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    Evil as a Social Construct

    The random acts of violence in our society demonstrates how desperately wicked we are. What profoundly sad news this week from both coasts. When people in the news ask why? My question in return is why not? If we have no ultimate standard to appeal to in our society, and are simply left to our own self-declared authority, then how is a massacre any different than a day at the beach? I am not claiming that I am any better or beyond evil, since I share in the same fallen humanity, but the Law of God acts as a restraint, and if it is not taught to our children then we are abusing them and are more likely to grow up despairing in the meaninglessness of it all, so why not be bad? What is bad anyway if there is no real truth, but a social construct and nothing more.

    A revealing quote from a leading atheist speaks volumes:

    "The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference." Richard Dawkins, God's Utility Function, Scientific American, p 85, November 1995 ...
    Consistency demands, then, that we should be indifferent to all so-called "evil" events, including the events that transpired this week. This bleak and inconsistent worldview, I believe, has played a large part in taking us down the road to the meaningless destination to which we have arrived ... with no inherent right or wrong and where no action is necessarily preferable to any other, giving rise to an environment where life has no objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. Of course, not one atheist or nihilist can live consistently under this idea, demonstrating that they know, in their heart of hearts, that objective meaning really exists.
    Posted by John on December 14, 2012 06:59 PM

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    These are not random acts - they are acts of intention, with a purpose, evil though they may be.

    Yes, the question is not "Why did it happen?" but "Why doesn't it happen more often?" Only God's gracious restraint of the evil intent of wicked men is why it doesn't happen more often, but when He remove His grace and wickedness manifests itself, we recoil. We recoil only because we take grace for granted.

    Jeff,

    You are indeed right that they not random in the sense that they are evil acts of intention, with a purpose. But they were random relative to the persons harmed since, as far as the shooter(s)were concerned, it could have been anyone. It really depends on from which vantage point one speaks. These were not specific individuals they personally knew and then targeted for revenge for stealth purposes. They just wanted to do harm toward whoever might be there at the time. That is what I mean by random.

    John

    This is a good message. I've been reading Paul Johnson's book HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY and he says this at the end of the book:
    "...mankind without Christianity conjures up a dismal prospect.It is a civilizing agent. It helps cage the beast. In the last generation with public Christianity in headlong retreat we have caught our first distant view of a deChristianized world, and it is not encouraging. Man is imperfect with God. What is he without?" Read the book and weep.

    One point you make is clear by the fruit we see manifested in societies where Shari Law is taught.

    I don't expect it that this presence world will willingly embrace the constraints of the Law as we learn it taught in the Scriptures unless the Spirit of Grace and Truth are first given?

    I too agree that this a good article!

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