Massacre in Oslo – Was a Christian Behind It?

July 23, 2011 at 12:13 PM 4 comments

By now, everyone likely knows of the massacre that occurred yesterday in Norway.  First, an explosion in which about 10 people were killed, then the same man who is said to have perpetrated that act went on a shooting rampage at a nearby youth camp, killing at least 80 people…so far.

The suspect was quickly captured and interestingly enough, he had a Facebook page (that has since been removed) in which he had virtually no friends, no history, and no interests.  However, he did say that he had 14,500 hours in college and that he is a “right-winger” and a “Christian.”

First, let me say that my heart goes out to the people in Oslo.  I cannot imagine experiencing something so devastating as this.  To lose friends and loved ones in such a horrific act of violence is not only unbelievable, but unconscionable.  It is a cowardly act to be sure.  I am praying for survivors and families of loved ones who died in this exceedingly selfish act.

Though this took place mere hours ago, because the gunman stated on his Facebook page that he was a right-winger and a Christian, people are making the connection that anyone who is a right-wing conservative and/or Christian is likely to go whacko and start shooting.

So do we simply believe this guy because he SAYS that he is a right-winger and a Christian?  No one who is an authentic Christian would do what this madman did.  No one.

There are many people who call themselves Christian, but that does not make it so.  The world seems to think that you can put on or take off Christianity at will, because it is something that a person simply does.  A person who claims to be a Christian follows a prescribed way of life.  The world – though Jesus is clear about this in John 3 and other places – gives no notice to the idea that becoming a Christian means a supernatural rebirth (John 3), or a birth from above.  Being born again means the Holy Spirit comes to indwell the believer.  This is what separates every other religion from Christianity because the true Christian is one from the inside out, whereas in every other religion, a person is one from the outside in.  There is a huge difference.

But I noticed a number of other things in doing some research on this situation, as sketchy as it is at this point.  Apparently, the gunman was dressed to give the impression that he was a police officer.

Sponheim said the camp shooter “wore a sweater with a police sign on it. I can confirm that he wasn’t a police employee and never has been.” [1]

I find it interesting that he was acting as if he was a police officer, yet no one is saying “See?  Looney police are at it again!

If he could pretend to be a police officer, he could pretend to be a Christian or anything.  Chances are good that he HATES Christians and wanted them blamed for this massacre.

The reality is that we may be starting to see a Nero-inspired “blame the Christian” end game here.  I frankly would not put it past Islamists or anyone who hates Christianity to do that.  We know from Scripture that the end times (which we are in) are going to become severely difficult for Christians.  It’s happening.

This madman was no more a Christian than was Hitler.  Both may have been religious to some extent, but simply saying a person is a Christian does not cut it.  In fact, Hitler was clearly and factually deeply involved in the Occult.  None of this will give liberals and leftheads a reason to reconsider their faulty gibberish.


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Jesus…the Human One The Oslo, Norway Massacre and the Wheat and the Tares


  • 1. Jonas  |  July 25, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Not a Christian, you say? This sounds like a classic “no true Scotsman” argument.

    • 2. modres  |  July 25, 2011 at 9:20 AM

      You’ve actually proven the point of my post about the way the world views Christianity and Christians. They see no validity in the Wheat and the Tares in spite of Jesus’ careful explanation.

      A person born in Scotland is a Scot whether he/she wants to be or not. You’re comparing apples to oranges.

      A person who is an authentic Christian MUST experience a spiritual rebirth.

      The same gunman who claims to be a Christian also tried to pass himself off as a police officer. I don’t see you arguing that he WAS a police officer simply because he wore a badge that SAID he was one.

      It is more appealing for you to believe that an actual Christian could have done this because it provides you a reason to discount Christianity.

  • 3. Simon  |  July 24, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    Further to the point, don’t the KKK also call themselves Christians? I think that people in Norway have to be equally careful that they don’t allow one crazy gunman as an excuse to put a muzzle on legitimate discussion on Muslim immigration and the rest.

  • 4. Nelson Swiger Jr.  |  July 23, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Thanks Fred completely agree with you and thought the same.

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