There have been many accounts in the news, seemingly at an increasing frequency, about human cannibalism. These news accounts spread on Facebook as jokes about the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. “It’s starting!” people say, as they share a link about the latest cannibalism incident.
The increased frequency of reporting in the news may be no more than trendy — there was an account of a case of Miami cannibalism by Rudy Eugene on May 26, 2012, that kick-started the reports. In the period after that, news accounts of cannibalism surfaced at an alarming rate.
Was the world coming to an end?
Other cases of cannibalism reported afterwards varied. Some were similar to Rudy’s, some were not similar at all. Some accounts were copied of Rudy’s; naked people attacking and “eating” the flesh of their victims.
Other cases weren’t like Rudy at all; they were more like serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, where the perpetrator was calculated and rather calm.
WITH MODERN MEDICINE AT A LOSS, INVESTIGATORS GRASP AT STRAWS
Modern medical science seems to be at a loss. There is much speculation about the causes of these incidents. The expectation was to find radical drugs in the bloodstream of the perpetrators that induced fantastic hallucinations that could explain the abberrant behavior.
In the case of Rudy Eugene, nothing except marijuana has been found in his bloodstream — not what mainstream science was looking for. In its absence, they speculate that the cause was a new drug whose chemical compound has not yet been identified. It must be something rational and explainable, so they grasp at straws.
CHRISTIANS CAN MAKE SENSE OF THESE HORRIFYING TRAGEDIES
How should Christians view these kinds of events? They are horrific, that much is true. The thought of what the victims must go through causes deep internal anxiety and pain.
It is helpful to think about this kind of thing within a Christian framework of interpretation. Modern rational science — though we could say it’s beginning to lose its mind — cannot account for these phenomena.
A Christian, Biblical worldview is built upon a series of presuppositions. Those presuppositions are founded upon four orthodox doctrine of the faith:
2) The Fall
3) The Incarnation
4) The Final Judgment
We begin with Creation. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. He did this by the power of his spoken word. He created all matter-energy from nothing. He is apart from Creation, meaning that God is not matter. Matter and energy are not of the same substance as God.
God created man in his image. Though we are made in God’s image, we are also NOT of the same substance as God. God is the ultimate source; we are derivatives, never able to cross the barrier between creature and Creator.
God, being the Creator, sustains His creation. All things that happen come to pass under His plan, despite that He is not responsible for sin. This idea can be tough for man to understand, but we are not supposed to.
Paul anticipated and broached this sticking point. He told us that it is not our place to question our maker (Romans 9:19-22). Just as we don’t understand how God created something from nothing by the power of His spoken word, we have no right as a creature to provide an answer. Some things will remain secrets, known only to God (Deuteronomy 29:29).
Man’s fall in the garden of Eden was ethical. Adam and Eve rebelled against God’s command. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the snake, which in turn is really just pointing fingers at the creation, which points back to God, the Creator of creation. Adam and Eve blamed God for their disobedience.
Because of their ethical rebellion, they were cursed. Not only were they cursed, but all of creation was cursed in response. Man rebelled willfully, not because of some short-coming in his being.
Because our fall was ethical, our restoration must be ethical: obedience to God’s law. God promises us the restoration of both man and creation. (Isaiah 65, Romans 8, 1 Corinthians 15)
God came to earth and walked among creation as a man in His son, Jesus Christ. He was two natures, divine and human, but these two natures were not confused or mixed. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, some men can be saved and will be conformed to Jesus’ image at the end (1 Corinthians 15).
We will not become gods or divine in any way, but we will attain perfect humanity — which is NOT the same as divinity. It is man, purged of all sin.
Man cannot become God, and any attempt to do so is an illegitmate grab for power and exhaustive knowledge that only God himself possesses.
Christianity teaches the final judgment:
“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)
Christ bore our sins so that the second death would have no power over us (Hebrews 9:28). The implication is significant: our actions in this life have consequences in eternity. There is one life and one eternity. The first death is inescapable for all; the second death is inescapable to some.
This essay will continue in Part 2, where we begin with modern man’s connection to the occult and demonism.