“The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. “
What prompted a Norwegian man to kill 93 people? What caused him to believe that the right course of action was to place a bomb in Oslo, then go to a youth camp and slaughter children? What kind of world do we live in that contains animals like these? It is really hard to understand.
I don’t know the reason.
We are now seeing plenty of experts in the headlines with possible answers. Maybe it was caused by politicians and leaders sparking hatred amongst extremists. Maybe it was because he had a difficult childhood. Maybe it was a particular traumatic event that led him to commit this horrible act. Maybe he is clinically insane and was off his medication. I suppose there could be many reasons.
Maybe – he is just evil.
I think sometimes we try to make sense out our fallen world. We try to find the magic pill or cure that will prevent mad men from committing crimes. If we just medicate them correctly, or if we just fix the issues in society that led them astray. Why is it that we just can’t come to grips with the fact that there is such a thing as evil in this world? Why can’t we just understand that there are people in this world that don’t want to be good people?
Don’t get me wrong. I completely agree that medication and finding resolutions to societal issues that cause crime are worthy endeavors, especially since I know that through God – all is possible. But evil people have existed since this world began. As much as we try, they will always be among us. Since the day Adam fell in the garden of Eden, evil has existed, and until our Messiah returns, life in this fallen world will be a struggle. Some will unfortunately choose evil rather than good. Some will fall.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
I truly believe that the farther we stray from God, the easier it is for us to be tempted, and the closer we come to evil. It can happen to any of us. While most of us would never commit a crime as a result, we are all susceptible to it. We are all imperfect, and such can be tempted to act in a way that does not honor God.
So how should we react to this horrible act?
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
The Bible will always hold the key. I believe it is very clear how we should react. We can overcome evil only with good. We cannot do it through revenge, since that right belongs to God. It is not through anger, as that will simply tempt us to stray from God. It is only through our adherence to the Bible, and God’s word that we can overcome such a horrific crime. Hey, I know it isn’t easy, but Jesus never told us that following Him would be easy.
Today, we pray for Norway.
We pray for the children and all who lost their lives.
We pray for those that have survived and are finding a way to make sense of the senseless.
We pray for ourselves, that we continue to follow our Savior, and that evil is overcome in the arms of Jesus.
- “Our nation is praying for a praying nation…” (1minionsopinion.wordpress.com)
- Pray for Norway (lifeondoverbeach.wordpress.com)
- Pray for Norway (reachingyouth.wordpress.com)
- How should I pray? (sharinhislove.wordpress.com)
- How long, O Lord? (caddiemurray.wordpress.com)
- Pondering Norway’s Darkest Hour (challies.com)
- Massacre in Norway: Pray for Peace (logoschristiancenter.wordpress.com)