'Satan' just fairy tale until he finds a friend

Monday, May 21, 2018
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Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Santa Fe shooterAuthorities may seem surprised that a Santa Fe teenager went on a deadly rampage, when there are no run-ins with law enforcement or trouble at school, but one sign is evident: flirting with evil.

Accused high school shooter Dimitri Pagourtzis may have surprised authorities when he opened fire last week in Sante Fe High, killing eight students and two teachers. But the warning signs were right there on Facebook - before it was taken down by authorities.

American Family News and OneNewsNow located the teenager's website minutes after the shooting, viewing symbols of the occult among other troublesome signs.  

"When I look his profile, I see dark things," Christian apologist Alex McFarland tells OneNewsNow. "I see a fascination with the demonic and even one of the names of Satan, Baphomet."

McFarland

The student's Facebook page is adorned with familiar symbols of evil and darkness, such as a Pentagram and, as McFarland points out, the occultic goat figure known as Baphomet. 

A why-did-he-do-it Washington Post story  described Pagourtizis as an honor student who was considered "a quiet loner" and "weird" by his classmates - but never an obvious threat. 

The story's only reference to the student's Facebook page noted that he posted the photo of a t-shirt with "Born to Kill" weeks ago. 

Auschwitz concentration camp (modern photo)McFarland, who speaks frequently to teen audiences, is doing so in a post-modern culture in which good and evil are considered manmade concepts. Or else good is environmentalism and Planned Parenthood, and evil is capitalism and the NRA.

"The very idea that we get a moral compass from religion is horrible," famed atheist Richard Dawkins stated in a 2013 TV interview.

That interview inspired a column by Dennis Prager, the Jewish radio talk show host, who suggested that Dawkins was dismissing objective good and evil but has no answer for why, for example, murder is wrong.  

"If there is no God," Prager wrote, "the labels 'good' and 'evil' are merely opinions. They are substitutes for 'I like it' and 'I don’t like it.' They are not objective realities."

Satanic Temple NYC statueThe truth, McFarland tells OneNewsNow, is that Satan is not a myth or a man-made idea but is very real, and Satan can use a confused, angry teen who doesn't understand the evil that is filling his heart and mind.

"The Bible says in John 10:10 that Satan, the thief, comes to steal, to kill, to destroy," he says. "Satan is a liar, a murderer, a deceiver, and this is so sad."

As the nation starts debating gun control again, Bishop E.W. Jackson of the conservative group STAND tells OneNewsNow it's not too late for America to start looking at spiritual solutions.

"We've got to focus again on what's in the human heart rather than what's in the human hand," he says, "because if what's in the heart is right, then what's in the hand will never be used to harm people."

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