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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Thank goodness the gunman looked like....this........

Of course it's horrible, unthinkable, beyond tragic, that a man would murder 92 people in cold blood in Oslo and the island where all those children were in summer camp.  But if God had to let it happen, had to let Satan have his way with humankind, we need to give thanks that Satan selected a deranged man who was a fundamentalist Christian, an anti-immigrant, anti-tax, anti-Muslim, right-wing conservative, who

Image: Anders Behring Breivik
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This undated image obtained on Saturday from Facebook shows Anders Behring Breivik, the 32-year-old suspect questioned by Norway's police over twin attacks on a youth camp and the government headquarters.

Thank God he was a blond-haired Norwegian man with very light-colored skin.  And not a dark-skinned, curly-haired, bearded, North African, or Saudi Arabian, man with dark-colored skin.  And not a Muslim.

Will well-meaning men and women who believe that Islam is "an evil religion" finally be disabused of that idea?  Think about it.  Did Anders Behring Breivik murder 92 men, women, and children because he was: (a) blonde, (b) fundamentalist Christian (at least in his self-identification), (c) anti-tax, (d) anti-immigrant, (e) anti-Muslim, (f) Norwegian, (g) whatever height he was, (h) whatever weight he was, (i) clean-shaven, (j) other?

How 'bout Timothy McVeigh?

This mass murder was tragic, beyond belief, beyond human imagining.  I choose to view it as the dirty work of Satan.  Which God allowed to happen, but did not want to happen.  And maybe, just maybe, God knew Satan might do such a dirty deed, and misled Satan into thinking the best agent-on-earth Satan could choose to carry out the evil work was a blonde, anti-tax, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, clean-shaven, young Norwegian man.

I also wonder why works of great goodness (Jesus's healings and preachings) and great evil (Anders Behring Breivik) are sometimes performed by young men in their early 30's?

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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