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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Evil and Satan exist

I've been greatly bothered since the day of the shooting in Tucson, especially after I saw the photograph of the young man that committed such horrible acts against others.  I saw that face and the first thing I thought, even said out loud, was, "Those eyes are so soulless and full of evil".  I am so fearful of how there are so many who take the law of both our land and our God into their own hands, thinking that they are sincerely doing the right thing.  It's scary that they honestly think that they are entitled to do as they please.  What kind of future do these people have?  Here and after.

    There's an editorial in today's paper here in Augusta "How to explain utter evil".  Of course, since I've been thinking such things about not only Jared Lee Loughner, but all those who are scheming and planning some plot to horribly destroy others.  Let me share just a bit of this editorial with you:

"Evil exists, and a few are possessed by it.  C.S.Lewis said that evil isn't an absolute, it needs good.  It's a parasite that rides on good.
G.K.Chesterson offered an explanation for evil we may not want to hear, because it places blame where we like it least:  'Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.'
We tolerate, even promote, may things we once regarded as evil, wrong, or immoral.  And then we seek 'explanations' for an act that seems beyond comprehension.  Remove societal restraints on some evils and one can expect the demons to be freed to conduct other evil acts.
The fault, as Shakespeare wrote, 'lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.'   Once tolerated, evil grows like the 0paraasite alluded to by Lewis.  It inevitably and predictably leads to other evils, such as the tragedy in Tucson."
(by Cal Thomas - Augusta Chronicle; Augusta, GA)

Today, the devil roams the earth like a lion, looking for lives to destroy.  He despises us because we remind him of God.  We are made in God's image, and every time he looks at us, it reminds him that he lost the battle.  Satan was an angel in heaven, but when he tried to rebel against God, God quickly kicked him out of heaven. (Isaiah 14: 12-15).

The good news is that when we give our lives to Jesus, He gives us power over the enemy - power over darkness, over sin, and over temptation.  God gives us authority over the enemy so that we don't have to live in fear of Satan.  When we give our lives to Jesus, we can live with great confidence in our ability to rebuke the devil and keep him away from ourselves and those around us. (from Extreme for Jesus: a promise book by Ron Luce)

What a different kind of life Jared Lee Loughner would have lived if he had been introduced to the God who would have loved him.  We must introduce our young people to God and teach them that right truly is right and that wrong will cause them a life of misery.  They must suffer the consequences of evil and wrong actions. 

Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purity your hearts, you double-minded.  (James 4: 7-8)


Deb said...

What a great post! That young man is definitely filled with an evil spirit. As difficult as it is for us to pray for those who commit such terrible crimes...he needs our prayers.

5thsister said...

Amen and well said.

What really gripes me is the posturing the political parties are doing trying to blame and deflect blame. People refuse to "get it". This was an act of EVIL..simple, pure, unadulterated EVIL committed by a mentally deranged individual. Nothing more...nothing less.

Quiltingranny said...

Amen to your post Weezer. Having worked in the areas of both mental health and law enforcement, I have seen people like Jared. He may have been introduced to Jesus, the problem is mentally ill people have demons we will never know about, some hear voices they can't control a and neither can medication, others are products of family and it always amazes me during these times how people who don't even know the families of these people become experts on who they were. One family slammed the parents, stated they didn't much care, rarely talked to them and saw the mom a few times with beer. Yet, this person allowed Jared in his home with his children to watch conspiracy theory movies. Evil exists, I have met the devil face to face and I know he is very active, though when we have Jesus on our side, he doesn't much like it! No, I am not crazy, don't hear voices or see things, I know the devil and I saw him face and face and won with Jesus on my side!

Coffeypot said...

I know they exist. I was married to it for 13 years. Now I have the good that is for my wife.