Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Is James Holmes, The Aurora Shooter, The Face of Evil?

Some people are going to claim that guns are what caused the shooting in a movie theater in the wee hours of a Friday morning.  Others will make the claim that violence in movies, television, and video games is to blame for the shooting, and even specifically blame the Batman movies.  Some people will blame the shooting on poverty or lack of education.  But are any of these really what caused James Holmes who was raised in an upper middle class family and on his way to getting a doctorate in neuroscience to open fire in a theater during the movie "The Dark Night Rises"?

Ted Baehr, a Christian movie critic, says that none of those things are to blame for James Holmes opening fire in a movie theater. None of the above claims get at the crux of the issue and answers the real question: Why did this happen? Ted Baehr makes the claim that wickedness is to blame for the shooting, and that this happened because persons don't have a relationship with the loving God along with having the belief in Jesus' message to bring salvation to all.

 Ted Baehr states:

Actually, none of these reasons answer the question ‘Why?’ The fact is that this is an evil act committed by an evil person, who did not know the truth of Jesus Christ that would set him free from such wickedness. The answer is not more laws, the answer is not to banish movies, nor neuroscience programs, nor weapons that can be used to protect, but rather to get the word of God out. Because "faith comes through hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ" (Romans 10:17). 

I used to be on the radical left, but Jesus Christ got hold of me, and I’ve tried to live my life every day by enjoying Him, using the power of God’s Holy Spirit. As the word of God says in Galatians 5:22-23, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." 

If you ban the fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ from society, including the education system, you’re not banning God; you’re banning goodness, justice, truth, peace, kindness, joy, gentleness, self-control, and love.

Do you think that it is possible for a person to be both insane and evil? It is my opinion that a sane person would not have succumbed to committing such an evil act of violence because of viewing violence on the screen or due to either poverty or a lack of education. There are plenty of people who live in poverty as well as others who don't have much of an education but they don't go around on killing sprees. 


Silverfiddle said...

Satan uses all kinds of people. He can use the insane to carry out evil acts.

I don't know what the state of that guy is, but I agree that our society is sick. We are spilling over with drugs, porn, violence, bad behavior...

Humanity has always had these things, but our sick culture actually celebrates them.

Garbage in, garbage out.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Yes, that is the face of evil.

Leticia said...

If you aren't filled with the Holy Ghost, I believe Satan can use a person like a puppet. And in this case, he most certainly did.

God forgive me, but I wish someone in that audience had a gun and would have shot that piece of garbage.

Now the tax payers and the families of the victims are paying to keep him in a nice clean cell, free food, tv, etc.

How nice for him.

Ducky's here said...

Evil can take many forms

Teresa said...



I agree that reposting that is ignorant and dumb but I don't think that type of stupidity rises to the level of being "evil".

Bunkerville said...

So Ducky leaves his mark on another blog with his disgusting rhetoric. I am reaching the point that I will not read comments from some of my fav bloggers.

viburnum said...

Taranto's explanation and apology


viburnum said...

I would have think long and hard before pronouncing someone to be evil incarnate. While the act was certainly evil, it's very likely a psychosis or some organic cause that has produced this horror. Charles Whitman, the sniper at UT back when I was a kid was determined to have had a brain tumor that likely produced his behavior. Sooner or later someone is going to stick this guy into an MRI and scan his brain. If it turns out he has an operable tumor it will certainly lead to a moral, ethical, and legal dilemma of the first order. What do we do with him if surgery and radiation treatment turns him back into his former quiet and studious self?