In the aftermath of the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, a picture of just who killer Adam Lanza was is starting to surface. And based on the early reports, it’s possible that he was on a dark road that opened him up to a host of evil spiritual influences.
Was Adam Lanza A Satan Worshiper?
The UK Daily Mail first broke the story:
The Sandy Hook gunman worshiped the devil and had an online page dedicated to Satan, a former classmate revealed, as his childhood barber recalls Adam Lanza never spoke and would stare at the floor every time he had his hair cut.
Lanza’s worshiping page had the word ‘Devil’ written in red, Gothic-style letters against a black background, Trevor L. Todd told The National Enquirer, something which he said was ‘weird’ and ‘gave him the chills’.
The FBI are trying to piece together his smashed up hard drive to see if his online footprint will reveal any motive for the killing, but they strongly believe he made use of devil-worshiping and suicide sites and boasted of his murder plans on message forums. (source)
The Bible is clear that dabbling in the occult or any practices involving Satan is a clear sin and should be avoided:
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. – Deuteronomy 18:10-12.
God made such strong restrictions against these activities because they ultimately lead to contacting demons and fallen angels who are a part of Satan’s network in the spirit realm. These are beings far older, more powerful and deceptive than humans understand. And their main goal is to destroy humanity and bring as many people away from The Lord as possible. Jesus Christ said of Satan: ” He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44).
The Death Culture of Violent Video Games
But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. - Proverbs 8:36.
For hours on end, alone in his windowless basement den, Adam Lanza studied photos of guns and obliterated virtual victims in violent video games — until the virtual became a reality.
The unhinged Sandy Hook Elementary School gunman was enthralled by blood-splattering, shoot-’em-up electronic games, which he played in the basement of his mother’s spacious $1.6 million home in Newtown, Conn., according to a person familiar with the layout.
Lanza, 20, especially liked “Call of Duty” — a wartime role-playing game where participants use high-powered assault rifles, machine guns and other weapons to slaughter scores of people, according to a published report. (source)
As Beginning and End detailed in our article on the video game Lucius (where you play the role of the Antichrist), many video games today our flooding the minds of children, youth and adults with ultra-violent imagery, graphic death and dismemberment and a reward system that is solely based on “kill count” – the total amount of people you can murder in a given game. “Call of Duty”, a first person view, military game in which players kill hundreds of virtual enemies per sitting, using high powered assault rifles, is one of the most popular games in the death culture genre. And according to reports, Lanza was obsessed with it, spending hours every day in the basement of his mother’s house playing the virtual shooting game. Success in the video game is entirely based on the maximum people you can kill – and who, in very high detailed graphics, have limbs fly off, blood splatter and other gruesome images flashing on the screen at a rapid rate.
When a person is already in sinful rebellion of the occult and then immersing themselves in violent fantasies of killing for hours each day, the potential for evil spiritual influence is even greater. If these reports are true, Lanza was setting himself up each day for something more sinister to take place. The Bible teaches that sin is a downward spiral, getting worse as the person continues in sin with no repentance and no regard for The Lord. The Book of James describes the ultimate end of this process:
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. – James 1:14-15.
The final piece of news is that Adam Lanza is that he may have possibly been on psychotropic drugs. In our article on these drugs and school shootings, we detail the numerous assailants in these mass murders who were on psychotropic drugs at the time. According to news reports, Lanza was taking medication for Asperger syndrome since age 10. Jennifer Huettner, Lanza’s teacher for three years, also confirmed that he had Asperger syndrome. Though it is not clear if and what treatment he had during the time of the shooting.
The human heart, on its own is home to the sin nature that all people posses. Jeremiah 17 says: ” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” This is why protecting one’s mind and life from evil influences is so important. It is impossible to point to one specific aspect of Lanza’s life as the reason for his killing spree. But there is no question that strong forces of evil were at work in his heart that led to sinful desires which he unfortunately yielded to. If a person continues in sin and tried to contact or channel demonic forces, they can and will eventually overtake the person and lead to any manner of atrocity.
What can be pointed to is the one solution for the human heart: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. continue in prayer for the victims of this shooting tragedy and for those who may be considering committing a homicidal spree themselves right now. Pray for the hearts of future Adam Lanzas and all people who are at odds with the Lord to resist the Devil and seek peace and true joy in Jesus Christ. Many people are hurting, suffering and feel neglected. And reaching them with the Gospel cannot only save their souls eternally but it could also potentially spare the lives of others.