The discussion in the immediate aftermath of the Valentine’s Day massacre school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas school in Florida devolved into the same arguments that have followed every other mass shooting in America: The left wants to restrict or outright ban guns, and the right opposes any more unconstitutional restrictions on gun ownership. A dispute over gun rights ensues. The crux of the problem is ignored.
When Cain killed Abel in Genesis 4, he did so out of a rejection of Godliness, Godly love and Godly principles.
So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. — Genesis 4:3-8 (NASB)
The inference is that both Cain and Abel were instructed ahead of time by God what would be an acceptable offering. They were to give to God the first and best of their production. Abel did so and God accepted his offering, but Cain did not, so his was rejected. When Cain disobeyed God’s teaching and gave an inferior offering, God rejected it. Cain became envious of Abel and allowed that envy to fester inside him until it overcame him and he rose up and killed his brother.
We don’t know what weapon Cain used to kill to kill Abel, and it doesn’t matter. Cain didn’t have a weapon problem, he had a heart problem. His heart was not on Godly things. This is a microcosm of American society today.
When the shooter walked into the school and pulled his rifle out of a case and opened fire on the students, he violated the greatest of God’s commandments:
One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” — Matthew 22:35-40 (NASB)
Anyone who loves God with all his heart, soul and mind will not intentionally take a life. Anyone who loves his neighbor as himself will not intentionally take a life.
Beyond violating these two greatest commandments, he also violated these:
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor. — Exodus 20:12, 13, 17. (NASB)
The shooter is described in various accounts as being odd, angry and violent. Perhaps he felt he had been persecuted, picked on or slighted over the course of his life. From this he became angry and envious. He allowed those feelings to fester and they manifested themselves into hatred of those around him. These are still more violations of God’s law. See Matthew 5:21-22, Matthew 5:38-39, Matthew 5:43-38 and Romans 13:8-10.
Like the shooter, many if not most Americans have rejected not only Biblical doctrine, they have rejected God Himself. In doing so Americans have rejected the notion of right and wrong and good and evil and replaced it with the philosophies of collectivism, universalism and what I call the “love-love syndrome.” The love-love syndrome is a philosophy of loving your neighbor and excusing his sin out of some misplaced sense of “love.”
But we are to abhor evil.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. — Romans 12:9 (NASB)
Traditional and scriptural Christianity has been gradually forced out and suppressed through intimidation and oppression and substituted with the new, secular system. Christians are targeted and forced to mute any discussion of their value system in the public sphere, threatened with loss of livelihood and forced into re-education camps if they refuse to conform to the new conventional wisdom. Many of them no longer abhor what is evil.
This is the philosophy of worldliness. It is “public policy” in America and most of the world. It is an esoteric teaching designed to neutralize Christians so that they do not and cannot discriminate between good and evil. Need we explain that once we are neutralized with the love-love syndrome, then evil takes over?
The evil system that we live under euphemistically called democracy literally exists and survives because millions of professing Christians do not know the difference in good and evil. Note that all major religions focus on “tolerance.” They tolerate everything but New Testament Christianity.
God cannot be pleased and we are therefore deceived and ruled with deception. We must as Christians love the good and hate the evil and we must know the difference and not be afraid to point it out and stand up to it.
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. — III John 11 (NASB)
No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. — Luke 16:13 (NASB)
America will continue down the path of immorality and wickedness — the establishment wouldn’t want me to use those words but I do so because that’s what it is — so long as professing Christians refuse to condemn evil. This includes the ongoing destruction of the family as I described in The church of secularism is reaping what it has sown.
Fyodor Dostoevsky warned that without God, all bad things are possible. This has resulted in a death culture in which human life has no meaning. We now have in this country state-approved abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, a “green” movement that exalts nature above people and much, much more, all as a result of the love-love syndrome and rejection of God and His teaching.
Christians and nonChristians alike in today’s world accept government morality because they have acquired the same morality for themselves. Value relativism and universalism of thought have diminished in our lives the spiritual influence of the Holy Scriptures. We no longer know right from wrong; and in fact, right or wrong can now change from day to day, depending upon new conventional wisdom or how one feels at the time.
What was a sin and perversion yesterday is now not only state-sanctioned but state-promoted. Our senses are so dulled with altruistic propaganda that we no longer have an imperative to inquire. There is no distinction in our minds that our individual and personal identity is different or should be different from the crowd.
The agnostic and atheist among us is now saying this is folly; that religion is not the answer. That is true. Religion is not the answer; God is.
But it is to be expected that most will reject Godliness, because they embrace worldliness and reject the notion that there is something bigger than them.
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. — Matthew 7:13-14 (NASB)
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.”
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” — I Corinthians 1:18-31 (NASB)
Let everyone embrace God and his teachings in Holy Scripture and mass murder — all murder — will disappear.
P.S. There will inevitably be one or more who will say that many have been killed by Christians. This is sophistry. Killing in the name of God is anathema to Christian teaching.
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ — Matthew 7: 15-23 (NASB)