Re: [asa] Why couldn't you write your d*mn book more clearly?

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Thu Mar 13 2008 - 08:03:18 EDT

MessageOne thing that this points to (certainly not the only thing & perhaps not the most important) is the limits of private interpretation of the Bible. I don't know the history but I wonder if in his trying to "read your stupid book" he sought the guidance of Christians who were more knowledgeable about it & about the church's traditions of interpreting & understanding it. The notion that everyone is supposed to be able to read the Bible on his/her own without any connection with, or responsibility to, the Christian community is "protestant principle" run amuck & can lead to all kinds of strange beliefs & behaviors.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: John Walley
  To: 'ASA'
  Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 9:28 PM
  Subject: [asa] Why couldn't you write your d*mn book more clearly?

  This is chilling but I think it shows why a hermeneutic about the Bible that makes sense is so desperately needed...


  Church Gunman's Letter Shows Him Angry, Confused About God

  DENVER -- Sometime before his deadly rampage at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, gunman Matthew Murray penned a letter addressed to God in which he poured out his frustration and confusion over his faith and ranted about the hypocrisy of Christians.

  Colorado Springs police discovered the letter in Murray's 1992 Toyota Camry, which was found parked outside the New Life Church on the day of the shootings. CALL7 Investigators obtained a copy of the letter on Wednesday, hours after Colorado Springs police released its official 450-plus page report on the shootings.

  The expletive-laced letter addressed "To God" begins, "What have I done so wrong? What is wrong with me anyways? Am I really such a bad person?"

  The one and half page later is primarily Murray asking questions of God.

  "I didn't even ask to be born. Jesus, where are you? Do you even care these days ?... Why didn't you ever answer my cries for help? Why do I have to be hurt by so many Christians?" he asked.

  In several sentences, Murray spews insults at God, using an epithet for female anatomy, and asks, "Why couldn't you write your d * mn book more clearly?

  "The more I read your stupid book, the more I pray, the more I reach out to Christians for help the more hurt and abused I get," he wrote.

  "I've heard good things about what Jesus can do, yet everywhere I go in Christianity, all the Christians I see or meet are miserable, angry, selfish, hypocritical, proud, power hungry, abusive, uncaring, confused, lustful, greedy, unsure of their doctrine and mean-spirited ... Am I too lost to be saved? My soul cries for deliverance. I'm dieing (sp), praying, bleeding and screaming. Will I be denied???"

  On Dec. 9, 2007, Murray shot and killed two people at the Youth With A Mission Center in Arvada then hours later went to Colorado Springs and opened fire at the New Life Church, killing two more people. Murray was shot several times by a security guard before he aimed a gun at his head and killed himself.

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