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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Cho Seung-Hui - Why He Did It

Everyone with a keyboard is going to speculate as to why he did it.
Everyone with a microphone is going to have an opinion.
Every media pundit is going to do an op ed piece on why he did it.
The list of possibilities is endless. Where does the fault lie?
Gun control advocates
A deprived childhood
A lost love
America’s Educational System
Lack of religion
Sexual repression
Law Enforcement
School Officials
The Media

As I said, the list could go on indefinitely.

The truth is, there is only one answer that really gets to the root of why Cho Seung-Hui did what he did. Anger.

All senseless acts of violence are the result of anger.

Peel back all the layers underneath that loner’s stoic appearance, and you’ll find a spirit of anger. Dig deep into the mind of any serial killer, murderer, rapist, suicide bomber, assailant, sniper, assassin, etc. and you’ll find a common denominator.

The Bible is full of warnings about anger. We humans don’t deal with this emotion very well in most cases, which is why God gives us so many warnings and tells us to deal with it quickly and get rid of it. Jesus knew how evil the emotion of anger was. That is why he warned against it so strongly. “Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:” Matthew 5:21-22

Evidently, Seung-Hui never dealt with his anger. Probably didn’t know how to. So he let it consume him, guide him, and then destroy not only himself, but unsuspecting bystanders around him.

A lot of people I know have a spirit of anger. It is a reality in too many lives. They bury it the majority of the time, but occasionally it reveals itself as an ugly vicious creature from the deep, striking mercilessly and then disappearing quickly, leaving behind destruction in its path.
Anger is a destroyer. Anger destroys relationships. Anger destroys marriages. Anger causes pain and sickness. Anger is a tool of Satan. Anger is death.

Do you think to yourself, “I could never do anything so horrible.” Do you have a spirit of anger? A lot of people won't admit to it. Search yourself. You know if you do or not. If you do, then don’t be too quick to say you could never do anything so horrible. Anger, left to itself, seethes, grows, and eventually becomes bigger than its owner. At that point, it becomes the master, the destroyer.

If you have anger in your life, deal with it now. Ask God to help you overcome it before it overcomes you.

He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly:” Proverbs 14:17

It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.” Proverbs 21:19

Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:” Proverbs 22:24

An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.” Proverbs 29:22

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” Ecclesiastes 7:9

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” Ephesians 4:26

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:” Psalm 37:8

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.” Proverbs 15:18

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Proverbs 16:32

Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous” Proverbs 27:4

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:” Ephesians 4:31

Another reason we need God:

The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” Psalm 145:8

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At 9:29 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

hi there Ms Green..youre so right everyone will add their opinion and then what?..thanks for visitin my humble abode as well!.

At 7:28 AM, Anonymous ainelivia said...

Yes, its the root cause of the anger we need to deal with, individually or collectively. Nor do I believe that there are angry individuals and non-angry individuals.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger D.Daddio Al-Ozarka said...

Our society has eroded to the point where offensive behavior is viewed as normal.

No wonder so many people are teed off!

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

ainelivia, you said that you don't believe there are angry individuals and non-angry individuals. I would disagree with you. I know people who have a joyful spirit in spite of their circumstances, and I know people who have an angry spirit that rears its ugly head at every opportunity. And though there are reasons why people choose to be angry, the truth is they CHOOSE to be angry. We all have a choice in life in how we react to the world around us. Everyone, unfortunately, does not choose to react in a way that is beneficial to themselves and others. The root cause of one person's anger may be totally different from the root cause of another's anger.

Take two people and put them in identical situations and one will choose to react with rage or anger, and the other will choose to search for a positive way of handling the situation.

Sadly, Cho chose anger. The NBC story about the videos and writing he sent them says they were laced with angry comments and obsenities. Whatever demons were haunting him, he chose to deal with them in the wrong way.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to post a comment. You are welcome anytime.

At 9:41 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

Might I also point to demonic influence? I don't see them in every doorknob but anger just seems too... insufficient by itself. Something spoke to him inside... something that made a killing-spree seem a proportionate recompense for his anger.

Look at cutting in young people these days... it's always been around, but it's epidemic now. The only explanation I've heard is the internet and chat rooms for the spreading of this disturbing trend, but there's a spiritual aspect to every physical battle.

So while anger may well have been the seed that bore the fruit of 32 murders, demonic influence was certainly the other side of the coin.

[How do you maintain your composure in face of harsh criticism? I've lost that battle at my place]

At 11:12 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

E.L.Ashley, you do have a valid point. What Cho did was definitely demonic, in that the enemy is in every evil deed, whether great or small. The sad thing is that he hates the very ones who serve him, because he IS hate - the opposite of our God, who is love (I John 4:8).

As far as criticism, my personality type is such that most criticism doesn't phase me. I just consider the source.


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