off is someone’s brother, sister, mother, father, aunt, or uncle. Who says they don’t have a right to be alive? I don’t understand that doctors should be able to kill. Period. Assisted suicide is legal in three countries and nine U. S. states. This means doctors can help people kill themselves–and disobey the Hippocratic oath they took.

The more we learn about babies, the more we understand that killing the baby would virtually never help the mother. The old arguments for abortion don’t even exist today.

I saw a quote the other day that a pregnant woman should not be called a mother. I don’t get why anyone could make such a statement. Doesn’t the very definition of pregnancy talk about mother and baby? Or have they changed that, too?

The more my own country makes laws that kill people, the more I ask, “Oh Lord, how long?”

It’s not a new question, and the answer is beautiful.

Many years ago, the prophet Jeremiah was bemoaning his sufferings—which were many—and then he contemplated truth. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness (Lamentations 3:21-23).

How long will the Lord put up with it all? With killing babies and old people? With wars, genocides, and mass killings?

We don’t know.

But, we do know that every day that we have on earth, it’s because of His great mercy. It’s another sign that God is faithful and His compassion never fails.

The next time I want to throw up my hands and ask “How long,” I will remind myself the God is merciful. Therefore, he’s given us another morning.

And, I will praise Him.

Trans Formed

Today, people are transforming themselves from what they are to what they think they should be. It’s happened all through history, though now, transitioning is more accepted in mainstream societies.

As children, we used to do this through make-believe play. I’ve been a princess, a pirate, a gypsy, and more—with the help of a few costume pieces and lots of imagination.

The transitions happening today aren’t child’s play. They include, but aren’t limited to, gender dysforia. A person thinks he should be in a different body, so the medical community helps him transform his body. They use drugs, surgery, and hair removal to achieve this. It changes the person’s outside, but it will never change his DNA.

It’s a lot like me “being” a pirate when I was a child. I could act the part, look (more or less) like a mini-pirate, but the truth was I was still a small girl dressing up.

Some time ago, I watched a video of a young woman who’s convinced she’s a cat. She talks in purrs, dresses in a costume complete with tail and ears, and she scratches and meows. I’m not sure if she’s seriously delusional or if she has a deep need for attention, but she’s obviously a person in a cat costume, acting out cat behavior. She isn’t and never will be a real cat. She won’t land on her feet if dropped from a high place. Sad, indeed.

Did you know the Bible says that people should be transformed?

  • But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12).
  • But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life (Romans 6:22).
  • And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).
  • But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).

There’s a lot of confusion in this world. Did you know that Satan and demons can morph themselves into looking good? And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

Leaders can make wrong acts seem right.

This is what God says about them. Read carefully; it’s strong talk about topics that affect us today. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Romans 1:22-32).

Wow! Let’s take this passage apart, so that we’re understanding what God wants us to know.

  • People who say they know it all are actually displaying their foolishness.
  • The people described in this passage represented God as an image that wasn’t God—idolatry.
  • When they worshipped other things, God gave them free reign to exercise their own lusts. These desires include all kinds of deviant sexual activities as well as the list of wicked acts, which includes boasting, disobedience to parents, envy, and breaking promises.
  • The people who sin in these ways, deserve death. (Keep in mind, they have already rejected God.) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).)
  • It’s also a sin for others to derive vicarious pleasure from those who do these things (Hollywood films, TV, reality shows, etc.).

It shouldn’t surprise us that the world is getting worse. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).

Thankfully, there’s hope!

God can transform hearts. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).

God can heal hurts, and He forgets our sins. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you (1 Peter 5:7). For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more (Hebrews 8:12).

God can give us joy. Jesus said, These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full (John 15:11).

Do you need God to transform your life?

Let the Lord take it and make it beautiful. Go to Him. Jesus said, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

If you are a born again Christian, do you have sin problems?

God can transform you, too. This verse was written to Christians: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).