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This week past, 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia opened fire with a .223 caliber Smith & Wesson assault rifle, leaving one LAX TSA agent dead and others, including an unwary traveler, badly wounded.
So intent upon killing one of the officers during his rampage last Friday, the alleged gunman Ciancia returned to his victim and fired again when he noticed the wounded individual still moving.
The left took to the blogosphere and Twitter-land almost immediately, imputing the shooter’s own evil to the inanimate object – the weapon – intent on promoting their hackneyed anti-gun platitudes, as one would expect.
Almost before the gun smoke had cleared, others began to speculate, as is not unreasonable in this era of repeated Islamic terrorism, that this was another act of jihad.
Rational individuals, as is the custom, took the wait-and-see approach, allowing the details to emerge and the truth to present itself.
All of the above are simply the manner in which the world works today.
While speculation has and shall continue to abound, it appears that an almost overlooked and barely mentioned aspect of the killer’s possible motive seems quite possibly to be what can be characterized as “bad eschatology.”
Eschatology, generally speaking, deals with events and actors associated with the “end of the world,” so-called. Should this turn out to be the case in the LAX shooting, it is certainly NOT without precedent.
Both the Ruby Ridge deaths and Branch Davidian massacre were underscored by the belief that the government is part of the “Antichrist’s one-world order,” a popular, yet theologically inaccurate, narrative many Christians believe is found in the Bible, when in fact it is not.
In a post on the Fox News Channel website it was reported that in Ciancia’s effects was found a note which amongst other things mentioned:
“‘…fiat currency’ and ‘NWO,’ possible references to the New World Order, a conspiracy theory that foresees a totalitarian one-world government.”
The “fiat currency” citation is predicated upon an anticipated “soon coming” collapse of the world’s financial systems. While the NWO (New World Order) reference is based on the view that a charismatic, yet wholly nefarious, global leader – who misguided theologians have dubbed the “Antichrist” – will also soon make himself known to the world and to rule over a seven year period known as the “great tribulation.”
Although these principles are totally foreign to the text of the Bible, an alarming number of Christians, sadly, promote them as biblical in their pop-eschatology, make-a-quick-buck paperbacks and televised pulpit diatribes.
Whatever the actual motives of this act of terrorism turn out to be, the point that many of the faithful completely miss is that ideas become actions, and those ideas have consequences – always!