Paul's Passing Thoughts

Extreme Murder is No Big Mystery

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 4, 2017

ppt-jpeg4Unfortunately, no venue feeds our propensity to be lazy thinkers more than the mental health profession. Once we concede that a person can catch a cold mentally, we can bypass the hard work of pondering by merely declaring a perpetrator “crazy.” In lesser crimes against humanity on the level of being simply annoying, a handy shortcut is the declaration that one is “stupid,” and of course, “You can’t fix stupid.” That was easy.

And, since mental health is such a complex and deep subject that must be researched by so-called experts until the second coming, we slap the “crazy” label on people while conceding that we will never know why they did what they did. “Simplistic” answers are rejected out of hand for a simple label of complexity.

In regard to why a man murdered 58 people at a music concert in Las Vegas, the big-picture answer may be a short one, but not necessarily simple. The Bible states that mankind is plagued by sin, and that sin is driven by desires. The stated paramount desire that primarily drives sin is CONTROL.

As a former pastor in the institutional church who counseled my share of married couples, a complaint often heard about one’s spouse was, “He/she is a control freak.” It never computed in my mind although I had read the words describing the concept in Scripture hundreds of times. I dismissed the complaint as run of the mill demagoguery.
Sin can produce all kinds of desires within individuals. A great deal of what people do is driven by desire. In other words, people do what they do because they often want to. People have sex with animals because they desire to do so; yet, it’s probably a bad idea and not really very normal.

Why is homosexuality and bestiality so prevalent in some cultures? It starts with a desire for sex (which in fact is a natural desire) coupled with misogyny. If women are deemed second class citizens in a culture, it stands to reason that there will be a shortage of them leading to alternative fulfillment for sexual desire. On this point, it is apt to point out another element of sin described in the Bible: it is unreasonable and illogical. In the Bible, and in contrast, righteousness is often associated with reason and sound judgement.

Let’s take rape as another example. Here, you have two working desires: a desire for sexual fulfillment and a desire to control or master someone. It’s really not all that complicated. Determining factors that lead to certain desires within certain people can be a complex study, but not the basic concept. And certainly, you may add a possible hatred for women in the mix as well (emotions leading to a desire to punish as a distorted view of justice).

When a person does what was done in Vegas, it’s a sinful brew of desires, emotions, and logic. Often, ideology is just an excuse to fulfill sinful desires. I don’t believe many ISIS members are truly committed to the ideology, I believe it is a means/excuse for fulfilling sinful desires.

We might want to add the following as well: Sinful desires seem to believe that they have a right to be fulfilled, and the denial of their fulfillment will often lead to retaliation.

Also, according to the Bible, the practice of continually fulfilling these desires leads to the intensifying of the given desire. The intensity of the desire becomes so strong that the person cannot say “no” to it under any circumstances. This is where we get “addictions” and “serial” this, that, or the other.

The Bible has something else to say about sin; somehow, it is able to use God’s law to create sinful desires within people. This is the unsaved person. This is the person “born under law” (the biblical note that Jesus was born under law refers to His humanity). When a person is saved by believing on Christ, sin can still use the law to create sinful desires, but the saved person is able to say “no” to the sin and decline for the right motive. The ability to do so is increased by the application and practice of biblical wisdom.

This is because somehow, according to the Bible, sin’s ability to enslave depends on the law’s ability to condemn. Hence, Christ died for our sins and eleminated the law’s ability to condemn which also strips sin of its ability to enslave.

In addition, the new birth (salvation) changes the person’s affections towards God’s word/truth/law/Bible. Instead of something that condemns and is dreaded, it is now seen as a wealth of wisdom for loving God and others. It enables the believer to say “no” to sinful desires and control the body. We call this, “sanctification.”


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  1. Susan said, on October 4, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    “When a person does what was done in Vegas, it’s a sinful brew of desires, emotions, and logic. Often, ideology is just an excuse to fulfill sinful desires. I don’t believe many ISIS members are truly committed to the ideology, I believe it is a means/excuse for fulfilling sinful desires.”

    Paul, I think we are all struggling to comprehend and understand what happened in Las Vegas. The story that is being told in the media and by law enforcement doesn’t add up. Multiple inconsistencies and ongoing revisions. I honestly don’t know what Steven Paddock was — an innocent patsy, a member of the deep state or an alphabet agency, a drug induced mental health situation, a radicalized jihadist or something else entirely.

    I absolutely agree with you about a sinful brew of desires, emotions and logic. I’m just not sure if it is Paddock alone or Paddock at all. We are being told what we are being told. Then read alternative news. There may be some occult stuff going on here — like the pyramid hotel and the sphinx over looking the concert venue — and the murders may have been a “blood sacrifice” to the demonic/ satanic. And as I see it, this is the face of evil.


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 5, 2017 at 4:20 AM

      Right, Trump hater, or ISIS? I believe it’s one of those 2. We will see eventually.


      • Susan said, on October 6, 2017 at 1:59 PM

        Paul, Investment Watch Blog is reporting that Steven Paddock and his girl-friend were seen at an anti-Trump rally in Nevada. (Pictures included along with some other interesting information.) If true, it is simply astounding to me that there are folks who hate a US President so vehemently that they would kill approx. 60 people and injure another 600 (or thereabout). But who knows if any of what we are being fed is true.


      • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 6, 2017 at 2:17 PM

        Susan, I have been following this and it is also reported that he made an ISIS video. Due to the fact that the most reliable info thus far points to a goal of people numbers alone regardless of labels other than “American,” the latter is looking most likely. Or, is he just a modern version of the university tower snipers of the 60s? Or, the 2 guys who were randomly sniping people in the 80s?


      • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 6, 2017 at 2:22 PM

        …at any rate, if a solid connection is made to ISIS, Katy bar the door because I think Trump will wage a full press war against ISIS that will make the hair stand up on your head.


      • Susan said, on October 6, 2017 at 7:41 PM

        I wonder if that is what the President’s cryptic remark about the “calm before the storm” means. They (as in local and federal law enforcement) must know what actually happened. I have been following the story too, and like I said, what is being reported just isn’t making sense. Steven Paddock, an out of shape 64 year old, did not somehow miraculously become Jason Bourne. I do not trust the media at all. I have an uneasy feeling that something is coming — don’t know what — but something evil. As bad as the concert massacre was, I don’t think it was the “something wicked this way comes” event. ISIS likely has sleeper cells in the United States ready and waiting to be activated. If they engage a wave of terrorism across America, I would not want to be a Muslim (peaceful or not) living here. The populace is well-armed and will not tolerate these sorts of attacks.


      • John said, on October 7, 2017 at 5:15 AM

        Jason Bourne? That’s funny, Susan (despite the tragedy).

        Where I’m from (down south), the government once planted bombs and blamed and framed the “enemy” for it. As true as Burger King’s sodas are way too big.


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