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The world has been a violent place for thousands of years, but societies around the globe appear to be getting even more violent. Last Sunday in Toronto, Canada, a 25-year-old man drove a rented truck into pedestrians, killing ten and injuring 13 more (The Independent, April 24, 2018). In the USA, hearing or reading news of shootings in schools and at public places feels as though it is becoming routine, with yet another instance just this past week (New York Times, April 23, 2018; Washington Post, April 24, 2018). In Europe, murders with knives, with guns and by fanatics driving large vehicles continue to make news, as well. Last year in Mexico, more than 25,000 people were killed—the highest number of murders in that nation since monitoring began a decade before (AFP, April 22, 2018). What is going on?
There are many theories as to why these mass murders are occurring. They range from a lack of fathers, to violent video games, to easily accessible firearms, and even to sexual deprivation. But are there more fundamental reasons?
The Apostle Paul warned that “in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves… unloving… without self-control, brutal, despisers of good” (2 Timothy 3:1–3). Jesus also prophesied about the end of the age: “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). The prophet Hosea connects increasing violence with turning away from God (Hosea 4:1–6), and the prophet Jeremiah warned that when nations forget God, they will reap what they sow (Jeremiah 2:17–19). As societies move away from biblical morality, it is not surprising that the value of life diminishes and violence and brutality increase. The Bible is the moral standard that emphasizes the value of human life and the need to protect it. Without the Bible, “[e]very way of a man is right in his own eyes” (Proverbs 21:2). However, the Bible reveals this killing and carnage will stop! To find out how this will occur, read “Seven Reasons Why Christ Must Return!”