There is no doubt; America is facing an epidemic of mass shootings and violence. And one question comes to mind. Why – What are the motives behind mass shootings and answers to end abuse and violence?
The topic of this blog and an upcoming book titled “Why Abuse.”
I wrote “6 mass shootings in 6 months – what are the motives and answers” months ago. At the time, I was reluctant to publish the controversial post.
However, the recent mass shooting, and bazaar news story of two schoolgirls in Florida who wanted to murder classmates and drink their blood. And kill themselves to be with Satan, brought this post to mind again. – Let’s talk.
Related News Stories:
- Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue
- 2 girls plotted to stab classmates to death and drink their blood
The Epidemic of Mass Shootings and Violence
According to the “Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012,” signed into law on January 14, 2013. The “term mass killings mean 3 or more killings (excluding the perpetrator) in a single incident, and occurring in a place of public use.”
According to data from “Mother Jones” investigation, we witnessed one mass shooting “every month” since the beginning of 2018.
We’ve seen children killing children in two mass school shootings, a gunman opening fire on a Waffle House, Veterans Home, Car Wash, and Newsroom.
The combined death toll, 43, and climbing higher as a mass stabbing attack occurred in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, June 30th, 2018.
After the shooting, nine people went to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. And investigators are still investigating “why” the suspect targeted these individuals.
Analyzing Actions for Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness
After each incident, professionals and citizens use scientific knowledge to research the perpetrator’s past. Searching for motives, they analyze actions and mental status for signs and symptoms of mental illness. In some cases, there were no warning signs (red flags) or prior history of mental illness.
Research data on mass shootings cite a history of;
- Erratic and Behavioral Problems
- Psychopathic Tendencies
- Severe Mental Disorders
- Violent Behavior
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Childhood Abuse
Research and Analysis of Mass Shootings
The Psychology of Science
Over the years, the psychology of science has become the “go-to” source for discovering the motives and identifying the cause of abuse and violence.
Many believe (trust) in the diagnostic analysis approach for researching, identifying and diagnosing mental disorders (most cited cause of abuse and violence). And rely on the healing abilities of medication to fix a wide variety of mental and mood disorders.
According to Psych Central;
Mental disorders are characterized by problems that people experience with their mind and their mood. They are not well understood in terms of their causes, but the symptoms of mental illness are scientifically valid and well known.
Moreover, the list of mental health disorders and conditions is extensive and covers a broad range of categories. Again, “they are not well understood in terms of their causes.” However, “the symptoms of mental illness are scientifically valid and well known.”
In other words, humanity doesn’t completely understand the causes of mental illness, but the symptoms are well known. The visible symptoms are noted and categorized into a new “holy bible of psychiatric disorders.” And the list grows with each new printing.
I have a question.
How can you successfully diagnose and treat a mental health disorder when you don’t understand the root cause?
If you don’t understand the root cause. You can’t resolve (heal) the source of the problem. Because you can’t be sure the diagnosis is correct and treatments are curing the root of the problem.
Having said that, Is it possible,
The New Mental Health Bible is a way to rationalize the sinful conditions of humanity?
The Psychology of Science
- Science of Psychology
- Psychology Definition, History, Methods and Facts (Encyclopedia Britannica)
- The Nature of Modern Science &Scientific Knowledge
- Mental Disorders & Conditions – DSM
- The New Mental Health Bible
What about the Real Holy Bible?
In searching for motives and answers for violence. It’s essential to discover what the “Real Holy Bible” (the Word of God) has to say about humanities problems.
After all, we are His creation.
And your belief in and perception of His truth is the key to solving the epidemic of abuse and violence.
The only other option is to analyze data. Believe we have mental health problems and can fix the situation ourselves. And having learned the hard way, those are band-aid fixes and not a wise choice!
Searching for Motives and Answers
It’s heartbreaking. Watching professionals and citizens search for motives and answers with scientific knowledge. Instead of seeking the Word God for wisdom and believing in His eternal truth.
Grievous to grasp the “cloak of deception” distorting physical, behavioral and mental conditions. And concealing the realities of humanities spiritual condition.
Society seems “unaware” of the spiritual condition. The mind, heart, and spirit of people who walk in darkness. And are the servant of sin and ruled and governed by the powers of darkness, Satan.
Many fail to comprehend the nature of sin. And trust in Jesus Christ, the Son of God as the “only” solution for healing and salvation.
Related Post: Meaning of Walking in Darkness
The Nature of Sin
Years ago, I thought sin was something you did (murder, kill, steal and others) or didn’t do. In this context, sin was only an “act.” Something you choose, can opt-out of and have “the power to control and fix.”
I was “unaware” sin was foreign to the mind, heart, and spirit. That sin came from an outside source. And can attack and govern a person’s heart, thoughts, and actions in life.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 KJV
I didn’t know sin was a violation of God’s moral law. That sin entered the world through disobedience. And opened humanities eyes to the knowledge of good and evil. And that;
We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 KJV
Bible Study Dictionary
Living in the Darkness
In the darkness, humanity wrestles against the prince of the power of the air, the devil or Satan. The prince of the power of the air. The devil or Satan is the father of lies, rebellion and iniquity of sin against God’s moral way of living.
He is a master of “psychological manipulation.” And perverting God’s divine wisdom and eternal truth. He roams about the earth as a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour.
His primary purpose is to rob, kill, steal and destroy everything God created for good. He seeks to be God and to rule God’s creation. The devil or Satan, once the most beautiful angel in heaven became the enemy of God. And His creation (humanity)!
Blinded to the Truth
I became blinded to the real truth. The attacks of sin come from an outside source. The prince of the power of the air, the devil or Satan, and sin “permeates the mind, heart, and spirit of humanity.”
And together these components. The heart, mind, and spirit. Are the driving force behind a person’s beliefs, motives, behaviors, and actions in life.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23 KJV
More importantly, you live in darkness and become a slave to sin. And the byproduct (consequence) of sin results in a morally corrupt heart. Perverse thinking, dysfunctional mindset, unlawful behaviors, and immoral actions.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1 28-32 KJV
The Consequences of Living in the Darkness of Sin
In the final analysis, I unknowingly lived in the darkness of sin. As a result, I had a dysfunctional mindset (reprobate), and altered spiritual condition (dead). And became governed by the rulers and powers of the darkness (sin) for twenty-two years.
In addition, it was an “altered spiritual condition” (dead – not alive as created by God in the beginning). And a physical battle (sin – against the powers of darkness). All humanity is born into due to the disobedience of the first man (Adam) and woman (Eve).
Altered Spiritual Condition (Characteristic – The Black Flags)
- The eyes are blinded to the truth by the iniquity of sin.
- The heart is ruled, inflicted and defiled by the iniquity of sin.
- The mind is corrupted, inflicted, polluted and dominated by the evil of sin.
- The spirit is dead in the trespasses of sin.
- The motives governed by the controlling powers of Satan (the father of sin).
- The actions drove and regulated by the iniquity of sin.
Never grasped the necessity of having my blinded eyes opened to the truth of God’s Word. Turning from darkness to light. The need for transformation from the power of Satan unto God. And receiving forgiveness of sins.
When you trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Your heart becomes cleansed of the iniquity of sin. And your body becomes filled with the Holy Spirit, the power of life. You are not the same “dead” person anymore. And in time God will destroy the mental strongholds the adversary has over you.
What Are the Motives Behind Mass Shootings, Abuse, and Violence?
As shown above, the motives for mass shootings, abuse and violence become evident to individuals whose eyes see the truth of God’s Word. People who trust in Jesus Christ (the way, the truth, and the light) for salvation and walk in the light.
To sum up, the causes or motives is SIN (rebellion against God) plain and simple.
Ultimately mankind fails to believe in the truth – Jesus Christ. In reality, humanity relies on scientific knowledge, self-diagnosis, and self-made resolutions. For this reason, these band-aid fixes will never solve the epidemic of sin.