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School shooting in Finland and Darwinian evolution

     A tragic school shooting event in Finland has a connection to evolution: (From Ken Ham at http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/aroundtheworld/2007/11/08/evolution-connection-to-school-violence/ ) CNN reports: "Just hours before the shooting, a video titled ‘Jokela High School Massacre —11/7/2007’ was posted on the YouTube site of a person with the user name Sturmgeist 89 who identified himself as Pekka-Eric Auvinen, an 18-year-old Finnish male. He said he chose the name ‘Sturmgeist’ because it means ‘storm spirit’ in German.In rambling text posted on the site two weeks before the shooting, Auvinen said that he is ‘a cynical existentialist, anti-human humanist, anti-social social-Darwinist, realistic idealist and god-like atheist.’ ‘I am prepared to fight and die for my cause,’ he wrote. ‘I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection.’" You can read the entire news story at:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/11/08/school.shooting/index.html?iref=newssearch .

Now before I get misquoted and misrepresented as often happens when we connect evolution to some moral evil, we do not blame evolution for such violence—sin is the cause. However, the more generations of children are taught that they are just animals, that there is no God, and that life is the result of natural processes, we shouldn’t be surprised when more and more begin taking such a belief about their origins (which also determines meaning and purpose) and apply it in the way this gunman did. There is no getting around it—if there is no God and man is just an animal (as this young man believed, as revealed on his YouTube posting), then there is no purpose and meaning in life except what you want to make it to be—morality is all subjective and depends on what one can get away with in the culture one lives in. As the Bible states in the book of Judges concerning the Israelites, "In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes." Naturalistic, atheistic evolution is a philosophy that teaches generations that "there is no king—do what is right in your own eyes." Be sure to read Bodie Hodge’s response to this tragedy on the AiG website.

     Finland School Shootings: The Sad Evolution Connection: (Here is part of Bodie Hodge’s response as found at http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2007/11/08/finland-fruits-of-humanism ). "I am prepared to fight and die for my cause, . . . I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection. No, the truth is that I am just an animal, a human, an individual, a dissident . . . . It’s time to put NATURAL SELECTION & SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST back on tracks!" Sadly, these words were among the last things said before a self-proclaimed Social Darwinist took action in a shooting rampage in Jokela High School about 40 miles from Helsinki, Finland. At least eight people were reported killed by the student gunman named Pekka-Eric Auvinen, who had an online alias "Sturmgeist89," in a tragic event that has shocked the country that sits in the far northern region of Europe. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this tragedy, though nothing can replace those they have lost. As Christians who hold that people are made in the image of God, there is a basis for the value of human life and for absolute morality. During this time of healing, the debate over evolutionism is likely being fueled and will be hotly debated. And though we would rather spend our efforts helping those who are hurting understand that death and suffering are enemies in a sin-cursed world, we have to address the issue of evolution—and its ultimate outcome. Finland, like many other European nations, used to be very Christian in its culture. They still have a Nordic blue cross on the flag of their country. But over the years, evolutionism began to infiltrate in schools, universities and so on. Evolutionism denies that the Bible is God’s Word and that God is the final authority. Instead it raises up man to be the supreme authority….This student professed to be a "Social Darwinist," which is a fancy way of saying he held to the religion of evolution. Even his revealing quote that initiated this article confirms his evolutionary beliefs. And like Darwin, he felt some people were "unfit" to survive….Now that evolution is being taught in all parts of the world, it is logical to assume this influence will sadly continue to bear more fruit….If evolutionists are upset about this tragedy in Finland (or any other school shooting), then on what basis could they make a case to condemn it? On the basis of their materialistic beliefs, what they just observed was a random set of chemicals reacting with another random set of chemicals. Do evolutionists get upset with baking soda reacting with vinegar? Often, however, even evolutionists are outraged by the school shootings, but in order for them to justify being outraged, they have borrowed from the Christian worldview to acknowledge that such things are wrong. But the fact remains that these murderers were living a life consistent with the real teachings of atheistic evolutionism. Children catch on quickly and eventually put two and two together. When they are taught that there is no God, no right and wrong, people are animals, etc., then they may reason: "Why not kill or steal?" and so on. It is a logical connection. So long as evolutionism is forced onto children (no God, people are animals, no right and wrong, etc.) and so long as they believe it and reject accountability to their Creator, then we can expect more of these types of gross and inappropriate actions.

     Comment: If, as Sam Harris suggests in his book A Letter to a Christian Nation (and other pop-culture atheists have offered the same argument), Christianity should be rejected because people who call themselves Christians have done bad things, then why it is not just as true that atheistic Darwinian evolution should be rejected because people who identify themselves as atheists, Darwinians, and evolutionists are also doing bad things?

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