Some Questions and Some Answers About
Columbine High School.
Rom 8:28 and Many Other Verses

Rom 8:28
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to {His} purpose. (NAS)

Luke 13:4
4 "Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were {worse} culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? (NAS)

Introduction
I am sure you have heard and asked questions about the Columbine school incident. Today I want to ask some questions and offer some answers as to how we can stop such violence.
 
 

Question One: Why did this happen?     2 Tim 3:1-4


1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,    3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,  4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
 

A.    Some Suggestion I Have Heard.
            1.    No Gun Control
            2.    No Parental Discipline.
            3.    Not Enough Attention to Warning Signs.
            4.    The Philosophy of Evolution.
 

B.    Some Suggestion I Would Make.
            1.    Christians Standing Up for A Value System
                    a.    Idiotic difference of laws concerning abortion and piercing ears, and baby humans and
                            baby eagles.
                    b.    Illegal to pray in school. Do you think those children who were praying in the closets
                            and under the tables will be arrested?

Illustration:
I heard this sad but some what humorous story. Some Children In a huddle shooting dice teacher said "what are you doing" they showed him the dice and he say "oh for a while I thought you were praying".

            2.    Christians Voting Conviction Rather Than Pocket Book.
            3.    Christians Expressing Them Selves and their values In The Cross Ways of life.
            4.    Christians Being Active In There Witness.

See Bulletin Insert about Cassie Bernall.
 
 





Question Two: Where was God.


A.    On His Throne.
            1.    The same place He was when JESUS was Crucified.
Matt 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying," Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? "that is," My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (NAS)

            a.    Some of the Parents may feel Forsaken by God but He is still on His Throne.

Ps 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His godly ones. (NAS)
 
 

Question Three: How Does Evil Happen.


Isa 45:7 The One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these. (NAS) Isa 45:7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. (NIV) Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. (KJV)

A.    The word CREATE in verse 47 is the strongest word for create.
            1.    The possibility of Evil was created by God.

B.    God Created Satan.
            1.    In Satan Is the Source of Evil.

John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies. (NAS)

C.    The Possibility of Evil is In Satan.
            1.    Hate Crimes.
            2.    Murder.
            3.    Pride.
John 3:20 "For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. (NAS)

I Jn 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (NAS)
 
 

Question Four:  Why Didn't God Stop the Slaughter?


Luke 13:4 "Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were {worse} culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? (NAS)

A. To Chose Evil Is A choice of Man kind.

B.    It points out judgment to all of us.
        1.    It highlights what is really important In Life.

C.    God Will Allow Hell.
 
 

Question Five:   Could It Happen Here?


Luke 13:4 "Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were {worse} culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? (NAS)

Yes!
 

Illustration
A Bolivar Missouri School Student just 130 miles away was arrested for having bullets with teachers names on them.

While on an elevator in a Springfield hospital I met a Police Officer. His badge said Springfield Schools.
I ask "do you have a police officer at each school?" He said "No but I wished we did." I then said "a policeman in our town told me it is just a matter of time before someone shoots some one at our school." This police officer said "I believe it, I will not be surprised if it happens in Springfield."
 
 

Question Six: How to Look At These Events.


1 Cor 13:12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known.

A.    Look wit an Eternal Perspective.
 

Illustration
This is a brief excerpt that appeared in the Journal Sentinel - a very liberal newspaper in the Denver area.

"Maybe John Tomlin's death will save a soul, and maybe more than one. The stirring spirit of John's life, so brutally punctuated by his death at Columbine High School, led his friend Brandon Sokol to announce Friday his conversion to Christ. Brandon spoke through tears at John's memorial service, the first for the victims of Tuesday's massacre.

More conversions may follow, said Tomlin's girlfriend, Michelle Oetter, a 17-year-old who seems guided through this tragedy by uncommon grace and perception.

Michelle Oetter, HIS GIRL FRIEND SAID "I don't know why John died . . . but God knows what he is doing,'. If this many people are going to find out what kind of person John was and the faith he had -- it changed Brandon's life -- I don't have to ask why.'"
 

Conclusion Keep Weeding

George Paton was a missionary to the cannibals in the New Herbides Islands. He began his ministry in 1858 and stayed for over thirty years. His wife died in childbirth a year after arriving on the field. Paton had many close encounters with death told in his autobiography, THIRTY YEARS WITH SOUTH SEA CANNIBALS.
 

One time, "Paton was weeding his garden when a cannibal aimed a musket on him. Paton knew that the cannibal had trained the weapon on him but kept going down the row weeding. The cannibal kept following him. For some reason, the cannibal chose not to fire. Later someone asked, 'How could you do that?'

Paton replied, 'You know, if my life is over, it's over. And if it's not, I better weed the garden.' God would not allow that cannibal to shoot Paton unless it was His time, and if it wasn't God's time, Paton had things to do."    from RECLAIMING SURRENDERED GROUND, by Jim Logan, p. 160
 

CHRISTIAN KEEP (or start) WITNESSING
 
 


 
 


 
 


 

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