Newtown Shooting: Real Evil or just Dancing to the Music of our DNA?

I was informed of the Newtown shootings while returning home last Friday night from a quick trip to South America for work. I rushed to make the connecting flight to Austin and did not take note of any news sources to check world headlines. I was deeply saddened when I heard the passenger next to me relay the horrific event. Before we had started our obligatory chit-chat prior to deplaning I had just penned in a Christmas card to a friend during the 2 hour flight: “Middle East wars, senseless violence…” describing life in 2012 and urging him to consider the importance of who Jesus is.

Including the words “senseless violence” in my Christmas card seemed a little eerie, even prophetic, due to my ignorance of events that had occurred earlier that day. Dozens slain in cold blood, twenty the same age as my grandchildren. The grief must be unimaginable for parents and the community in the northeast. Evil juxtaposed against the Christmas Holiday is not easily missed. This also is not new for the human race. Evil has been around a long time. Yes, this was Evil with a capital E on display and we hope that it does not visit our community in such a fashion. But was this truly an evil act? Will the news media even use the term evil describing this heinous act?

Many in our society have gone down the “path to enlightenment” called secularism where God is hoped to be removed from any relevance to everyday life. This must create confusion in their secular minds because if there is no God, then there can be no definition of evil and all actions are permissible under the guise of self-expression. High priest of this movement, Richard Dawkins, said “there is just no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.” Imagine the reception this man of learning would have if he were invited to speak at the memorial service. Of course this fool wouldn’t be caught near any such assemblage of mourning. In Dawkins fairy tale world evil has been erased because he understands that to keep his fraudulent and seductive thought processes alive, he has to deny evil so that he can deny that God exists.

In the real world evil exists. We all instinctively know that. Where does it come from one asks? “Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary” as Sherlock Holmes allegedly said. Elementary because its origins are shown in one of the greatest collections of history, poetry, and prose written in a book over 2000 years old; the Bible. Evil originates in the simple act of rebellion by Satan against God. Satan, a created angel, desired more power than his Creator and desired to usurp God’s authority. For this Satan was cast of out the presence of God and took a third of the angels with him. Evil and temptation to commit evil is here now because of Satan’s rebellion. Adam and Eve, our human father and mother chose to follow suit leaving each of us a rebels to God.

Evil is simply any rebellion against God, His perfect Laws, or His perfect attributes of truth, justice, goodness, love, or righteousness. Any act of rebellion qualifies regardless of size or importance. The words of Jesus also remind me that evil lurks in our own hearts. This reality suddenly causes me to reflect on my own past actions and pray for forgiveness for even the minutest offense against a Holy God who is the perfect standard.

Millions sent to concentration camps or slaughtered under despot regimes, child slavery or prostitution, mass killings like Newtown are some of the most horrific scenes from the annals of evil. Yet, in 2012 we rationalize that other human choices like abortion, infidelity, petty larceny, lying, addictions, are merely minor indiscretions or even celebrated events. The shooter in Newtown embarked on a mission to “kill, steal, and destroy” human life. Interestingly, those same words are used by Jesus to describe Satan in John 10:10. Anyone who unjustly kills, steals, or destroys human life is therefore acting as an agent of evil and on Satan’s behalf. Most of the time the perpetrators in these mass killings will take their own lives, not willing to live with the guilty conscious brought on by willful actions. That life ending act by the killer shows the reality of the overwhelming guilt that sin produces and that we as humans are unable to remove guilt by ourselves from our consciences.

As we approach the celebration of Jesus' entrance into this world over 2000 years ago in a lowly stable in Bethlehem, let us remember that Jesus came to shows us the way back to God and redeem us from our sins against God by offering forgiveness to those who repent. Evil will continue on this earth until Judgment Day where all evil will be purged forever and Emmanuel (God with us) reigns on earth in a world free from sin, death, and tears. Evil is real and people are moral agents responsible for their actions. We are not merely dancing blindly to our DNA as Dawkins suggests.

For this Christmas season love your family better than you ever have. Love your neighbor more too. Tend to the needy, the down and out. Life matters, love matters, justice matters, truth matters, goodness matters, compassion matters, kindness matters, sin matters, Christmas matters and yes, evil also matters. In fact, it is a matter of the heart.

Editor's Note: For those who agree with Dawkins that we merely act out of our DNA, I suggest watching the short film By Brian Goddawa, screenwriter of the film "To End All Wars," starring Keifer Sutherland & Robert Carlyle, titled Cruel Logic.

cruel logic

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  • Spencer Sims

    He is right. The real presence of evil points us in the direction towards good, because we know that "this isn't how it ought to be". The oughtness of life leads us to ask if there is a such thing as good. This question leads towards God, which flys in the face of today's dogma of cultural relativism. Check out for more.

  • llaw

    I just totally agree with James Miller! If there is no God, then no Satan either. If not either one, then this shooting would just be another "whatever" in mundane life. No good, no bad. Why do people outcry such atrocities then if no evil exists? The only logical explanation is that EVIL indeed exists! And if evil indeed exists, then the determining factor of evil exists-God! Why would any law of our land be needed if there is no evil? Evil CANNOT be compared to nothing, it has to stand up in the light of good, which only can come from God, Himself, the giver of ALL good! If you cry out "NO God," then you must not cry out "Evil." I sincerely beg to differ with any one...the killing of innocent 6 and 7 year olds is indeed pure evil! This act screams glory to Satan! Only the Lord can bring about any GOOD from this act. Come Lord Jesus! MERRY CHRISTMAS and HOPE THROUGH CHRIST to everyone!

  • Victor Barney


  • har82

    Right and wrong, good and evil , are simple facts of life. They are set forth by the - Creator - . The communists , Marxists, Godless , are the ones who preach there is no God,, Without God,,, there is no ,, moral bearing.. For man to worship man ,, and not God ,, brings it all crumbling down. Man , by himself can not make good nor evil. To the Godless ,, there is ,, no good or evil. There is only - relativism - . And that ,, is why - communism, marxism -, and all such theologies fail ..

    There has to be something more in life than just mans ideals. Humanism by itself has no morals,,, and therefor can not be either good nor evil. But we all know - good and evil - do in fact exist. It is present in every moment we live and breath.

    These - secular humanists , communists , have pretty much removed, or destroyed God ,, from all public life in this country and this is why we are where we are now.

    I know this sounds like just so much rambling. But just think about it . Were we not better off when God , and his teachings ,, was in our schools, government, and daily lives ??. I mean , even the Supreme Court building has God ,, virtually on every wall ,, and door jamb .The founders must have had some ,,, reason for all that.

    I do not profess to be a bible thumper.. But one can not look around and not ,, see the millions of diverse forms of life on this planet, the complexity of the water , and air currents that keep the air and water moving and clean , nor even the complexity of the human body ( which by the way the scientists still ,, can't fathom ) .

    Darwin, and the evolutionists ,, can not explain even the smallest fraction of what comprises this world we take for granted.

    So people ,, just what does that leave you with ??. Who made this little ball of dust and water ,, if not God ???.

  • drbhelthi


    Specialists in early development of humans have clarified the role of parents with the social development of their babies. Already established in the 1960s was that between the age of eighteen months and two years, the average toddler has acquired the personality traits that would be used throughout life. Babies and toddlers acquire what they hear and see in the environments within which they develop. It is easy for the simplistic minded to blame God, while they continue their ungodly behavior, and attempt to shirk their human responsibility.

  • rchguns

    This is the type of question that really makes me sick. The shooter may have been mentally ill but he was pure evil. Why do we have to blame science or find an excuse for this type of action. Why must everyone be a victim whenever they do something so terrible as what this person did. We may call the sickos that commit these atrocities and automatic victim for something that screwed up in their DNA or because they don't like their mother or maybe their father chewed too much tobacco or something. They did the deed their guilty if they don't kill themselves than they should be killed very, very, very slowly with as much pain and graphic horror as possible. The whole process should be televised in prime time and shown in every high school in the country. Why because you want to make a statement if this is what you want to do this is what's going to happen..

    The United States has his head so far up its anal orifice when it comes to crime and punishment that is unbelievable. The social progressives have started out in our schools preaching to our children that there is no penalty for doing something wrong. They can't be scolded and they sure can be spanked in fact in many places you can even tell her mother a bad person. So this is how they grow up with no respect for anyone else and very little respect for themselves. The social progressives in this country primarily our educational system has created these monsters and released them to run wild. If the schools would go back to teaching and making a point that there is right and wrong children would grow up some concept of justice and respect. They're taught now they can do anything they want have no consequences they participate in any activity why bother to be better at it because you don't win anything anyway were losers get awards and winners get the same rewards. Is it any surprise that we do not spot young people when they are in school that have problems like this young man obviously had before is released on an unsuspecting public.

    So if you don't want to blame this sick individual that did the shooting and you will find some excuse to forgive him or to make him look like a human being forget it is not going to happen. If you want to find blame is plenty of it to go around primarily a social progressive movement" liberals" have created a society where if you want to do this you can it's their fault that these monsters are among us.

  • Gil Jones

    Check out the history of "The Three Amigos," psychiatry, psychology, and psychoanalysis, "The Industry of Death." They & Big Pharma manufactured this madness. I'll leave you with this link then you'll know who's behind these school shootings and mass-homicides, if you can confront it?...Semper Fi

  • fliteking

    What happened in Sandy Hook was real evil . . . caused by liberal policies, destruction of the family unit and parents that cannot determine right from wrong.