So, the shooting at Sandy Hook in Connecticut in December 2012 happened, and the gunman was Adam Lanza. A second after scouring the news, someone yells, “That guy is pure EVIL!! WHAT THE HECK WAS HE THINKING WHEN HE KILLED ALL THOSE KIDS AND TEACHERS!?” Then in April 2013 the bombs explode during the Boston Marathon, leaving many injured and three climbing the stairway to heaven. The bombers are brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Someone cries out, “THOSE GUYS ARE PURE EVIL! WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?”
Exactly–what precisely were they thinking? That they were evil and reigned (or rotted) in hell? Police investigated and found that Adam Lanza was suffering from anxiety and a sensory perception disorder; Dzhokar Tsarnaev was a saturnaliac, someone who loved to party and drugs. So what am I getting to? Whenever a tragedy like these events happen, it turns out that the person or people behind it aren’t evil, they are suffering. I understand evil on earth as bad things that happen because of suffering.
You’re probably saying, “But with the exception of Adolf Hitler…” Sure he caused a disaster among the Jews and the Nazis. However, people found out he was a coke head.
So when another bombing, shooting, or Holocaust happens, I approach things differently because of the reasons above. I pray for the bad guys so that they won’t go harming people here and there as they please.
I think you should too.