As the country mourns the tragic Newtown shootings that saw 20 children killed, many are wondering what made Adam Lanza pull the trigger.
For some, it was the gun itself, and many have blamed the NRA and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Still others point to Lanza's mental condition. But it seems he also had a spiritual problem that could very well have driven him to kill so many people, himself included.
On Wednesday, the UK Daily Mail published a report that says Lanza "worshiped the devil and had an online page dedicated to Satan" according to a classmate.
In their report, Meghan Keneally and Rachel Quigley said that Lanza's page "had the word 'Devil' written in red, Gothic-style letters against a black background," something that former classmate Trevor L. Todd called "weird" and "gave him the chills."
The Daily Mail said that the FBI is trying to put the pieces of Lanza's online footprint together from the smashed hard drive from his computer. The agency believes that Lanza boasted of his plans on message forums and made wide use of devil-worshiping sites and webpages that glorify suicide.
Conversations with those who were acquainted with Lanza, including his former barber, reveal that the young man was at best, introverted, and not easy to be around.
Dr. H. Wayne Carver, the chief medical examiner in the case, says he wants to know if Lanza suffered from a condition that could have made him violent.
"I’m exploring with the department of genetics what might be possible, if anything is possible," he said. "Is there any identifiable disease associated with this behavior?"
But an op-ed at the Christian Post says Lanza was influenced by the devil himself.
"We will never know what voices Adam Lanza heard in his head....or what they were telling him. But whatever was going on at the time, Adam made the decision....and acted on his wicked intentions....and decided to do it, do it, do it. That degree of cold-blooded viciousness must in some way be connected to the influence of Satan," Dan Delzell wrote.
Delzell goes on to say that Satan's fingerprints are "all over the weapon....and all over the scene....and all over the brutal killing of innocent lives."
"When Adam entered the school, it was like Satan himself was entering," he added.
But in the end, it was Lanza himself who pulled the trigger, not the NRA, not NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, and not law-abiding gun owners and supporters of the right to keep and bear arms -— all of whom have come under vicious attack by those who wish to take advantage of a horrific tragedy to enact a political agenda.
Could God have stopped it? Sure, just as he could has stopped any number of tragedies. Delzell says that God "could have made robots instead of people" but that would remove the element of free will and free choice.
Lanza apparently chose — for whatever reason — to follow Satan, with disastrous consequences.
"Adam Lanza's free will choice has been made," Delzell wrote, "and cannot be taken back."
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have [it] more abundantly," Jesus said in John 10:10.