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The Gospel Dispenses Evil

It seems like we were just recovering from the Oregon mall shooting when the news broke about the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza a twenty-year-old, murdered his mother in their home, then proceeded to the school where his mother worked and murdered twenty children between the ages of five and ten and six staff before killing himself.

When situations like this happen, people question the existence of God: “If God is real, how could He let this happen? Evolution must be real instead.” The problem is this situation argues against evolution, because evolution argues for the propagation of the species and there’s no greater threat to that than for the species to murder itself.

Instead these terrible tragedies testify to the truth that’s contained in God’s Word: we live in a sinful, fallen world, where there’s very real evil. Even people who believe in God want to deny the existence of the devil, but as much as there’s a real God, there’s a real devil. We see him using unredeemed people: Eph 2:2 says he now works in the sons of disobedience and that’s what he did with Adam Lanza. John 10:10 says the devil does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. These tragedies should remind us of the devil and his desires.

I keep reading all these posts on Facebook and seeing news articles for the need for greater gun control laws. Adam was under 21 years of age, making it illegal for him to obtain or possess a handgun in CT. The state is already ranked as having the fifth-toughest gun-control laws in the country. My point in mentioning this isn’t to get into politics, but to point out that unless people’s hearts change, no amount of laws will ever provide our nation with the peace and stability everyone desires. And people’s hearts only change through the gospel.

My wife was a psychology major in college. Talk to her about the discouraging statistics of people being helped through psychology. My dad spent his life working in corrections. Talk to him about the percent of people actually reformed by our penitentiaries. The Gospel though, really changes people lives, marriages, families, when people will submit to Christ and His Word.

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