The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Monday, July 25, 2011
The spirit behind mass killings
The world is trying to make sense of the bombing and subsequent youth camp shooting rampage in Norway that left over 90 people dead. Initially several news organizations, including the New York Times, reported that a little known terrorist group claimed credit for the killings. The NYT reported that Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami claimed responsibility, but later retracted. Later in the day as events unraveled, that story was buried and a new story emerged: That "right-wing extremist" Anders Behring Breivik acted alone in an insane attempt to create a "crusade" against Islam. Reports now profile Breivik as an admirer of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and reportedly lists his religion as "Christian" on Facebook.
It is difficult to explain why these things happen. It is not so difficult to explain why these horrible events quickly become political with everyone trying to blame their favorite political enemy. There is one thing for certain, there are evil people in the world wishing to do evil to others. Some act alone. Others act in small groups. But there is one that does so worldwide with clarity of position and is unapologetic of its actions--and that is Islam. From human slavery to drug running to murdering innocent people in the name of their god, Islam is a political system that destroys people. Whether the Norway killer acted alone, or with a small group or was part of a bigger group, he shares the same spirit of destruction.
For years people have looked at conspiracy theories from the American government invoking the 911 terrorist attacks to the various theories behind the Oklahoma City bombings--where like in Norway, innocent children were put to death. Certainly, the left likes to point at people that commit these heinous acts and say they are representative of conservatives or Christians. If they are conservative, they are not typical of political and social conservatives in America. The TEA Party, as some have suggested, did not have anything to do with the Norway massacre. As a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ, I can say with certainty that Christianity did not have anything to do with the killings either.
There is one thing that connects the Oklahoma City bombings with the Norway massacre with the 911 terrorist attacks with the attacks against Israel, and with Islam. Jesus said it in John 10:10-11, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." The spirit of satan destroys life. The Spirit of Christ gives life and protects life so much that it sacrifices itself to preserve life. The politicians and the psychiatrists and the analysts will try for years to figure this out and blame someone or something. They probably won't conclude that its just evil doing evil.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!