The CBS television series Diagnosis Murder ran for eight seasons from October 1993 to May 2001. Starring Dick Van Dyke, Scott Baio and Victoria Rowell to name of few, this drama examined the motive behind each act, crime and murder. Little did creator Joyce Burditt realize that four months after this show’s conclusion a new diagnosis was necessary, to comprehend the heart and mind of a terrorist following 9/11.
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it,” Genesis 4:7.
After each mass shooting, politicians meet behind closed doors to determine their talking points. Questions such as “Was this an act of terror, motivated by the religious right, Muslim extremists, work place violence, a loose canon or someone with a record of mental illness?” Unfortunately, these acts in America have become so common expert panelists are probably on standby or speed dial, waiting to analyze the next act of terror.
“In your anger do not sin:” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold, Ephesians 4:26-27.
The Bible has its own theory on why murder and terrorism occur. Some thoughts are conceived through jealousy like Cain. Envy and jealousy eat away at the human soul, planting seeds of revenge inside the hearts and minds of those who feel threatened by another person or faith. Meanwhile, Jesus links anger and hatred to murder within his sermon on the Mount. Expanding upon this view, the apostle Paul refers to someone who gives the devil a foothold. When evil comes crouching at the door of vulnerable hearts and minds, conditions are ripe for horrific acts. May the truths of these biblical principles reach those on the verge of making a poor choice, preventing the need for another diagnosis murder.
by Jay Mankus