This weekend cable news was filled with ‘professional psychologists’ who were trying to explain what exactly would cause a man to storm into a loaded movie theater and open fire on innocent bystanders. Because let’s be honest. No “normal” person would ever do such a thing. Right?
The problem is people are looking for psychologist to comfort their consciences.
They want to be reassured that whatever James Holmes did in Colorado, it was because he had issues, because he wasn’t normal.
That’s where the psychologists and their endless theories and speculations come in to play.
Takes these quotes from ABC News:
“In general, these people tend to be socially inept and alienated from the mainstream,” said Dr. Felipe Amunategui, an associate training director for child and adolescent psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.
“The thing to realize is that within [James Holmes] own thoughts, what he was doing was completely logical. To him, he was accomplishing something worth doing,” said Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center in Arlington, Va.
This is why the secular humanist must paint James Holmes as an oddity, and anything but ‘normal’. Because for the secular humanist, morality is defined by what is normal. If there were enough people like James Holmes, each doing “what was completely logical” and “worth doing” in their own mind…would that make mass theater rampages OK?
Without God humans have no morality. They have no objective standard for good, or evil. In the world of secular humanism, morality is defined by babbling psychotherapists…not on the objective nature of the Word of God.
The Psychologists say statements such as James Holmes was reclusive, socially awkward, and unusually intelligent. He had “all the warning signs of a psychopath, he was an oddity”
But the fact is that James Holmes was nothing more than a human being, and basic humanity is capable of great wickedness beyond what anyone could ever imagine.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5
If we cut off the TV, and tune out the rambling scientist and open up God’s Word, we will see what the secular humanist don’t want be reminded of. That is James Holmes was normal. He didn’t contain all the characteristics of a psychopath, instead he contained all the characteristics of someone who has been given over to their sin. James was perfectly normal. Evil to the core. Just like every single son of Adam that has ever walked the face of the earth. The only difference is that God removed his hand withholding hand of Grace from James Holmes and allowed him to act out against God’s objective standard of morality.
This is not a popular message to those who war against the complete rule of Christ. The humanists fight to the death for autonomy and shudder at the very idea that even their apparent goodness is only a result of God’s rule over them.
Let us be reminded that it is only because of the grace of God in allowing the Gospel to go forth, penetrate the hearts of men, disciple the nations, and thereby changing a countries moral worldview that makes this sort of behavior unusual.