Predators and Victims

Posted: October 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
Predators and Victims
 
 
 
 

The degradation of society reveals an espeically ugly blotch on the lives of children who have been victims of often unspeakable forms of abuse.

  1. A mother is being sentenced this week for beating her two-year-old and gluing the child’s hands to a wall for potty training problems. [1]
  2. This week’s sentencing of retired college football coach Jerry Sandusky, who in a recently released tape from jail claims to be innocent [2], reminds us of the prevalence of child abuse, having been found guilty of 45 of 48 charges of sexual abuse over a 15-year period.

Wikipedia defines child abuse as:

“The physical, sexual or emotional mistreatment or neglect of a child or children. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department for Children And Families (DCF) define child maltreatment as any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. Child abuse can occur in a child’s home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. There are four major categories of child abuse: neglect, physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, and sexual abuse.” [3]

How prevalent is child abuse in the U.S.? The American National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse provides statistics on different forms of abuse. The 1997 records show neglect represented 54 percent of confirmed cases of child abuse, 22 percent for physical abuse, 8 percent for sexual abuse, 4 percent for emotional maltreatment, and 12 percent for other forms of maltreatment. During a one-year period (2005-2006) researchers in the U.S. found 91,000 cases of neglect [CDC Report].

While we might quickly picture children with bruises or broken bones, or babies being shaken, the emotional trauma and psychological effects create developmental problems and attachment disorders that can last a lifetime. Even children witnessing domestic violence can struggle with depression, anxiety, and greater illness. The damage to society when children are abused is multi-generational. People who abuse children leave a trail of broken lives behind them.

How long will God withhold judgment against a world in which children are abused? The increase in the number of innocent victims we read about in the news, not just in society at large but even within our churches, make one shudder at the thought of a final judgment against the evils of this world. But it is this judgment that will bring the end of it once and for all.

Do the signs of the times cause you to long for Jesus to come? Have you ever wondered why God permits evil to go on and when it will all end? The Bible speaks of a day coming when Satan will no longer destroy people’s lives through abuse. You can learn about these topics in in these wonderful lessons enjoy. “Even so, come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).
 

Did God Create the Devil?
 
 Lesson #2  
Most people in the world are being deceived by an evil genius bent on destroying their lives – a brilliant mastermind called the devil, or Satan. But this dark prince is much more than what you might think… many say he’s just a devious mythical figure, but the Bible says he’s very real, and he’s deceiving families, churches, and even nations to increase sorrow and pain. Here are the Bible’s am…

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Case Closed
 
 Lesson #19  
The jury is in, the verdict read … case closed! Few thoughts could be more sobering. The day is fast approaching when every person who has ever lived will have their lives reviewed before the all-knowing eyes of God (2 Corinthians 5:10). But don’t let this alarm you – take heart! Millions have already found the judgment message in this Study Guide to be very good news! On four occasions when the…

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