Since the Las Vegas mass shooting at the Harvest Country Music Festival on the evening of October 1st, 2017, everyone in the media is asking why did this happen? As investigators begin combing through physical evidence, this reason for this evil act is still unknown. While a timeline is being recreated, it’s hard to logically explain how someone could violently gun down so many. Perhaps, the Bible can shed some light behind the mindset of a murderer.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 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 4:6-7.
The first murder ever recorded occurs due to jealousy as a younger brother’s success becomes a motive for murder. While Cain struggled to make ends meat as a farmer, God blessed Adam’s shepherding business. When it came time to bring forth first fruits, similar to a modern day tithe, Abel had plenty to offer. Meanwhile, Cain’s offering did not receive God’s favor. As jealousy began to spread within his heart, the Lord confronts Cain in the passage above.
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation,” Matthew 12:43-45.
When impure thoughts enter your mind, you have one of two choices. You can listen to evil or take your thoughts captive by ruling over them. This ongoing battle doesn’t take breaks so you may resist the first time, but as you grow tried and weary, individuals begin to give into temptation. The passage above eludes to addiction as bad choices lead to a life style. Once hooked on something, spirits often overwhelm weak souls. In the case of Cain, once the idea of getting rid of the competition, his brother, it was only a matter of time. Perhaps, Stephen Paddock allowed impure spirits to enter his body inspiring the murderous rampage he went on. Although time will uncover more evidence, this blog gives a brief biblical explanation of why this tragic event happened.
by Jay Mankus