Oslo Tragedy

Anders Behring Breivik a name  unknown to the world, just this weekend, became an global headline.

Anders is responsible for the deaths of  over 90 people after he bombed a central area of the Oslo CBD(killing 7), then proceded to gain access to an island where a summer youth camp was being held. Here he shot and killed at least 84 people.

This is truly a dark event, one that will not soon be forgotten (I will indeed be keeping all involved in my thoughts and prayers), but after this atrocity was perpetrated what was he labeled?  Terrorist? insane?  No, he has been freely labeled a “Christian Fundamentalist” by officials and by the media.

After hearing of this I did some digging, in that short amount of time I discovered that he has ties to the Neo-Nazi movement, he was a prominent freemason, was baptised into a Protestant church at the age of fifteen, but later, in 2009 posted the following statement online…

“Today’s Protestant church is a joke. Priests in jeans who march for Palestine and churches that look like minimalist shopping centres. I am a supporter of an indirect collective conversion of the Protestant church back to the Catholic.”

The significance of his statement coupled with the event and the aforementioned media response blew me away.

See, my mind went straight back to September 11 2001, the first large-scale “Terrorist attack” which sparked all kinds of talk about the “War on Terror”. Terrorism was the buzzword, however, slowly that was replaced in the media and public consciousness by terms like “Fundamentalist organizations” or “Islamic Fundamentalism”.

Now we see another move in focus, with this new, horrific event, the taget comes closer to ‘home’. Is Mr Breivic called a Neo-Nazi Freemason? no, he is called a “Christian Fundamentalist” apparently grouping fundamentalist Christianity with terrorist actions.

As a Seventh-day Adventist Christian I believe the Bible foretells this shift. Where the world begins to view Christians in a dangerous light. All that has to happen is for the definition of “Fundamentalist Christianity” to move in a different direction and the events foretold in the book of Revelation could jolt into motion.

How significant this particular event will be, I am not sure, but what I am quite sure of, is that this is another brick in the wall, using the devilish deeds of very unchristian people who profess faith in Christ to reshape the world’s perception of actual Bible-based Christianity.

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