The Oregon Shooting – A ‘Tragedy’ or Pure Evil?

Chris_Harper-Mercer_gunImmediately after Chris Harper Mercer shot, killed and wounded almost two dozen people in the Umpqua Community College near Roseburg Oregon, the investigators, media and the usual plethora of ‘experts’ rushed to the scene to do what they do best – run the word ‘tragedy’ into the ground while wringing their hands in disbelief and confusion.

Second to the word ‘tragedy’ is the next great quest to ascertain the reasons – why?

Only those who know the scripture (The Bible) will get this answer right, but they will be the last ones to be asked, and as usual, their answers will be totally disregarded.

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A unique aspect of this shooting is that 26 year old Mercer asked his victims if they were Christians. If they said yes, he shot them in the head. If they said no or remained silent he shot them in the legs. It is here that we come closer to the “why” of these shootings, but we will address the significance of this fact to summarize – a summary you may not like.

What is the source, or inspiration, for the answers of the ‘experts’?

The Police: looking for a motive in any crime is a standard procedure for the police and it is necessary to bring about proper charges and to some degree to make some sense out of the senseless. In the case of mass shootings motives are not always so clear.

The Media: Its news, this alone is cause enough for the media to be all over the event. We don’t expect media to give us reasons for the shooting, but microphones and video clips are the byproduct of any news story and this will enrich sponsors of the news industry at the least and fill our heads with wonder and curiosity until the next big story. All the experts, the police, the analysts will be prodded, cajoled and called upon until we know every detail about something that we still cannot explain. The word ‘tragedy’ will be used until it is frayed just as much as our incredulity.

The Psychiatrists: Modern man has put his trust in the purveyors of the minds of men for over a generation now starting with the father of psychiatry Dr. Sigmund Freud. Resorting to Freud would force us to conclude that it was all hard wired to Mercer’s libido.

Next, the shrinks will peruse Mercer’s childhood looking for the usual child abuse or the nasty influences of a drunken dad or a drug using mom. This is the favorite rite of passage for all murderers and malcontents who unleash their worst on complete strangers according to modern psychological thought.

They will bewail the fact that science has not advanced enough to do pre-screening of our DNA. If only, we could have known in advance that Mercer was a mass killer, treatment, incarceration or just elimination might have worked to avoid the ‘tragedy.’

In the absence of knowing ahead of time perhaps the psychologists could borrow from the gay agenda’s “we are born this way” and let the poor chap off the hook. Shouldn’t all ‘born this way’ characters be accepted in today’s new and diverse society?

Barack Obama: Nothing new here. Only hours after the Oregon shootings the President was seen calling for “universal background checks’ for all gun buyers. If ‘universal’ is part of the UN gun control idea, then we can all sleep better tonight. This is the organization that sees the bogey man of all mankind as – climate change.

Nations are raging against each other as they always have and as yet the UN has not stopped or deferred a single conflict since the Korean War – and that left a nation divided and still on the brink of another war.

Mr. Obama’s naiveté is exposed by two simple facts. First, Mercer’s guns were all bought legally. Secondly, if the tools of murder must be banned, then we will have to learn to live in our future without – knives, belts, ropes, scarfs, axes, and another thousand common utensils and devices that can kill.

As with all politicians a political agenda is written all over Obama’s assessment of this serious matter.

In Obama’s case we must remember that in the minds of top level liberals singling out the Second Amendment to the constitution as the cause of the murder found in our hearts is a very real answer.

Donald Trump: Top presidential candidate Donald Trump told The Washington Post shortly after the shootings, “It sounds like another mental health problem. So many of these people, they’re coming out of the woodwork. We have to really get to the bottom of it.”

This writer doubts that a man who spent his entire life stuffing money into a bank account and nothing else, has even a clue, much less the ability to get to the bottom of this kind evil.

Perhaps if elected he could fund the work of psychiatrists and urge them to get on with DNA pre-screening so he could deport all the would-be mass murderers.

Trump says it’s a “mental health problem” and is an emerging “familiar pattern.”

He has quoted no scripture passage from the book he says is his favorite – the Bible. So for, comfort, we will have to believe that mental health problems will be foremost on his to-do list if he wins the Republican nomination and the general election in 2016.

Should we feel better knowing this, after a decade’s long dependence on psychiatry we have solved nothing about the dark labyrinth known as the mind of man. Murderers and others, who shake society to the core, are resplendently ever rising and scratching the Godless conscience of our nation – billionaires without answers notwithstanding.

Nice try Mr. Trump – but it is obvious that we will have to look elsewhere for the answer.

The Pope: We know since his address to the congress that the Pope would not want us to hold Mr. Mercer up to the death penalty, but after showing mercy to Mercer, who is the Pope most concerned about in the Oregon shootings?

Francis ushered in Spanish missionary Junipero Serra, the newest saint and the only one to be canonized in America at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during his recent visit to the U.S.

We could say that this canonization creates an amazing complexity in view of what the Bible says about saints. It is not simply a contradiction, but a complete lie based on the replacement of biblical doctrine with ex-cathedra and papal authority that has been steadily veering away from the Bible for 1700 years and counting.

In the Old Testament, the word saint and saints are used 36 times, in the New Testament the words appear 62 times.

What is beyond incredible is that both of these books were written and used long before any notion of a Pope existed and the New Testament was trusted some 300 years before Constantine decided to make Catholicism the state religion and Popes began to be elected.

Saints were and still are those who profess faith in the living God and in these days his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. They were not required to do miracles or great and notable deeds; they were simply believers. None of them were canonized and if there were a need to canonize them, the Vatican would be involved in that work night and day until the end of time because the bible says they number in the millions.

Catholic doctrine, which is in hundreds of ways contrary to the scriptural message, cannot account for this misuse of ecclesiastical power and aberration of clear scriptural teaching, but that’s not the worst of it.

If only a profession of faith in Christ is what makes a saint according to the Bible, then each person that said yes when Mercer asked them if they were a Christian is a saint. That being so – consider this:

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (Ps 116: 15)

What was the impetus or the inspiration for Mercer to become a mass murderer?

ISIS: With a generation long effort to remove all consciousness of God from our youth, there is little reason to wonder why our little darlings actually try to sign on to fight with ISIS. They don’t see many Americans willing to die for their faith (until lately) but they can recognize the intensity of those who are willing to kill for theirs.

Perhaps we could blame ISIS for showing us how they systematically slaughter Christians, which would make the U.S. media equally complicit for showing us the carnage.

Might Mercer have been inspired by the radical, Godless and love-less images of ISIS killing Christians? That possibility cannot be ruled out.

Satan:  In the bible, Satan is called the destroyer, the deceiver and the hater of both God and his people. One lesser known, but perfectly appropriate appellation, that is often overlooked, is the “murderer.” (Jn 8: 44)

He has murdered millions of believers over the centuries, and as the last day’s approach, Scripture says he has many more on his hit list.

Here we must introduce the aspect of demon possession. It is far more common than we think. According to Scripture, millions will be subject to the sway of Satan’s murderous minions before the re-entrance of Christ into the history of our world.

While it highly unlikely that anyone in authority in Oregon, the media or anyone else will entertain this idea very long, the truth is, that it is the most likely of all explanations for the Oregon massacre.

It may be that because we are assured that what we don’t see can’t hurt us that we are oblivious to the Scripturally-clear teaching, that it is what we don’t see, that will utterly destroy us.

Satan cares little if we don’t believe in God, but he cannot risk having us believe that he is as the “god of this world” (2Cor 4: 4) leading us all by fine increments down the pathway to our own destruction. It is the fine-tuning of the last day’s generation done in slight changes in perception laid upon a secular society bent on leaving, or pushing God out of everything.

The true church is warned to watch for the “doctrines of devils” (1Tim 4: 1) but the rest of society has already dismissed the talk of devils as so much superstition and religious hyperbole.

They are the ones he will waltz along with – until they reach the gates of hell – where the music stops and the dance ends.

Devils and seducing spirits in Mercer? You can bet on it!


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  • Rev Michael

    Sad day for America.

  • Thisoldspouse

    I don’t believe in “mental illness” as the worldly system defines it. In that context, it doesn’t exist. Such a worldview is purely materialistic, and every propensity and action in humans is deemed to be preprogrammed in a person’s chemistry, absolving him of all moral action and culpability.

    Sure, there exists brain disease and trauma. But the brain is NOT the mind, the “mental.” That is inviolable, and every man stands guilty before the Judge to answer for every thought and deed, or God is a liar.

    • franklinb23

      Do people have the ability to choose their very nature? If a person secretly desires to do evil but refrains simply out of fear of the consequences, is he “good”? I don’t think so.

      Yet, where does this desire come from? It’s not an act of will. One doesn’t choose to want what they want. Where does it come from?

      There is a Christian philosophy that asserts that these evil desires are not the result of man’s choice but of divine fiat, decreed for purposes not known to us. Terrifying and inhuman it seems, this theology, but one must admit it’s rational and coherent. After all, personal experience tells us that we behave according to our personalities but that our personalities and desires aren’t determined by our own will.

      • http://www.americanclarion.com/ Bob Ellis

        Desire and acting on desire are two different things. Every human being is tempted to commit certain immoral acts; the desire differs between various immoral acts from person to person. None of us can help being tempted to commit immoral acts, but ALL of us can help whether we CHOOSE to give in to those temptations or not.

        I know of no Christian philosophy that asserts that God created evil, or that human beings have no choice but to commit evil acts. Evil desires exist because our ancestral mother and father Eve and Adam chose to rebel against God, and in doing so, they fundamentally changed their own nature. Because everything reproduces after its own kind, human beings have passed down that “sin nature” so that each of us feels that temptation to do wrong.

        But the likelihood of giving in to those desires can be diminished with good moral discipline and training from childhood on, and with a culture where the rule of law is upheld and justice served.

        Of course, the best way to have victory over desires to commit evil acts is to surrender one’s will to Jesus Christ and be “born again” with a new spiritual nature. A born-again human being still lives in a body that has a desire to sin, but their newborn spirit possesses a capability to resist that desire that far exceeds even the best willpower of an unregenerate person.

        • franklinb23

          That’s just it. How is one regenerated? This can’t be an act of choice because one who finds pleasure in evil isn’t going to seek to be delivered from it.

          If being born again is an act of God’s mercy, then His denial of it is His assertion of His divine authority to judge and condemn. In neither instance does man have a choice.

          Again, we come back to the reality that our natures are not the result of our own will.

          Yikes. I’ve been such a vehement opponent of Calvinism that it would be somewhat ironic for me to be intellectually forced to accept it!

          • http://www.americanclarion.com/ Bob Ellis

            Revelation 22:17 says “whosoever will” can have the water of life. This clearly indicates an act of will in accepting the water of life.

            Romans 10:13 says “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” It takes an act of will to call on the name of the Lord.

            How does one come to the point of being ready to exercise their will to accept the regeneration of Christ?

            Romans 10:14-17:

            How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[c] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

            What a person has to come to understand in order to become regenerated is basically that (a) they fail to live up to their Creator’s standard, and have no hope of pleasing him even with their best behavior, (b) Jesus Christ is the only human being to ever live his whole life and do that, consequently not meriting the death that the wages of sin brings, (c) by admitting these things and placing one’s faith in God’s promise to accept Christ’s perfect life and sacrificial death IN OUR PLACE, we can become acceptable through Christ’s “borrowed righteousness.”

            The Bible indicates the Holy Spirit (the third member of the Trinity) helps us to see the truth with clear eyes. He is what helps a Christian to understand some of the things God has to teach us, and he helps an unbeliever to see clearly enough to become a Christian in the first place.

            Who can be saved? Anyone. The Bible says in John chapter 3 that God loved the entire world (that means everyone), and that “whoever believes” (meaning anyone can-if they only WILL) will be regenerated.

            Don’t get caught up in misguided arguments about predestination and the sovereignty of God. Many people who do get wrapped around the axle and take things to extremes that lead AWAY from the truth, not toward it. God has a plan that will not be thwarted, but he allows a lot of leeway for the exercise of free will by individuals within that plan. God knew from the foundation of creation who would and who wouldn’t accept his grace, but knowing it ahead of time with perfect knowledge and foresight doesn’t change the fact that the individual had the choice all along. If you set your DVR for a football game and didn’t watch the game until several hours after it was finished, the outcome of the game would be uncertain TO YOU (because you hadn’t watched it yet), but it would be known to anyone who had seen the event already. Though the analogy isn’t perfect, the application to the subject at hand is that God has watched the game (through his vast intellect to be able to “see” outcomes long before they happen, and through his timeless nature), but you and I have not yet watched all of the game.

            My pastor, when he talks on the topic of predestination, uses this analogy (he used it last Sunday, in fact). When a Christian walks up to the gates of heaven, he’ll see these words written over the gate: “Whosoever will…”, and once he walks through and looks back at the gate from the other side, he’ll see the words over the gate: “Chosen before the foundation of the world.”

            All analogies break down somewhere when finite people attempt to comprehend the things of an infinite Creator, but I hope this helps somewhat.

          • AJ Castellitto

            Even Calvin wasn’t a Calvinist….. But there’s a paradox at play, we are responsible, yet not all will embrace the gospel….. We leave the mystery with God and be thankful that we are compelled to respond to the gospel call while others remain hardened….. Check into Machen & Van Til ….. Two great men who warned against the trend toward unorthodox-liberalism in Christianity during their time and still broke bread with Arminian leaning Evangelicals who were still solid on the essentials

          • AJ Castellitto

            Machen also recognized that the unbeliever’s presuppositions are bound up with his sinful desire to suppress God’s revelation.[123] Accordingly, unlike the old Princeton tendency to minimize it, Machen spoke explicitly of “the intellectual effects of sin.”[124] If the sinner clings to his autonomy in suppressing the revelation of God, held Machen, he will remain in darkness: “so long as we stand in our right, and have not had our eyes mysteriously opened, [we] are lost and blind in sin.”[125] All unbelieving philosophies are of necessity destructive of knowledge: “we hold for our part that wherever a process in metaphysics is in antagonism to Christianity it is not rational but irrational.”[126]

            Over against the unbeliever’s presupposed worldview which is destructive of knowledge, Machen sets the Christian position which is the key to all knowledge:

            The supernatural Jesus is thus the key to a right understanding of early Christian history. But He is also the key to far more than that. Mankind stands in the presence of more riddles than the riddle of New Testament times. All about us are riddles - the riddle of our existence, the riddle of the universe, the riddle of our misery and our sin. To all those riddles Jesus, as the New Testament presents Him, provides the key. He is the key not to some things but to everything. Very comprehensive, very wonderfully cumulative, very profound and very compelling is the evidence for the reality of the supernatural Christ.[127]

            Such words have the distinct ring of a presuppositional challenge to unbelief, claiming that nothing about the world and human experience can make sense apart from the “key” found in Christ. It also harmonizes with the presuppositional understanding of the comprehensive breadth of the evidence for proving the Christian position.

            • franklinb23

              It’s a bit of a stretch to suggest that the only rational conclusion one can have about Christianity is that it is true (and not just true, but true in a very specific way).

              After all, if Christianity could be apprehended purely through reason and intellect, there would be no need for faith at all. It would be as self-evident as the sky.

              • AJ Castellitto

                Thou hast said….

              • AJ Castellitto

                But I think the main point is if you believe you should go all the way…. Believe all of it or none of it…. Or believe well enough to trust in God with the things you still question

          • AJ Castellitto

            Here’s a good read on Machen who saw modernism/liberalism as the biggest enemy of the Church almost a century ago….. http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/j-gresham-machens-response-to-modernism

      • Thisoldspouse

        Excellent questions, franklin. I’m stunned (not that I didn’t think you weren’t capable.)

        • franklinb23

          Well, I’m introspective to the point of being neurotic. I ask more questions of myself than I ask of others. Unfortunately they’re usually not questions that have definitive answers!

          • Thisoldspouse

            In many, if not most, instances, the questions are much more important than the answers.

            The child Jesus stunned the highly academic teachers of the Law with his questions.