Today’s quick read of NZ Herald focused my attention on two news stories.

The first, Alleged confession in Wellington murder case, is about a mentally unstable person who murdered somebody and was later struck by a train and died. The second is a bizarre story suitable entitled Depressed man cooks and eats his finger.

My attention was drawn to the first story because of the following short paragraphs:

He (the murdered man) was the lead singer in death metal band Backyard Burial
Mr Parlane (the alleged murderer) was also a death metal singer.

The second story tries to explain the behaviour of the mentally unstable man like this:

He felt extreme anger and for the first time fantasised about not only killing his assailants, but of eating them too,” the doctors’ report says.
He believed that by doing so, he would ‘rob them of everything’.”
It appeared his fantasies had been perpetuated by an interest in violent movies and taboo subjects.

Aside: This post contains my opinions, which in turn are influenced by the Bible, which I believe to be the word of God. I do not know what those who do not believe likewise will make of it.

Every human being has only one chance through life, and as a result, we do not have very experienced “livers” to advise us, and there are far too many factors in life to process with our finite minds to find the right path to take. Only One, God, has that bird’s-eye view to help us navigate through life. No wonder we read:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

The key to wisdom is in the Bible. The key to a happy life is in the Bible. The key to eternal life is also in the Bible. (All these are made available to us through the Christ.)

This Bible stresses holiness of thought and action very clearly . A scripture in point is

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14 ESV)

The Bible has much to say about one’s preparation for eternity. But a by product of preparing for eternity is the peace that passeth all understanding for us in this life too, in the face of whatever troubles we may face here. A clean and holy life goes a long way in keeping our minds healthy.

Keep those selective blinkers on, young people, and give no room for the evil one to gain ground in your thoughts. Stay away from things (books, music, movies, games) based on subjects that are taboo—the occult, astrology, morbidity, sex outside the marriage setting, and so on . . .  One’s conscience, strengthened by consistent reading of the word, is generally a good indicator of whether something is wholesome or not.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9 ESV)