Saturday, April 21, 2007

explaining evil

In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the media is dissecting the story like a dog worries a bone trying to find all the answers.  It would be fine, indeed, to come to a crystal clear understanding of why this happened, how this troubled boy was 'set-off' society failed to prevent the tragedy.  Ultimately, however, I don't think they will find logical or rational answers for all the questions.  Ultimately, there is no logical explanation for evil.  Since the time of Adam & Eve and of Cain & Abel we have witnessed the dark side of our nature and with all our progress across the centuries, we've not eradicated our tendency to do illogical, irrational, at times horrific things.  Within each person the crisis of evil can only be successfully addressed when covered by the one effective counteracting agent: the atoning, reconciling, transforming power of the blood of Christ.  As carriers and containers of His living presence, one of our greatest challenges is communicating Christ, the one sure hope to defeat the evil that resides within each of our human frames.  It's good to remember that a soul that has found salvation is also a soul that will do less harm and more good as life unfolds.  Truly, our answers are found in Jesus alone!
Hebrews 2:14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
blessings with hope,
Rob Smith

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