Monday, July 23, 2012

Colorado Shooting: Christians Point to the Reality of Evil

While police are still investigating the motive behind Friday's shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colo., some Christians are convinced of the real source: evil.

"What happened up in Aurora ... was the product of pure evil. It was the result of a depraved individual taking his free will to the extreme," said Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, in a statement Friday.
Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, also pointed to the moral evil that humans are capable of.

James E. Holmes, 24, was taken into custody early Friday after allegedly opening fire in a movie theater during the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." Armed with four weapons, bullet-proof gear and gas canisters, Holmes was said to have appeared ready to go to war, as one witness described to the media.
The gunman unloaded hundreds of rounds and killed at least 12 people while injuring more than 50 others at Century 16.

"It brings a whole new meaning to 'Dark Knight rising' – not in a good way," said Greg Stier, founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries, to The Christian Post.

"You can't help but think of Satan – you know that dark knight who was once that white knight ... the highest of all angels who ... got thrown out of heaven and has now been on the earth perverting, killing, whispering in ears."
While Christians are oftentimes labeled crazy for believing in Satan, Stier emphasized what Scripture makes clear – that "our struggle is not against people ... but against a person in the spiritual realm."
"There is a highly organized, systematized army of darkness."
While Jesus came to bring life, Satan came to pervert all that, the youth leader added.

Mother of 'Canadian Psycho' victim becomes Christian

The mother of a Chinese student murdered and dismembered in Canada announced that she has converted to Christianity and was recently baptized in the wake of the gruesome case.
Occasional porn actor and escort Luka Rocco Magnotta is believed to have used an ice pick to stab Lin in late May before carving up his body, sexually abusing the corpse, filming the act and posting the video online.
"Last Sunday, I decided to get baptized," Lin's mother Du Zhigui said in emotional remarks at a religious service in a Montreal church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada, an evangelical organization that includes 400 congregations and 120,000 members around the country.
In her speech on Saturday, occasionally interspersed by sobs, she said the pastor of the church, Philip Cherng, approached her when she first came to Canada upon news of her son's killing, adding "the voice of God comforted me."
Du, who had her first contact with Christianity in Taiwan seven years ago, told the audience of roughly 100 people that she still felt "much grief," according to a French translation of her Chinese comments.


Warner Bros. to Make 'Substantial' Donation to Colorado Shooting Victims

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the studio has been in contact with Colorodo governor John Hickenlooper's office and will contribute to a fund identified by the governor on the website, which is a program of Colorado's Community First Foundation. The fund distributes monies across several charities that will support victims of the July 20 killing spree that left at least 12 dead and dozens injured.