Canada was shocked and horrified to learn that 25-year-old Marc Lepine had committed mass murder on the campus of the University of Montreal. In cold blood he massacred 14 female engineering students, leaving 13 other students wounded, including 4 men, before turning the gun on himself. It was one of the worst massacres in the nation�s history. The prime minister described the senseless slayings as �a human tragedy of enormous proportions.�
According to The Toronto Star, in the United States, �there have been more than 100 multiple murderers since World War II and most of them appeared in the past two decades.� Yet, as the father of one of Lepine�s victims plaintively asked: �Why is there so much violence in the world? Why do human beings do this sort of thing to each other?�
The Bible�s explanation for the increase of violence in our time is plain. The apostle John wrote: �The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.� (1�John 5:19) Comparable to the air we breathe, a bad spirit originating with Satan, �the wicked one,� dominates the thinking, the desires, the very actions of most people. With his spirit of rebellion, selfishness, and pride, he �is misleading the entire inhabited earth.� (Revelation 12:9) True worshipers of God take comfort, however, in the knowledge that �the world is passing away and so is its desire, but he that does the will of God remains forever.��1�John 2:17.
WATCHTOWER JOURNEL 1990 12/15 p. 21 Insight on the News