The world wonders why James Homes went on a killing spree.
by Moody Adams Everyone is searching for the motivation in the theater massacre.
It is always easy to say the man was crazy. But was he? "It says a lot about the type of prejudice we have when we automatically go to the presumption that a clinical mental illness was the cause," says Praveen Kambam, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles.
"Even the surgeon general of the United States has said there's very little risk of violence or harm from a stranger who has a mental disorder.
Poverty did not cause the crime. Homes was raised by a well-off family.
Lack of education? We cannot blame it on this. He was a brilliant neuroscience student.
Homes did not lack “religion.” He served asa camp counselor in a Jewish camp, Camp Max Straus, in the summer of 2008.
He wasn’t being bullied. Nor did some girl friend apparently leave him.
The Bible explains the killing in clear, simple terms. All men are born with a naturally depraved heart. Jesus said the problem with murderers is not in their mind, but their heart: “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19).
God gave three institutions to suppress the evil within men. First, a family to train the child in righteousness. Second, government to punish evil doers (we do not execute killers for 10, years, or never. Third, the church whose job it is to convert the evil heart and replace it with a godly heart. When these three institutions all fail, we will become a land of merciless killers. It comes out of the depraved heart.