A Jealous God
Jeffrey Dahmer (d. 1994, aka “The Milwaukee Monster”) was one of the most infamous serial killers in the United States. In 1991 he was convicted for the brutal torture and murder of sixteen people. In most cases, he had cannibalized his victims, and in some cases performed necrophilia. Dahmer was a sodomite and had also been convicted of child molestation. On November 28, 1994, he was bludgeoned to death by a fellow inmate (it is believed the guards knew the inmate’s intentions and allowed the killing to take place, so as to rid the world of such a monster). The day after Dahmer was killed, the TV show Dateline NBC broadcast an interview they had conducted with him earlier that same year. The transcript of that interview is quite an eye-opener.
Dahmer had been a convinced atheist. He admitted that his disbelief in God led him to commit those horrid crimes:
If you don’t…think there is a God to be accountable to, then…what’s the point of trying to modify your behavior to keep it in acceptable ranges? That’s how I thought anyway. I always believed the theory of evolution as truth, that we all just came from slime. When we…died, you know, that was it, there was nothing. (Quote from the transcript of an interview with Jeffrey Dahmer on Dateline NBC, broadcast 11/29/1994). After his trial, Dahmer found he could not explain his feelings of guilt; of right and wrong, against his atheistic worldview. He started reading the Bible. He became a “born again” Protestant. In that final interview, Dahmer stated, “I’ve since come to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is truly God, and I believe that I, as well as everyone else, will be accountable to him (sic).” (Ibid—Dahmer claimed he was “prepared to die” and didn’t deserve to live after what he had done).