After gunfire broke out at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, a shooting victim was beside himself after stumbling out of the ordeal alive. However, things were far from over for the man, and he uttered 7 chilling words during a live televised interview that is making waves across the country.
Taylor Benge was attending Sunday’s Jason Aldean concert with his sister when he was horrified to hear the sound of gunshots. Unfortunately, he quickly realized that they were under attack and began to seek cover in hopes of surviving the 4-minute long shooting spree.
Police believe the shooting suspect, Stephen Paddock, 64, killed himself after shooting several rounds from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He shot into the music festival crowd of some 22,000 people around 10:08 p.m. local time. [Source: IJ Review]
In the end, an estimated 50 people were killed and another 400 people were left injured and taken to area hospitals for treatment. However, Benge was one of the people to come stumbling out of the concert alive – and he’s since received quite a bit of attention for the 7 words he uttered immediately afterward.
While telling CNN during a live televised interview about the horrors he had seen during the traumatic moment, it seems that’s not all that the shooting victim experienced during that time. “I was agnostic going into that concert,” Taylor Benge told CNN. “I’m a firm believer in God now, ’cause there’s no way that, ya know, that all that happened and I made it and I was blessed enough to still be here alive talking to you today.”
In all, it seems that Benge doesn’t believe he survived without help from God Himself and now states that there is a God after years of not believing. Saying that he saw “loved ones with their significant others holding them as they passed,” it was nothing short of a miracle that he made it out unscathed.
Of course, when surviving something so traumatic, it’s natural to look for an explanation to the question “why me?” Fortunately, Benge looked in the right direction as he saw a glimmer of good in something so horrible.
There’s no arguing that there is evil in this world, and sadly, that’s a horrific reality that came along with God granting us “free will.” It doesn’t take much to see that human beings can be – at times – the worst that this planet has to offer, given our species’ history.
Although God is still active in the world, guiding His plan along and rewarding those who follow Him, people are still able to be as destructive and disgusting as they choose to be. In the end, we’re all responsible for our own actions, and we will all be judged when our time comes. There are much worse things than spending the rest of your life in a jail cell, and Paddock is learning exactly that right now as he burns in hell – which is exactly what he deserves.