by Richard Mansel, managing editor
When James Holmes opened fire in a theater in Aurora, Colorado, wounding or killing seventy people, the nation went into a flurry of self-analysis.
Experts were called in to assess blame and Holmes’ life was ripped apart by the media to ascertain a motive for the worst mass-shooting in American history.
Books, articles, monographs, documentaries and studies will provide a countless supply of opinions. Nevertheless, society will not have any substantive answers about Holmes’ crime because they will be asking the wrong questions.
Students of Scripture will have a better grasp on the situation because we understand:
- The nature and price of personal responsibility (Ezekiel 18:19-23).
- The nature and power of sin (Romans 3:10-18,23).
- The nature and perspectives on our spiritual lives (Ephesians 6:12).
Bible students know that all evil in our world is the result of Satan (1 Peter 5:8; John 8:44; Revelation 12:9). Crime springs from sin and must be dealt with spiritually (Romans 6:23).
When crimes occur, society offers solutions that range from the banning of guns to hiring more police officers. Yet, these solutions are physical answers to spiritual problems.
A gun is an inanimate object and does not have moral will and it cannot act on its own. If guns did not exist, criminals would still commit mass-murder because of the nature of sin.
The morality behind crime is the issue that society does not attempt to answer. Motivations fall within the realm of the spiritual. Yet, experts will only look at the physical as they study how we can prevent such crimes from occurring.
Tragedies such as September 11 and the shootings in Aurora cannot be prevented by fleshly means. As long as humanity exists, sin will occur and the consequences will damage and destroy lives.
- Their only recourse is to always be prepared for death (Luke 13:1-5; Hebrews 9:27).
- In Christ is the only place to be saved (Acts 2:38,47; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27).
- In Christ, we cannot be lost (Romans 8:1).
In a savage, depraved world (Ephesians 1:3), the only place for our hope is in the Father, who transcends the fleshly world (Psalm 139:7-12). The spread of the gospel is the only solid answer mankind has to the nature of evil. Christ is the solution, not more governmental control.