Saturday of the Third Week of Easter
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Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you?”
They were highly intelligent. Dzhokhar was a diligent student who dreamed of becoming a great doctor. He was registered as a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He was even awarded a $2,500 city scholarship toward college two years ago. Tamerlan was married. His wife was half Portuguese and half-Italian. It has been reported that she converted to Islam in order to appease her boyfriend. Now, her family states that “she never really knew him.”
The Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, were not loners. On the contrary, they loved to hang out with people and party all night long. In fact, the day after they planted two bombs that killed three people and injured over 150, they sent nonchalant twitter messages and spent some time at a party.
The two fit in so well with the rest of America. Dzhokhar was even naturalized an American citizen on September 11th, 2012. No one ever suspected them to be Islamic terrorists.
Are you shocked?
Given the news we have heard on the Boston Marathon bombers, it appears as though neither of these two individuals were mentally ill, socially inept, or economically disadvantaged. Does this shock you?
So, the question everyone is asking is: What was wrong with them? Why in the world would they want to kill hundreds of innocent people? Why in the world would they take their talents and knowledge and wish to do grave evil with them?
This morning I spoke to a woman who was very grateful for modern technology. She credits it with saving her husband’s life. She said to me, “Technology is wonderful!” I was about to agree with her, but then I corrected myself and said, “If used in the right way.”
Educated people will not save our world. Holy people will. We don’t need more educated people. We need more holy people. Does this shock you?
Science and technology are wonderful, and people market them as if they were some sort of god. But in the hands of spiritually dead (or ill) people, technology and science become extremely dangerous. Does this shock you?
Well, “intelligent” people will not save us or our world. Holy people will. And to be more specific, people who live like Jesus Christ will.
Does this shock you? It shouldn’t!
There were many things that Christ said and did that shocked “the hell” out of people and out of this world. He was on to something.
Does this shock you? It shouldn’t by now. It should be common knowledge, especially in the face of so much evil.