Why did God allow the Sandy Hook school shootings?

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One of the questions that Christians struggle with and are often unable to answer is why God allows horrible tragedies such as the recent murderous shootings in Newtown, Connecticut? How do we as Christians process this? How do we square this with a loving God? Why would He allow this to happen? Why didn’t He prevent it? Can we blame God for all of the many problems in this troubled world?

The Bible says that Satan is “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:3 2 Corinthians 4:3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
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) who has been “a murderer from the beginning.” He is to blame for all of the problems of this world, including murder. He is the real enemy of all mankind, not human beings (Ephesians 6:12 Ephesians 6:12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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All human beings are victims of Satan’s hatred of God and His plan, and Satan takes out his anger and frustration on human beings in the form of killing by crime and murder. He often takes advantage of troubled human beings to carry out his evil schemes.

So why doesn’t God stop him? Why didn’t He just get rid of him even before He created Adam and Eve? Why has he allowed Satan to hang around all this time, causing so much pain, suffering and grief?

Nobody can presume to speak for God, nor do we need to defend Him. To answer these questions, we’ve got to understand the long-term plan of God. It’s a plan that extends beyond this life into eternity.

He created us as free moral agents who have to make choices in life. He wants us to choose to obey Him from the heart. He wants us to enthusiastically love and cherish His values and standards, which are based on two overriding principles —loving Him with all our hearts and loving others as much as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:35-40 Matthew 22:35-40 35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
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But the history of mankind reveals that human beings ever since Adam and Eve have made the wrong choices. They’ve sought to live their own way instead of God’s way. So God has progressively backed off and allowed mankind to suffer the consequences of turning their back on Him.

The only way that man will ever be ready and willing to live God’s way from the heart is to learn the hard way. We have to learn from the tragic consequences of living by man’s way, especially under Satan’s influence. It has to be bad enough for the lesson to sink in. Otherwise, some could say, “Well it isn’t really that bad.”

But that doesn’t mean that victims of violence are evil people that God has singled out to punish. Jesus made this point about a massacre that occurred in His day: “Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too” (Luke 13:1-5 Luke 13:1-5 1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said to them, Suppose you that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think you that they were sinners above all men that dwelled in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.
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Many innocent victims—including Christians—since the beginning of history have died as martyrs, whose shed blood documents the evils of this world under Satan’s influence (Genesis 4:10 Genesis 4:10And he said, What have you done? the voice of your brother’s blood cries to me from the ground.
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, Matthew 23:34-35 Matthew 23:34-35 34 Why, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall you whip in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom you slew between the temple and the altar.
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, Revelation 6:9-11 Revelation 6:9-11 9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brothers, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
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In the famous Olivet prophecy, Jesus said that that world conditions would eventually get so bad that no one would be left alive “unless those days were shortened” but He promised that “for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:22 Matthew 24:22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
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That’s the bad news. The good news is that God plans to bring all of mankind back to life in a world free of the dangers, suffering, wars and violence that is rampant in today’s world. Those little children that were savagely murdered will live again and have the opportunity to be reunited with their parents and live a full life in peace and safety in a world where war and crime will no longer exist.