The ‘missing link’ to school violence?

Commentary by Ken Ham

April 29, 1999

The teaching of evolution in public schools has fostered an environment that leads many students to believe that there is little or no meaning to life. Evolutionary indoctrination declares that we are only animals in the struggle for survival. This has created a mindset in many of our young people that life lacks purpose.

While the bankrupt theory of evolution does not directly lead to horrible school violence like Littleton, I would argue that if students were told instead that there is a Creator, who has a purpose and a meaning for His Creation, then this cannot help but give young people some meaning to their lives. It’s not surprising that teen suicide, for example, has grown proportionately to the increased teaching of evolution.

Unfortunately, many church leaders have found it difficult to respond with answers as to why tragedies like school violence and teen suicide occur. Last year, after a school shooting in Oregon, a pastor was quoted as saying, ‘I don’t have answers and I can’t find them in the Bible, but I do know that God has not moved out of Springfield.’ Although the pastor emphasized God’s love, much more needs to be said about such tragedies, and the Bible does provide answers.

Sin is the ultimate cause of these tragedies (Romans 3:23). Until people are prepared to accept the literal event of Adam’s fall, they will not understand why we see so much evil around us. You see, if our students were simply told that God is a God of love, then they can’t reconcile why He would allow such terrible violence. To understand that sin is the ultimate cause of the problem is also to understand that the blame lies with you and me—with everyone. We all sin in Adam (Romans 5)—that’s why there is death and violence in the world. Collectively, it is our fault!

The same public education system that is looking for answers to such tragedies is teaching students that they are just evolved animals, and that there is no absolute authority and no such thing as sin. Some students—who are brainwashed in evolution—believe that life is all about death, violence, and bloodshed because, after all, these are the processes by which they evolved.

Until our nation allows God to be the absolute authority, and accepts the Bible as truth (beginning with its teaching of the fall in Genesis), then violence, suicide, murder, and all manner of evil will continue to proliferate in our school systems.

Ken Ham,
Answers in Genesis

Published: 9 February 2006