How can some people be so evil?

2 01 2008

I saw part of a local news program today, and they told of someone who broke into a house and shot a child multiple times.  Someone else beat another person to death.  I heard this in just a few minutes of news for Arkansas, yet this kind of stuff happens all over the country on a daily basis.  What is this world coming to?

You may wonder how people can do such things.  Sometimes I do.  But if you think about how sin works, it makes sense.  You’ve probably heard the quote, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”  That explains it.  That’s how someone can go from an innocent child to an evil, murderous adult.  That’s why God is so much against sin, even the “smallest” ones.

We all have the “seed” of evil in us, and we’re all capable of horrible things.  This may seem inconceivable to you, but can you probably think of things you’ve done that you once imagined you’d never do.  If not, good for you.  But I suspect most criminals never intended for their life to go down that path when they first started.

Who we are is determined by the choices we make each day.  Of course character isn’t built in one day or in one decision, but over many days, months, and years your character is formed.  We’re daily becoming either more godly or less godly — there is no cruise control.  That’s why it’s so important to monitor what influences we allow in our lives, from friends, music, TV, etc.

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3 01 2008
Justin

If you want to hear some ugly news, try living in Orlando! I don’t even watch it anymore, because I couldn’t live here if I did. Its usually right in my back yard too, which makes it even scarier. Awhile back some teenager raped a 99 year old woman, and beat her to death. This is by far the worst story I have heard (I think), and the epitome of “hell on earth”.

What makes me sick is when they plead insanity. Its like, “um, yeah, normal people don’t go around killing people.”

3 01 2008
Hayden Tompkins

You should take a look at a book called The Lucifer Effect. It talks about how certain conditions set up a higher likelihood of people doing ‘evil’ deeds. It isn’t a justification for murder, but it helps to explain how things like the Holocaust happened.

I personally am disgusted by the teenagers who were running around some city in Florida beating up the homeless for sport, and killed one of them.

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