With much of the country and the world reeling from the shock of the events that took place in Aurora, Colorado leaving 12 dead and 59 injured, the religious wing has recently jumped in with their opinion. An evangelical spokesperson for a religious group known as Truth in Action has claimed that the tragedy took place because America has lost its fear of Hell.
In an article written by evangelical Jerry Newcombe for OneNewsNow he wrote: “I can't help but feel that to some extent, we're reaping what we've been sowing as a society. We said to God, "Get out of the public arena." Lawsuit after lawsuit, often by misguided “civil libertarians,” has chased away any fear of God in the land -- at least in the hearts of millions.”
Perhaps more disturbing were Newcombe’s comments, on a segment on the American Family Association, dedicated to the understanding of the Colorado shooting tragedy. In talking about the deaths he separated the afterlife fate of those who died as Christians and those who did not. “If a Christian dies early, if a Christian dies young, it seems tragic, but really it is not tragic because they are going to a wonderful place. On the other hand, if a person doesn’t know Jesus Christ. If they knowingly rejected Jesus Christ, then, basically, they are going to a terrible place”.
While concluding his article he used the attack as an opportunity for people to embrace Christianity and avoid the fate of Hell. “For those who are not ‘in Christ’ and see this incredible tragedy, this would be a good time for soul reflection and consider why have you not accepted Jesus Christ. I would urge anyone who is not in Christ to repent of your sins”.
It is interesting to mention here that similar views were also expressed by Republican Gohmert of Texas when he said that the shootings are an outcome of "ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian Beliefs".