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Why the Massacre in Las Vegas? Part II

    I think one reason for the massacre is because of the lack of fear of eternal punishment (see "Why the Massacre in Las Vegas?  Part I).
    I would contend that the second reason is because of a culture of death.  We live in an age where death is rampant.  Exhibit A is the abortion industry.  A woman becomes pregnant and the solution is to kill the unborn.  That is called infanticide.  Getting too old and can't take care of yourself?  Senicide takes care of that problem.
    Life has become cheap.  Whether it is shooter games, or violent movies.  I love James Bond films, but in The Spy Who Loved Me, he kills 31 people, and another 116  people are killed.  In the Quantum of Solace, he kills another 16.  Legolas kills 57 people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  And Chicago saw in 2016: "762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents, and 4,331 shooting victims."  http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/01/us/chicago-murders-2016/index.html

Why the Massacre in Las Vegas? Part I

   Before I wrote, I wanted to do some thinking about the massacre. 
   I think one reason that the massacre occurred is because of the lack of fear of God.  If you think that this life is all that there is, then you live you life like there is no eternity.  Since God will not judge you and since there is no hell, then there are no eternal consequences for doing evil on this earth. 
    This is not brought up in the conversations.  The conversations are how do you prevent the murder?  By banning guns.  But banning guns does not change the heart.  If you are intent on murder, you can drive a car into a crowd.  Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year old Muslim killed 14 and injured 121 on the 17 Aug attack.  In Marseilles, 86 people were killed by a truck driving into a crowd, far more than the Las Vegas shooting.  Or you can blow up a car with explosives. 
     External means won't work.  You need to have a change of heart.  You need to think about the eternal future, about God as a judge. 
     If there is no future penalty, then there is no change in the heart.

Lord, we ask that we will become more aware of You in this world.

Unpredictability

You cannot predict the future.  Louis Severino is the Yankee's best pitcher this year.  He give up an average of one run every 3 innings.  Last night he gave up three runs and there was a runner on second and third base.  He lasted just one out.  Thus, he was 27 times as bad as normal. 
{Note:  a reader pointed out that his ERA was not 27 but 81.  Why?  He let in 3 runs and recorded one out.  If he allowed one run in one inning, his ERA is 9.  He let in three runs in one inning so his ERA is 27.  But he only recorded one out, so his ERA is really 81.  His ERA was 2.98 during the regular season.  My statement is true that he was 27 times worse, but I should have explained that his ERA was really 81.}
   Another Yankee is Didi Gregorious had a .125 record against the Minnesota pitcher, Santana.  But he hit a three run home run.

Man does not know and cannot know the future.

Best Colleges?

The Wall St. Journal just published their top 500 colleges in the U.S.  Interestingly, Master's University, a small Christian college that did not rank in the top 500, was ranked # 1 by the students for would they choose that college again.  The WSJ ranked Dordt College as number 1 in faculty-student engagement.  Dordt professors earned $38,000/year while Harvard earned $91,000.