It’s easy to see the world as a bad place in today’s culture. So many horrible things happen to good people and why? Well no one quite knows the answer, but the Old Testament tries to shed some light and hope during terrible times. For our paper and project, we (Mary, Taylor, Matt, Kristina, and myself) are planning to take some of the horrible events in today’s culture and try to relate them to the times of the Old Testament, or try to use some of the passages to maybe help people who are struggling to find the reasons for some events.
In our culture, there are many terrible events that occur daily and no one quite knows the explanation to some. One of these tragic events are school shootings. Why would teenagers feel the need to bring a gun to school and injure, or maybe kill, some of their own classmates. It could be for personal reasons, but for the parents of the injured students, they probably can’t find a reason. These are the people who can turn to the Old Testament and try to find some passages of hope. We all know of the Columbine school shooting, one that was tragic and felt across the nation. We are thinking about focusing on one particular girl, one who said yes when she was asked if she believed in Jesus. When she did, she was shot on the spot. We are planning on using some of these school shooting examples in our paper and a clip of a school shooting from One Tree Hill in our multimedia project, which will most likely be a video or slide show of clips or pictures of school shootings or why bad things happen to good people. There is also a clip from the TV show Scrubs in which it shows a particular case where a bad thing happened to a little girl. But it happened for a reason.
In tying in these school shootings with the Old Testament, we are planning on retelling the original sin story of Adam and Eve, showing where our sin came from and how people sin today. There are also examples of how characters in the Old Testament killed their own family members or went out to steal something from them, another form of sin. Cain murdered Able and Jacob stole the birth rite and Isaac’s blessing from Esau. Why would they do such horrible things? Well, we know that these stories have reasons and consequences for what happened. In the case of Jacob and Esau, Jacob then had the right and everything turned out for the better. Just think, maybe if he hadn’t of done that would there be the twelve tribes of Israel? Also, Abraham was planning on doing a terrible thing, killing his only son Isaac because the Lord had told him to. But as we know, Isaac was not killed and Abraham’s relationship with the Lord grew significantly that day: a good outcome to an almost terrible event.
There are bad things that happen to good people. We all know some ways in which this has happened. In order to give some perspective or reasons for this topic, we are planning on using many of the passages we recently talked about in Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, and the Psalms. We are also planning on using an article from the NY Times about an Amish school that was a victim of school shootings. We are also planning on using a psychological study about the events that occurred at the Columbine school shooting.
We are planning on using a clip from this episode of Scrubs:
(mostly from 2:10-5:30)