We all want to know what motivated Stephen Paddock to brutally murder 59 people and gravely injure more than 527 at a Country Music Festival near the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegans, Nevada. How could any human being conceive of such brutality?
Growing up with a father who was a criminal, absent from the home was a difficulty. Feeling anger over the way that people treated him. Being rejected, mocked, or abused in his early years. All of these are common reasons that experts look for in diagnosing later behavior problems of individuals. Whatever it was that accumulated in the mind of Stephen Paddock that will be found later as causes of his horrific acts, these are not the true reasons that men become killers. There is a deeper, spiritual dimension to all human beings that is the ultimate cause of all emotional difficulties. Science often looks to physical defects as the reason that people become mass murderers. They fail to realize that human beings are far more than just physical. We have an inner spiritual person that cannot be seen that is also affected by the things that are done to us and the decisions we make throughout our life. Continue reading “The Las Vegas Massacre: What Causes Men To Commit Mass Murder?”→
The Biblical principle of Righteousness defines all human beings as incapable of obtaining it. According to the Lord, if a person will be seen as Righteous, his righteousness must come from the Lord.
Psalms 14:3 They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
When a person places all of his trust in Jesus Christ, he exchanges his unrighteousness for all of Jesus’ Righteousness.
In Isaiah chapter 64, the prophet contrasts the righteousness of God with the righteousness of man.
Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You...
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags…
We should understand that from God’s perspective, all human beings are incapable of consistently doing right. It is not that we don’t want to do right, we are simply incapable of performing our righteousness consistently. No matter how hard we try to be good, sooner or later, we are going to fail. The problem is that while we live in these fallen bodies—being descendants of Adam—we do not have the capacity for any long term righteousness. Continue reading “Good People Don't Go To Heaven”→
Many people blame God for the evil and suffering that is in the world. The truth is–it is men who commit evil acts upon others and the suffering that touches so many lives is caused by people, not God.
Isaiah 59:15-16 is one of those verses from the Old Testament that really gives us tremendous insight into the mind and heart of God. Looking from heaven at the plight of man, God sees what great suffering is taking place on the earth because of sin. From Adam onward, all men are born sinners with a tendency towards evil continually. The world which exists today has become a place of unimaginable evil, suffering, and death. Continue reading “Don't Blame God When Bad Things Happen…”→