The first degree murders in Boston, Paris, San Bernadino, Brussels, Istanbul airport, Orlando, Dallas, Nice and Baton Rouge are a sign of his handiwork. The Father of Lies has been angry at the God, the Author of Life since before the universe and he continues to use those with poorly formed consciences as his pawns.1,2
Sadly, we see more and more falling prey to his message of hate and revenge. Those who so wantonly despise and execute anyone who believes differently are not on a holy mission. The perpetrators of the police deaths forget that revenge belongs to God.3
Jihadists and police murderers should recall that their virulently negative emotions are not from God, but from the one who allowed pride to throw away his spot in eternal happiness. But, perhaps I’m assuming too much on their behalf.
So, I ask them, on whose side do they want to be for now and, more importantly, for eternity?
1 – ”Satan or the devil and the other demons are fallen angels who have freely refused to serve God and his plan. Their choice against God is definitive. They try to associate man in their revolt against God.” Paragraph 414 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 25th printing; November, 2013.
2 – “The education of the conscience is a lifelong task. From the earliest years, it awakens the child to the knowledge and practice of the interior law recognized by conscience. Prudent education teaches virtue; it prevents or cures fear, selfishness and pride, resentment arising from guilt, and feelings of complacency, born of human weakness and faults. The education of the conscience guarantees freedom and engenders peace of heart.” Paragraph 1784, Ibid.
3 – “Beloved, do not look for revenge, but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 13:19) from The New Catholic Answer Bible, Fireside Catholic Publishing; Wichita, KS, 2005.