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Prophetic Trends and Conditions Series

The Twisted, Perverse and Bizarre

“Father jailed for U.S. mutilation”—“Swakop Man Sets Himself On Fire”—“Man dismembers girlfriend in Quarter; cooks body parts”—“Tomato diet model dies”—“Cattle mutilation stuns ranchers”—“Man held for German ‘cannibal killing’”—“Police: Man Hides In Bathrooms, Drinks Boys’ Urine”—“Teens Turning to Mutilation.”

These are real headlines found in newspapers around the world. More and more, the everyday reader is confronted with odd and bizarre behavior. Things unheard of a decade or two ago are becoming commonplace. How many times have you found yourself saying, “Sick! I have never heard of that before!”?

Why This Series: Twisted and odd behavior is on the rise. Perverse trends are increasing. This series will examine the bizarre conduct that is becoming common throughout society. We will explain why this is spreading—and point to the only solution.

What have become twisted minds throughout society are exhibiting some of the most perverse behavior. This report will reveal that what was once deep in the sewer of mankind’s conduct is now beginning to boil over onto the streets. Through the Internet, the most degenerate human beings now have a forum—people they relate to, and people who can relate to them.

Bizarre behavior and actions among all age groups are on the rise. What you will read will stun you, and leave you wondering, “What’s next?” and “What is the solution to this nightmare?”

Advancement—and Degeneration

The world continues its scientific and technological advancement. Each day, technology improves, information exchange speeds up, cities expand. Beautiful large houses are found all over the planet. Luxuries of every type are available. New devices promising to make life more efficient and entertaining are released daily.

Taking a superficial, skin-deep look at society, it would seem that mankind is doing well. But with all the advancements in technology, science and other areas of civilization, is the human race truly improving? Are man’s institutions able to clean up and prevent bizarre actions and behavior? The track record of history answers this clearly: Humanity cannot solve these problems! Leaders are helpless to curb an ever-worsening, sick society. People cannot control their lives, thoughts and emotions. Bizarre behavior and trends continue to come to the fore.

In some regards, the general public is gravitating toward these extremes. True life stories of the weird, odd and bizarre are extremely popular. Now Reuters news agency has devoted a whole section of its website to odd news reports. And readers are mesmerized and engrossed by the outlandish things people do. In years past, circus “freak shows” were a popular means of entertainment. Today, these shows are out in the open and seemingly everywhere.

The proverbial envelope of decency and taste is being continually stretched. Things that are displayed in public would never have been discussed in ages past. It is as if any type of standard one holds is doomed to be attacked and thrown away.

The term “alternative” has become fashionable. “Alternative lifestyles” of every shape, flavor and color are now discussed openly and accepted generally. The line drawn between what is acceptable and what is not is blurring and quickly disappearing. Decency, propriety and normalcy have become relative terms. What was once fringe and extreme is now mainstream.

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Source: MCT

This report, Society’s Spreading CancerThe Twisted, Perverse and Bizarre, will address various areas of society that are moving toward the strange and extreme. Of course, there is a reasonable and natural limit to such a topic, but below are some of the subjects that will be discussed.

  • Appearance: What people choose to wear and what they are doing to their bodies, often solely for “shock value.”
  • Media: Movies, television shows, popular music and other media continually push the social, ethical and moral boundaries, twisting the fringe into the norm in pop culture.
  • Sexual perversions: While our report The IMMORALITY EXPLOSION! thoroughly addresses this topic, this report would not be complete without highlighting the growing acceptance of sexual perversions.
  • Bizarre crimes: The current explosion of odd and weird crimes, and the resulting court decisions and lawsuits that are often just as ridiculous and bizarre.
  • Religion: The beliefs many hold are gravitating toward the extreme.

Understand. The very worst of the nauseating aspects of human nature and its twisted byproducts cannot be discussed in this report. The Holy Bible explains that “it is a shame [Greek root: filthy] even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret” (Eph. 5:12). Therefore, this report barely skims the surface of what could be reported. Many stories literally cannot be told because a line God established would be crossed.

 

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At the outset, understand that this is not intended to attack any individual. It is meant to paint a picture of the strange things now being done by human beings.

As you read on, consider the following points:

  • What has happened to the natural order of things?
  • Will these bizarre trends end—or grow worse?
  • Are there any standards in life, or can anyone do whatever he wants? Does a free society mean that anything can, and should, be done?
  • Are there any limits? Are there lines that should never be crossed? If so, who defines them?
  • What are the consequences—and how will all this conclude?

The following examples will paint a stunning, but sickening, picture of a new kind of cancer spreading throughout society.

A Dangerous Tool

Realize that the spread of the bizarre has been made worse because of a tool that literally defines our age: the Internet. Its international reach has played a significant role in spreading what could only be called spiritual cancer. Never has it been easier to find information for every perversion under the sun. For those seeking the bizarre, grotesque and perverse, the Internet provides every sick idea men could devise—and with just a simple search.

The problem lies in the fact that twisted, bizarre desires and behavior now have a place to coalesce. With the Internet, people who hold weird ideas discover there are others who have similar ideas. These are then circulated among others who are interested. In time, people become curious and look for more. Of course, they do not have to look far, and essentially a “snowball effect” has been created.

To illustrate, the darkest depths of man’s thinking are interlocked, creating an efficient system that everyone can instantly access.

Part One Appearance and Body Modification

The word bizarre means “Markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange; odd” (Random House Unabridged Dictionary). This is what many people are now proud of.

All sorts of looks are becoming more common. There is the Goth culture, in which people wear entirely black, including a lot of black makeup, hair dyed black, etc. Many high schools in Western culture have this style. Often, these types are depressed and angry—you can see it on their faces.

Then there is the gang style. Thousands of students want to appear as if they are in a street gang, even when they are not. Entire media outlets push this style. Young people look up to “artists” who promote the “thug” look, in which a person wears pants twice his size, hanging near his knees. In such a scenario, this person literally has to change his walk so that his pants stay up. Incredibly, this impractical and nonsensical—and lewd—trend is viewed as “cool.”

Where is the balance—the common sense?

Then there is a style derived from alternative rock music. This can be described as the unkempt, messy look. Some people go out of their way—and this means really extreme—to look like a mess.

The metrosexual style essentially has heterosexual men wearing feminine clothing. Alongside this is a subculture within the homosexual community in which people wear clothing that can only be described as outrageous. For example, two men will walk down the street with everything on their bodies purple or lavender, or wearing color combinations that assault the eyes.

Then there is the punk group. These often have odd hairstyles, including Mohawks, brightly dyed hair and endless body piercings.

Often the attitudes behind all these styles are worse than the styles themselves. Many who fall into these cultures are unhappy, angry with life or wish to be seen as nonconformists.

And then there is the ever more bizarre fashion industry, which leads society’s fashion trends. Models walk down runways in grossly impractical and weird outfits, to say the least—sometimes wearing only underwear and lingerie, which leaves little to the imagination. In the early 21st century, one trend is to wear outer clothing that looks like lingerie.

Related to this, people spend ridiculous amounts of money on clothing—for example, one company sells jeans for $350 or more! In a world where purses can literally cost up to $35,000, women can now rent expensive purses for special events or daily use!

Defacing One’s Body

Bizarre appearances are not just due to clothing or makeup choices. Piercings, tattoos and body disfigurements are popular today. You can walk down any small town street and see people who have done all these things and more to their bodies. Literally, the circus is now on the streets of every city.

At one point, piercing the ear was enough. Now, it is popular to pierce anything that is thin enough to put a sharp piece of metal through. Studies reveal that one in seven has pierced something other than his earlobes. One person commented that some in society today, with dozens of piercings, look as if they fell face first into a fishing tackle box. How true! (Of course, many contract infections or diseases because of the strange areas they pierce. In one instance, a newspaper reported that a young girl’s piercing became so infected she had to have her breast removed.)

Then there are tattoos; 24% of Americans ages 18 to 50 and 36% of those 18 to 29 have tattoos, with the number accelerating.

One tattoo parlor owner remarked, “My clientele has changed completely. Now everybody gets tattoos. Bankers, lawyers, doctors, everybody” (WorldNetDaily).

 

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There are several television shows that document the culture of people who love to get one tattoo after another until their whole bodies are covered. Often the pictures, painted under the skin, are perverse and morbid.

Children books about tattoos are even being printed, such as: “Mommy Has a Tattoo” and the “Tattoo Coloring Book” designed to teach “tattoo tolerance” at an early age (ibid.).

To make it even worse and more bizarre, there is an entire body modification culture with body modification “artists,” in which customers pay for their bodies to be permanently mutilated. Scarification is where people are cut repeatedly until there is a permanent scar in the design of choice. There is branding as well. This is no longer something found just among livestock. There are also subdermal implants, where people literally put things under the skin to deform their shape. One man, inspired by the popular television show Star Trek, now has large ridges in his forehead—essentially jewelry that is implanted under the skin to make different shapes.

 

Media influences: Above, several rap artists perform during a DVD release party at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, Michigan, on March 13, 2003. The performer on the left was shot and killed April 11, 2006.

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There is even one artist who focuses on burn victims as subjects for his oil paintings.

How much more bizarre and extreme can society get?

When it comes to tattoos and marking the flesh, mankind has no regard for what the Creator of life said thousands of years ago. Notice what the Holy Bible states: “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord...They shall not make baldness upon their head…nor make any cuttings in their flesh” (Lev. 19:28; 21:5).

Realize that this only begins to scratch the surface of bizarre behavior. Continue to ask yourself: Is the extreme conduct shown in the above examples normal? Do people leading happy, fulfilling lives commit such acts?

Part Two Weird and Sickening Behaviors

It is important to repeat that we are not attacking or attempting to demean any particular individual. The purpose of this report is to show the effects of mankind’s choices (behavior). Some of the effects discussed here are real problems in the lives of real people. We are in no way trying to minimize these concerns, but rather are highlighting the seriousness and repercussions of humanity’s decisions.

Self-Mutilation

In some respects, self-mutilation is only distantly related to the subject of appearance. This growing trend among teenagers is truly sobering. Young people throughout society are literally cutting themselves. To outsiders looking in, this practice is hard to fathom.

But why do teens do this? To release tension and stress—to make themselves feel better.

Teenagers who self-mutilate almost always do so privately—and they desperately try to hide it. They are usually ashamed, but their embarrassment does not cause them to stop. They wear long sleeves, long skirts or pants—even in hot weather—to hide their many scars from the eyes of parents, friends and teachers.

Tragically, this trend is rapidly increasing, and parents and schools are finding it difficult to deal with the problem. It is becoming so prevalent that teens are posting personal self-mutilation videos to the Internet, showing others what it is like. One video shows a person cutting himself with a scalpel. A report from ABC News states, “More and more kids are not just thinking about it, they’re doing it. And they’re showing others what it’s like.”

The same news report also states that “cutting” is the focal point of a growing subculture among kids. One teenager said, “I kind of felt…better afterwards. I liked it a lot…It kind of hurt, but…I guess when you cut…it…doesn’t hurt that much because you’re hurting so much inside…I just felt like…cutting kind of hurt a little, but I felt like I was actually releasing my anger…I would…go into the bathroom, or in gym, I would skip gym, or sometimes, I’d just be sitting there, and no one noticed that I was just cutting.”

A doctor specializing in self-mutilation stated, “It’s becoming an acceptable activity…it’s now becoming more popular among the adolescents, it’s a way of releasing their stress, it’s a way of coping, I guess, and it’s a way of uniting in their own pain…I can say that it is increasing, and that it is more prevalent now…The concern now is that it’s becoming more of a social event, where girls and boys invite each other for cutting parties…”

The doctor went on to say that it is becoming mainstream—the popular crowd is now doing it too. Truly, the abnormal is becoming normal.

Not knowing the true purpose of life—lacking knowledge that gives meaning to one’s existence—humanity turns to various physical pursuits to fill the void. Yet people are ultimately left unsatisfied.

Deathly Thin

 

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While eating disorders (usually among women) have been a growing problem for several decades, the entertainment industry essentially glamorizes such health problems by putting severely underweight celebrities on a pedestal. Their bony frames are upheld as the “ideal” figure to attain.

Once an individual has a full-blown eating disorder, it is hard to pull her back. Even when painfully thin, literally on the verge of death, it is difficult to convince the person she is not overweight. Family, friends, even respected professionals, sometimes cannot prevent people from starving themselves to death.

There are websites that glorify anorexia and bulimia. The BBC reports, “Experts say so-called ‘pro-ana’ sites claim to offer support, but actually glorify the diseases and discourage people from seeking medical treatment.”

New terms such as “thinspiration” are commonly used. Coded phrases such as “My friend Ana” and “My friend Mia” refer to anorexia and bulimia, respectively.

As mentioned, the fashion industry and elements of Hollywood are also influencing people toward eating disorders. Size zero models are commonplace on the catwalks of fashion shows. A popular model died from kidney failure in November 2006. She ate only apples and tomatoes, and would not admit she had an illness. Another died earlier that year from a heart attack—after consuming only lettuce leaves and Diet Coke for three months.

Despite these needless tragedies, the fashion industry continues to have a demand for thin models. Women who are clinically underweight are told they have “great bodies,” as women of normal weight are told the opposite. Some in the industry are not interested in countering the rise in eating disorders among young women.

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Many patients struggling with these types of disorders have been “hospitalized more than once for suicide attempts, dehydration or other conditions brought on by their disorders…All are slender or dangerously thin, and all see themselves as fat or fear that they will become fat. A scale reading over 100 pounds can cause them extreme anxiety” (Daily Bulletin).

One sufferer commented, “I’ve tried to find satisfaction in other accomplishments, but nothing measures up to this goal of being thin, and that’s all I really want. And if it takes dying to get there, so be it.”

In the Media

Mainstream media is also on a path toward the bizarre. Wholesome “family” shows are disappearing; in their place are boundary-pushing programs.

For instance, in the last decade there has been a steadily increasing focus on the supernatural, with television shows such as Medium and Ghost Whisperer becoming widely popular, which follow characters struggling to make sense of their various “powers.”

Then there are the magic and illusion television shows, two of which are quite popular. The atmosphere of these productions is dark and strange, and the programs present unexplainable magic tricks. For example, a man walks through a glass window, yet the window remains intact. Sometimes, performers will exhibit feats of superhuman strength. Viewers are fascinated by such programs, yet they do not comprehend the real source that is oftentimes behind the magicians’ power.

These types of shows have also showcased what is called “suspension.” In fact, there are “suspension parties,” events in which attendees literally suspend themselves from the ceiling through hooks in their skin! Those who have tried this claim it offers a “spiritual experience.”

Effects of an Eating Disorder

Millions of Americans, many of them high school students, suffer from some form of eating disorder. Left untreated, these can lead to serious health problems or even death.

Anorexia Nervosa

A person with anorexia is hungry, but he or she eats little or no food because of an intense fear of gaining weight.

Danger Signs:

  • Preoccupation with food, weight and body
  • Refusal to eat anything other than tiny portions
  • Continuing to diet in spite of being extremely thin
  • Abnormal weight loss
  • Weakness, exhaustion
  • Compulsive exercise

External Symptoms:

  • Hair loss
  • Growth of fine body hair
  • Dry skin
  • Slow metabolism, reflexes
  • Brittle bones, nails
  • Fainting spells
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold hands, feet
  • Swollen joints

Internal Effects:

  • Dehydration
  • Diminished thyroid activity
  • Irregular heartbeat (which can lead to cardiac arrest)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Kidney, liver damage
  • Constipation
  • Loss of menstruation

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimics are also preoccupied with their weight, but they eat in binges, then purge the food from their bodies.

Danger Signs:

  • Binge eating, usually in secret
  • Vomiting after bingeing
  • Frequent trips to bathroom after meals
  • Abusing laxatives, diet pills or substances that cause urination or vomiting
  • Weakness, exhaustion
  • Compulsive exercise

External Symptoms:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Tooth and gum erosion
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen neck, face glands
  • Bloating
  • Skin rashes
  • Brittle bones

Internal Effects:

  • Heartburn, indigestion
  • Dehydration
  • Electrolyte imbalance (can cause irregular heartbeat or cardiac arrest)
  • Kidney, liver and bowel damage
  • Intestinal ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Irregular menstruation

Eating Disorder’s Psychological Effects:

  • Depression; feelings of shame or guilt
  • Mood swings
  • Low self-esteem
  • Negative thoughts
  • Social withdrawal; impaired relationships with family, friends
  • Perfectionism
  • “All-or-nothing” attitude

Silently Suffering From Bulimia

Bulimia (deliberately vomiting after excessive eating) is believed to be widespread among women between 15 and 30. It is often a well-kept secret for years, during which the victim suffers from physical illness and psychological distress.

SOURCES: Natl. Assn. of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, American Anorexia Bulimia Assn., Natl. Center for Health Statistics, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Psykiatrisk Hospital (Risskov), Lademanns lægeleksikon MCT

Of course, our look at the media would not be complete without addressing horror films, which have become much more hideous and extreme—and are exploding in popularity.

A film review of the movie Saw III stated, “…the splatter flicks of yesteryear were usually too silly to be taken seriously…[but now] killers in the ‘claustrophobic cruelty’ sub-genre are interested in making their victims scream, weep, beg for mercy, watching in pleasure as their victim’s bodies and souls are deformed beyond recognition…genuinely sickening stuff.”

These movies continually portray more and more gore—a demand of the ticket-purchasing public. But, as this film critic goes on to write, the audience is “going to be watching something that would likely have gotten the filmmakers arrested 60 years ago.”

In regard to the film, the BBC reported that “staff at a UK cinema have had to call emergency services three times in one night because of a spate of people passing out…” At the time the BBC article was written, the movie was ranked number one in the UK and North America.

Finally, there is the independent film industry, which is always ready to “push the envelope” of acceptable behavior in society. For example, The Seattle Times reported that the Sundance Film Festival accepted a documentary called “Zoo,” which addresses bestiality and “examines the widely reported case of a…man who died in 2005 after having sex with a horse.” This film was 1 of 16 accepted out of 856 submitted.

Higher Education?

Parts of higher education are also marching toward the odd. Here are just some of the bizarre college courses now available, according to Young America’s Foundation:

  • “Queer Musicology”
  • “The Phallus”
  • “Adultery Novel”
  • “Sex Change City: Theorizing History in Genderqueer San Francisco”
  • “Lesbian Pulp Fiction”

It seems the latest popular perversion now takes place in some of the most elite colleges of the United States: the arrival of “naked parties.” Ironically, students who participate in them claim that such parties are nonsexual. One college student stated, “Naked parties are ‘the #1’ thing to do before graduation” (The Scotsman). Some students even claim they are life-changing experiences.

Regarding naked parties, one Yale student said, “The dynamic is completely different from a clothed party. People are so conscious of how they’re coming across that conversations end up being more sophisticated.” Some parties are even held in college libraries, with the school administrators turning a blind eye!

Many claim this is normal and should not be criticized—it is merely young adults “expressing” themselves. But is this really just harmless fun?

“Vile Affections”

Then there are perverse relationships of all kinds: Some actually believe intimate relations with anyone or anything should be allowed—including animals, children and even corpses. Everything imaginable is now being done openly and is pushed to be accepted by all.

The Bible describes what has happened to mankind: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections…working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate [degenerate] mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Rom. 1:26-28).

It has gone so far that even online dating has evolved. A person can now sign in to online role-playing games, select a character with whatever attributes he chooses, and look for an online “date” with another character, who is a real person somewhere else in the world. The couple can then engage in whatever they desire.

Gender-Bending

The subject of gender lines and gender confusion continues to be a topic of discussion and controversy in the 21st century. The New York Times article “New York Plans to Make Gender Personal Choice” stated the following: “New York City is moving forward with a plan to let people alter the sex on their birth certificate even if they have not had sex-change surgery.” All an individual must do is provide affidavits from a doctor stating why the person should be considered to change the legal status of his or her sex. This is taking place because many “transgender” people cannot afford surgery or therapy.

This leads to, as the article states, “intriguing” questions: “For example, would a man who becomes a woman be able to marry another man?...Would an adoption agency be able to uncover the original sex of a proposed parent?...Would a woman who becomes a man be able to fight in combat, or play in the National Football League?”

However, these are not intriguing questions, these are ridiculous questions—an effect of mankind living a way of life totally cut off from its Creator!

Consider another bizarre trend, again reported by The New York Times: Homosexuals who are friends with lesbian couples are donating their sperm so the couple can have babies. The “father” usually wants to retain some rights, and hold a sort of “uncle” position in the family—in other words, he wants to be able to see the child on birthdays and holidays, and share in a family.

Since they cannot have children on their own, they are creating a twisted, entirely different extended family.

Suicide Cliques

The Internet is now the place where suicide cliques form. Within seconds one can read of those who have committed suicide, along with entire manuals on the subject!

People are meeting through the Internet, and then killing themselves together. The New Zealand Herald reported, “Young Japanese are joining group-suicide pacts in record numbers despite efforts to crack down on the bizarre internet-led phenomenon.”

“Many opt for carbon monoxide poisoning in sealed vehicles, often in secluded or scenic areas, like four men who died while watching the sun rise at the foot of Mount Fuji. The men met for the first time just hours before.”

“Dozens of young Japanese can be found every day discussing suicide online. A typical message reads: ‘If you are thinking about killing yourself, please reply.’ Another says: ‘I’m in my early 20s and I want to die easily. Can go anywhere in Japan.’”

It is sobering to find questions such as the following online: “What is the best way to kill yourself when you’re under 13?”

But suicide is not the only way people try to harm themselves.

“Bug Chasers”

This may be the most nauseating “vile affection” (recall Romans 1) that men have embraced. A new term has been coined: “bug chaser”—a person who does not have HIV or AIDS, but tries to get it! It is claimed that this is the “ultimate experience”! Unbelievable, but true!

Here is how one writer explains this lifestyle: “In gay nightclubs across the U.S. men wear sleeveless shirts in hopes that someone will notice the tattoo ‘HIV-’ blazoned across their deltoid. What is not so obvious is that the intention of such a tattoo is to attract someone who is HIV+. It is an invitation to infect…In other words, the tattooed man is intentionally seeking an HIV+ partner to infect him with the virus. All that is left is a trip back to the tattoo artist to have that tattoo adjusted from negative to positive. Simple” (Alternatives Magazine).

A sound mind cannot imagine why a person would seek out such a disease. But it happens!

The article continues, “In private…clubs across the U.S. men gather for a chance to participate in what is called Russian Roulette. Ten men are invited, nine are HIV-, one is HIV+. The men have agreed to not speak of AIDS, nor HIV. They participate in as many unsafe…encounters with each other as possible, thus increasing their chances to receive ‘the bug.’ These are the men known as ‘Bug Chasers.’”

Why?

Some want to “belong”; others “do not want to worry” about acquiring HIV anymore; some see it “as the deepest level of intimacy.” In a sense, this is similar to people who cut themselves. The following quote provides an explanation: “Self Injurious Behavior may have several motivations…Self injurers say that their behavior offers: ‘escape from emptiness, depression...relief from intense feelings...an expression of emotional pain...escaping numbness...a feeling of euphoria...a relief of anger...a sense of control over one’s body...expressing or coping with feelings of alienation’” (ibid.).

As mentioned in Part One, the modern world is sick, rotting to its core.

But it gets worse…

Unheard of Horrors

We live in a world in which there are groups of people who are in love with death. There are websites that display pictures of dead bodies. And this is provided for the people who have “incurable gross-out” desires, as the term is used. There is an entire industry catering to people who want “snuff” films—movies that feature footage of people being killed. In fact, an avid demand exists for these movies. Even worse, sometimes the ones being killed are children. And, we repeat, there is a strong demand for this!

Absolutely disgusting, horrifying and inconceivable!

The last story that will be mentioned is so sickening it can only be briefly described. In 2003, a German man was charged with killing and eating another man. Certainly, in particular cultures cannibalism has existed for millennia. However, what makes this account so exceptionally shocking is that the man who was charged with the crime had actually advertised on the Internet, seeking someone who was healthy and wanted to be eaten! He found such a “volunteer”—the things they did are unspeakable (Eph. 5:12). In the end, he ate the man and claimed afterward that he felt much better and more mentally stable.

How sick can this world get? Apparently much worse. How are human beings capable of committing such actions? What drives them to indulge in such abhorrent activities?

Part Three Where It Is Leading—and How It Will Be Brought to an End!

In October 2006, a 19-year-old from Alabama was charged with raping his mother. The accused admitted to the crime, which was evidently committed in retaliation against his brother.

“It’s totally sick is what it is,” said Sgt. Jamie Smith of the Albertville Police Department. Sgt. Smith continued, “It’s hard to wrap your mind around…Shocked, shocked would be…a better way to describe it. That somebody would dip to the lows to do something of this nature. It’s just pretty much a shock to the conscience of the general public” (WSFA).

Another grisly crime took place late that year in New Orleans: A man who killed himself left a suicide note confessing he killed his girlfriend. Police found her dismembered body scattered around their shared apartment, located above a voodoo shop in the French Quarter. Reportedly, the man’s girlfriend had been planning to leave him.

In November 2006, a man from Britain faced a possible life sentence for sexually abusing his seven-week-old daughter, subsequently battering her to death. He is accused of killing his baby by throwing her headfirst into the wooden arm of a sofa, in an attempt to keep her quiet. According to the police report, she had been abused from the time she left the hospital until her death weeks later. The suspect, fascinated with horror films, had written poems about his desire to kill.

Weird, vile crimes are on the rise, sometimes involving bizarre fetishes unheard of until recently. A central Ohio man told police he likes to drink boys’ urine, and that he has been doing it for more than 40 years. He also confessed that while it makes him sick, it is an almost “spiritual experience.” He reportedly added, “I like it because it makes me closer to them—like I’m drinking their youth” (Local6).

The lead detective said, “Listening to him describe it, it’s like listening to a crack or cocaine addict. He’s addicted to children’s urine.”

How does people’s behavior in our supposedly advanced, educated and civilized society devolve to the degree that such disgusting acts are committed against other human beings?

Grave Robbing

In Wisconsin, after suspicious activity at a cemetery was reported, officers found an abandoned vehicle parked nearby. Later in the evening, an officer saw a young man walking toward the vehicle, dressed in black and sweating. Questioned by the officer, the man admitted his friends had asked him to help dig up a woman’s body to have intercourse with it. The three diggers had only managed to reach the top of the grave’s vault.

The grave was that of a 20-year-old woman who had been killed in a motorcycle accident a few weeks prior. The Grant County Sheriff said the suspects did not know her, but they had seen her photograph in an obituary.

The young men face more than five years in jail and a $17,500 fine.

The sheriff stated, “In different schools that teach you about bizarre behavior, necrophilia is one of those things that you hear about, but never think you’ll have to deal with” (AP).

Another ghastly instance of this type of crime took place in South Carolina, in which a 23-year-old man tried to exhume the body of a 12-year-old girl after seeing her picture in an obituary. He told investigators that he wanted to “take her home and have fun” (ibid.). Thankfully, he never found the girl’s grave.

According to the defense attorney, two mental evaluations discovered a “chemical imbalance” in his brain causing him to desire sexual relations with corpses and children. The court, however, did not accept this. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Animal Cruelty

Animal cruelty is also making headlines more frequently. An Australian man was jailed for 16 months in November 2006 for mutilating and killing 17 rabbits and a guinea pig. After purchasing the animals, he tortured them to death and dumped their corpses in and around his office building. He successfully appealed the charges on the grounds of mental illness.

In another instance of animal cruelty, a Great Falls, Montana rancher found one of his healthy young cows lying dead in the field—yet the cow had not died an ordinary death.

The rancher said that the “cow’s [private parts] were cut out with stunning precision. The left side of her face was carved off, the exposed bones stripped as clean as if they’d been boiled” (Great Falls Tribune).

Since the 1970s, many Montana ranchers have found dozens of their cattle carved up in similar fashion.

More recently, two teenage brothers in Atlanta, Georgia, broke into a community center, captured a three-month-old puppy, duct-taped its snout and paws, and cooked the animal alive in an onsite oven. They also destroyed computers and vandalized the building. Later, the brothers brought neighborhood children to see the dead animal and threatened to kill them if they reported it.

The brothers both pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and are awaiting sentencing.

Why such extreme cruelty?

Bizarre Cult

Consider just one example of bizarre religious beliefs, found within different forms of every religion in the world.

In late October 2006, police arrested members of a bizarre cult in Zimbabwe, of which seven children were severely malnourished. The cult members had been known to defy lawful orders. They had been starving themselves while living in the wilderness, claiming to be awaiting the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

As the riot squad approached, the cult members reportedly knelt down, prayed and sang. “They warned the police and the army that their reign was over and would be destroyed by God” (The Herald).

Why?

The scope of this report has a reasonable and natural limit. Far worse strange behavior could be reported, but what has been explained should paint a clear picture. We have examined bizarre appearances, disturbing media productions and influences, sexual perversions of the worst kind, and vile, unimaginable crimes.

We have also taken a glimpse into the sewer of society and seen that the bizarre behavior found there is rapidly spreading and growing worse.

Today a virtual circus—or more specifically, a freak show—of odd behavior is paraded for all to see.

Questions naturally arise: Why has man fallen into such perverse and bizarre conduct? What causes these desires? What is the solution?

The Source

Some of the examples in Parts Two and Three were said to involve mental illnesses. Naturally, man often tries to find reasons as to why these odd behaviors occur. While mental illnesses are real, should every perverse act be justified as an illness? If yes, then how can anyone be held accountable?

These desires and actions must come from somewhere. Whether or not people will admit it, these are fueled by human nature.

To understand human nature, you must understand who is behind it, influencing how men think and live. The facts—the answers—are stunning. When you fully grasp the source of human nature, you will better understand why human behavior is degenerating. (For more on this topic, read our booklet Did God Create HUMAN NATURE?)

Rejecting the Teacher

Seemingly, society has come to view virtually any opinion and practice as acceptable. It has been said that in today’s relaxed, “go-with-the-flow” world, the only thing people do not tolerate is intolerance. There are no effective boundaries in place today to prevent the kinds of degeneration discussed in this report.

For 6,000 years, man has decided to ignore the Author of the only effective boundaries. Mankind has ignored its Creator; the fruits are evident. For any society to function and thrive, there must be standards.

Consider a child. For the sake of his safety, he is told not to touch the stove, else he might be burned. If the child does not listen, he will learn firsthand why he received this instruction. For every effect there is a cause—the laws of nature, which God has created, cannot be disregarded.

Not only has mankind ignored its Parent, it has cut itself off, unable to hear the “safety rules and guidelines.”

Abominations

But what are the consequences of this no-boundary lifestyle? Is it just the possible sentence a person receives if he gets caught?

The Holy Bible speaks about abominations, that is, things that are disgusting. Truly what we have learned in this report is disgusting! (Some appearance choices raised in Part One would not necessarily fall into this classification.)

Does the Bible, the most popular book of all time, have anything to say about bizarre behavior?

After stating the many sexual perversions that other nations were committing, God told the ancient Israelites, “Defile not you yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: and the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomits out her inhabitants. You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourns among you: (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled)” (Lev. 18:24-27).

God continued, warning of severe consequences if the people turned to strange conduct: “That the land spue [vomit] not you out also, when you defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you. For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. Therefore shall you keep My ordinance, that you commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that you defile not yourselves therein: I am the Lord your God” (vs. 28-30).

Also notice Deuteronomy 32:16: “They provoked Him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they Him to anger.”

To whom is God speaking? Was it only the ancient Israelites? Do these passages still apply today? Will the all-powerful Creator, who authored the Bible, keep His promise and remove people from the land they were given if they continue committing abominations—perverse actions?

Many, especially in the West, would claim this has no application today. But are they correct?

The Solution!

This degenerate world is rotting, dying from every form of spiritual cancer—and the deviant behavior of human beings demonstrates this. The “unfruitful works of darkness” (Eph. 5:11) are spreading. And man’s choices throughout the ages have produced weird, perverse people. Hosea 5:7 states, “They have dealt treacherously against the Lord: for they have begotten strange children.”

Bizarre behavior is a result of bizarre thoughts—unsound thinking. But those who are led by God’s Holy Spirit are empowered to lead a balanced life, different from the rest of the world. Notice II Timothy: “For God has not given us the Spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (1:7).

Only a few people truly live God’s way of life, a way of soundness—common sense—the opposite of the behavior we have studied in this report. Those who live in accordance with God’s Law will also be protected from some of the worst conduct, and utterly bizarre, vile behavior, soon to come on this earth.

The cause of the world’s twisted thinking and behavior is a result of mankind being cut off from God (Isa. 59:2-3). If left apart from God, the degenerate behavior which is becoming commonplace—normal—will only grow worse.

God’s way of living is quickly becoming a rarity. Persons exhibiting godly character stand out in stark contrast to the world around them—which continues toward extremes.

However, a day is coming when God will offer His Spirit to all human beings, resulting in worldwide peace and prosperity. Mankind will be offered the sound mind of God, bringing lives of balance and right thinking, of joy and happiness. In this coming day, all of the abnormal conduct, seen in this report, will be a thing of the past.

But you need not wait until then to take action—God is offering His spirit to a few now. While billions of people ignore God, “doing their own thing,” you can decide to go the other way. You can live God’s Way. His Holy Spirit brings a life of true happiness and right thinking, otherwise blocked from mankind.

To learn more about this process of receiving God’s Spirit, read our booklet What Is True Conversion?

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