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JOHN PEARRELL: Only God can prevent society's downward spiral into violence

According to a Joel Rosenberg post, there were 18 mass murder events in the U.S. in 2012. In each case, one of the first questions that is asked is "Where was God?" This is a part of the tragedy, I think one of the major contributing factors.

Since the beginning of time, mankind has insisted that God leave us alone and let us decide for ourselves what we think is best for us. We want the right to define good and bad, and we have become very flexible in our definitions of what is good or bad, right or wrong of late.

We insist upon being left alone, and then when we are, we cry out, "Where is God?"

In 1859, Charles Darwin published his book, "The Origin of the Species," which advanced the theory of naturalistic evolution. Darwin and those who followed him insisted that through evolution we had a closed system of life in which God was neither needed nor welcomed.

Despite what people claim, evolution is not a science as much as it is a philosophical approach to life.

Science, by definition, has certain laws which define it. Two of the main pillars of scientific discovery are: it has to be observable and it has to be repeatable.

The process of evolution has never been observed and intelligent scientific men have never been able to create a condition in which they can repeat what they claim happened by chance -- the complexity of the life mix is just too great.

The sad part of all this is that while scientists today admit the fallacy of the Darwinian model to their colleagues, having scrapped it in favor of a theory called "punctuated equilibrium" in which life forms suddenly (and according to them) and spontaneously (sounds a lot like creation if you ask me), they still foist the old model on the uninitiated for fear that questioning it might lead one to discover truth.

But the goal of Darwin, and all evolutionists is still the same: explain the natural universe without any need of supernatural intervention.

Picking up on Darwin's work, a young seminary student become atheistic philosopher, Frederick Nietzsche, wrote a work entitled "The Gay Science" and in section 125 of that work, in the section he called "The Madman," Nietzsche talks about the death of God.

He writes, "God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?"

Nietzsche claimed that mankind did not need God to help him define his morals; but that a superman of men could decide what was right or wrong, and that is exactly what Adolph Hitler set out to do: With Darwin's book in one hand and Nietzsche's in the other (literally), he developed the idea of the super race, and Nazi Germany was born.

We all know the horrors of that time period.

Neitzsche, by the way, warned that, once God was dead -- whether in reality or at least how mankind lived their lives -- that the next generation would be "the bloodiest generation in history." He was right. Historians tell us that the 20th century was the bloodiest century to date.

We, however, are on the fast track to make the 21st century even bloodier.

We have worked very hard to remove God from public view for about six decades. I have to ask you America, how has that worked for us?

John Pearrell is pastor of Gateway Community Church in Covington. For more information, visit the www.gatewaycommunity.org.