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Rachel Scott

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The Rose of Columbine

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Rachel Scott was one of the victims of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20th, 1999.

Her father, Darrell Scott, gives testimony to Rachel's beliefs and expounds on the situation that most have never heard on the evening news. He speaks of heroics in the face of certain death as teachers and a student, Darrell's daughter, made a brave decision on that day. But she did what came naturally to her based on the love she knew and live by.

You can listen to Darrel Scott's discussion on one of the audio links on this page. I recently recorded a video with the same title of Darrell Scott's audio discussion. Continue to read about the circumstances surrounding the Columbine High School incident below.

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After Rachel's death, Darrell, reads from Rachel's diary, pointing out Rachel knew of her demise before incidents began to unfold at Columbine High School. Darrel mentions her friends heard her say,

"I will not live long
enough to get married."

Somehow, Rachel knew she was going to die. She prayed asking God to use her for His kingdom before her time would come to an end. Little did she know her story would touch the lives of millions across the United States.

The Christian life would seem strange to those on the outside. We are not driven by the usual passions and motivations. Our actions can easily be misinterpreted. But one mark which should be seen in the Christian life is sacrifice. But this is not a burden in the sense as it would seem to non-Christians. The things of this present world grow strangely dim as the Bible expresses and the man or women who call Christ their Savior experience.

Rachel knew this very well and did not fear death but accepted what would be the end of her life with her strong faith. Not a blind faith but one we can read of in Scripture, which has been recorded during the past several thousand years and can be tested true. I mention this because you might be one on the outside looking in and wondering about the validity of the Bible and the Christian faith. It is good to ask these questions. By doing so, one can make an educated decision on the faith. But faith, of course, in and of itself is not dependent on education but on belief. Click on the link above labeled 'validity' and read the pop-up box and see this link as well; Witness.

The Bible tells us,

"... faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." 1

What an interesting concept to put into practice. Faith is substance. Faith is something tangible and not just an invisible force that eludes our senses. With all the doubt and fear, we can have faith. Rachel had a faith that was immovable. Jesus has told us we must be childlike to enter the Kingdom. He was speaking of the afterlife we all wonder about. We ask if such a place can exist or is this an esoteric concept meant to guide society. Note the difference between fear and faith. I believe we see both of them working here in this story, and it also plays a part in our daily lives. Rachel gives us an example of faith few Christians in the West ever express.

Rachel did not flinch at death. She followed Jesus' teaching. She truly loved her neighbor. She was good at that simply because she truly did love God. That is what Christianity is all about: A love relationship that breaks the bonds of this world. When Rachel said yes to the question, "Do you believe in God?", She was not giving a textbook response, but one of passion and love - the love she valued can only be experienced by a believer which comes from knowing God. And perhaps we can find her character in the words of Jesus as we find them in the Gospel of Matthew;

"No one takes my life from me. I lay it down freely." 2

Let's read Jesus' words from the Gospel of John chapter 10 verses 14 through 18:

John 10:14-18
14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own, and I am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, I also know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep which are not of this fold. It behooves Me to bring those also, and they will hear My voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.
17 Because of this, the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again.
18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it again. This commandment I received from My Father.

Berean Literal Bible

How sure was Jesus' statements that He was laying His life down with purpose and intent? How confident was Jesus of Nazareth about His authority which we just read of in the previous Bible verses?

Let's read a bit more and look at what Jesus expressed during one of His trials that would lead to His crucifixion. And remember Jesus, is talking to His judge, jury, and executioner during this trial. He had already been scourged by a cat of nine tails which was specially designed to break bones, tear flesh off the human body, and even disemboweled those who received this torture.

The torture was designed to extract a confession of guilt so crimes committed in the area may be resolved. But Jesus had no words to speak. The stripes He took upon His back would land with all the might that they were to be delivered with. He would bear the full brunt of the whip; He would bear the sins of the world. As the prophet Isaiah mentions 750 years before Jesus' birth, "He remained silent before His shearers."3 but He accused no one here nor confessed any guilt. He could have mentioned any one of our sins which He would be guilty of due on our behalf.

We have a voice. We can say the salvation prayer. We can make a choice and accept Jesus as a Lord and Savior. We can confess that we need a Savior based on what we have found and discussed in the Bible and a conscience rising from within ourselves.

After this torture, which left Him so disfigured you could not make Him out to be a man, the Roman guard beat a crown of thorns on His head with sticks and forced the sharply spiked crown into the scalp of Jesus' head, mocking His Kingship while verbally abusing Him as well.

Pilate had just heard that Jesus called Himself the Son of God.

Starting in the Gospel of John chapter nineteen verse eight:

John 19:8
8 Therefore when Pilate heard this word, he was even more afraid.
9 And he went into the Praetorium again, and he says to Jesus, "Where are You from?" But Jesus did not give him an answer.

Let's stop here for a moment and understand what is taking place:

Understand the questioning here is designed in the ancient courts of Rome to give the defendant a plea for his case. By not answering Pilate, Jesus was giving no defense for Himself. Pilate was astounded by Jesus' silence. He could not believe after the torture He had gone through that, Jesus remained silent in his presence.

10 Therefore Pilate says to Him, "Do You not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?"

Jesus answered him,

"You would have no authority over Me, if it were not given to you from above.

Because of this, the one having delivered Me up to you has greater sin."

Jesus not only tells Pilate , ruthless Pilate, I might add as he was known historically,

"you have NO AUTHORITY",

He also passes judgment on His accusers!

Though Pilate was the most powerful man in this region, Jesus the Christ was in control and even passed judgment Himself on His accusers right there in court speaking to Pilate during His trial!

Note we just read previously that Jesus has the authority to lay down His life and take it back again, that is, come back to life from the dead! Please understand this is not poetry. The Messiah, the Suffering Servant Messiah the Rabbis understood from the Torah was to be cut off from life.

Once you receive Jesus as your Savior, you are a son or daughter of God, and nothing on earth can change that!

Rachel had made her choice to stand with Jesus regardless of what her assassins believed. This is the One Rachel knew as her Savior! When I say knew; I mean to say through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit one receives when you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, you become born again and have this intimate relationship with the God of Love Who loves the world so so very much!

Rachel's Choice was hers and hers alone. She chose eternal life. Although it seemed she had no choice on that day, she had a choice because love offers more than what this world can offer. She made one that focused on eternity and not in this present time we are in. And she was the only one asked - the only one given an option. Why?

Note the mark that brought her demise was her answer to the question:

Do you believe in God?


Rachel's Tears

One cannot help but get an eerie feeling as Darrel Scott explains how a man had called him late one evening, speaking of a dream he kept on having over and over again. The man mentions he saw in his dreams a drawing of tears watering a rose. Somehow he knew it related to Rachel Scott. Darrell tells the caller he does not know what the dream means. The caller assures Darrel of his sincerity, expressing he is a businessman and is not given over to esoteric ideas.

He told Darrel he felt he had to call him and tell him somehow he felt the dream was related to Rachel.

Sometime later, Darrell receives Rachel's backpack from the police with her diary in it. Darrel sees the drawing of the rose in the diary which she drew and Rachel's statements about her own death. She knew, somehow, her time was limited.
She knew her death would be a homicide and that it would take place shortly.

Rachel had written in her diary the following statements

Rachel Scott Columbine High School Student

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"I am dying...
Quickly my soul leaves.
Slowly my body withers.
It isn't suicide. I consider it homicide.
The world that you have created has led to my death."

Watch this nine-minute video as
Darrell Scott speaks of his daughter's demise. (00:09:05.00)

Thirteen people died senselessly that day. The youth were influenced to believe they were to make the world a better place by following in the footsteps of Hitler, of all people. The shooting was planned to be executed on Hitler's birthday.

Rachel was a faithful Christian. She lived her beliefs by showing kindness to her classmates. Her life exemplified what a Christian should be. She tried to share her faith in Jesus Christ, which she shared with her would-be assassins a few weeks beforehand.

Rachel was the first person shot. She received a bullet to her back and leg but did not die. Later the boys returned, and while Rachel was lying on the floor bleeding, she was asked if she still believed in God, and with a response of "Yes." she was fatally shot.

One thought that comes to mind is why the young murderers ask a question regarding whether God exists or not of Rachel. While all the other victims were never given a question or a chance to give a response - they were murdered outright - Rachel Scott was given a choice. Why is that the case? Think of the moral implications on both sides. One student went about being kind; the other was about to kill as many students as he could. One died for a God of love; the other student died for hate and evil.

Have you ever considered that Christians might be correct in their belief? That there is a God: and that this God is love. God has told us to love one another.

Why would children plan to murder their classmates, as we have seen in this tragic incident? Why would they ask one particular question of one individual and no one else?

Jesus tells us, I came to give life and life more abundantly. Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy.

John 10:10
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.

Perhaps the answer Rachel gave was the correct one!

Perhaps this is the question we are all asking.

Is there a God?

If there is a God, does He even care or has He any concern for us?

How come there is so much evil in this world?

But can we honestly ask this question of God

when we do not live by His rules which are to preserve life?

Think about this for a minute: Rachel was concerned with her neighbor's welfare. While a black student was harassed by these young assassins before he was shot simply for being black, Rachel had previously befriended the individual to make sure he did not feel excluded. This was part of Rachel's life. Meanwhile, her assassins plotted to follow in Hitler's footsteps by killing innocent individuals based on what they believed caused problems in their world. This was their way of solving social issues. Rachel had another way based on God's words we find in the Holy Bible.

Recently as I was updating this web page, a young girl was driven by some philosophical ideology that she could murder innocent children as young as six years of age in a school setting. Her ideological profile was far from Biblical morality. Biblical morality in our day is taught as a hate crime. This is the dark path of destruction our society is heading to. Some went as far as to say it's those Christians and their values that caused the problem.

Mother Teresa once said, If we can murder innocent children, there will be nothing left between you and me,
meaning if you do not see the wrong in killing children in their mother's womb, we will certainly kill one another.

The Bible tells us sin has brought death to this world. And we see this more and more in our culture. A culture that kills babies in the mother's womb has no place for ideas that oppose this way of thinking. This is what is happening in our schools as we see children murdering children. I personally believe this violence due to the murder of innocence will spill over onto onto our streets. I believe we have already experienced a foretaste of this.

Think for a moment: Christian values are deemed hateful. There can be no God, not alone, a God Whose key definition is love. People march in the street, yelling for their right to murder innocent children in the womb for the sake of what the Bible calls sinful living.

The wages of sin are truly death! And it is upon us by our own hands.
Our society is on this journey of self-destruction.

I believe if these young murderers found love and faith, which comes through knowing the God of the Bible, this tragedy would have never happened.

They would be on the other side of the gun responding with love which Rachel knew and lived by even at the point of death.

I would suggest you give this some thought. If we can see that there is evil and good in the world, we can determine there is a God of love and a devil who does evil.

I believe this is the question you are asking.

Is there a God, and if so, does He love me?

If you happen to be wondering about that right now, you are in the right place.

But the response you give will be yours and yours alone.

Perhaps if the right answer was given to these children, who were about to murder their classmates, at an earlier time in their young life might have placed them on a different path that might have led to another destination than the one they were on.

For them, it was too late. They had made a choice, and they took their own path. But for Rachel Scott, it was just the beginning of Eternal Life with the God she loved so much. There was nothing that was going to change that.

The Famed Ten Commandments in the Bible, which are not displayed in the public school system and are frowned upon, have as one of the commandments, "Do not murder." This command is coming from God directly. It is giving society a rule book to live by.

But we have the concept of the Separation of Church and State, which is not used in its original intent. Today, we have an abusive form of what our founding fathers here in the United States meant by these terms. The original meaning of these words was to keep a state religion from imposing its ideas by force upon other religious ideas.

By keeping Bibles out of school, we have the very concept of Separation of Church and State being violated. We have a philosophical concept of separation of ideas imposing itself upon another philosophical concept. So we have, by force, a conceptual ideology imposing itself upon another.

I have seen a video of a teacher holding a toy gun in front of young children in a elementary school. She was shooting at the most important man in America, the president of the United States. Guns in and of themselves are not evil. Ideas can bring life or death. Without guns, we could not defend ourselves from those who decide they will kill innocent people based on their philosophical concepts.

The Bible was used to teach children in our public school system how to read at one time in America. Today, they say you cannot have Bibles or verses from the Bible within a public school. One lawyer went as far as to defend a child who wore a shirt that said "Kill your Teacher." due to freedom of speech.

There is a day coming when we will be asked a question. It is said when we stand before God, there is one question God will ask of us. It will not be on how good or bad you might have been. You will not be graded on a curve. The question God will ask of each and everyone will be,

"What have you done with my Son Jesus?"

The question will be whether we believed Him and believed in Him.

That is, whether or not we have accepted the free gift of Salvation Jesus offered through His life, suffering, death, and resurrection.

Salvation and eternal Life are free gifts. They cannot be earned, as many believe they are. Just as Jesus gave up His life of His own free will, you must choose by your own free will whether you believe in Christ or not.

Today is your day to choose. No matter who you are or what you have done or what has happened to you, God loves you! By accepting Jesus, you will feel that love and know that this is true, which is precisely what Rachel Scott died for. She died for love. This is what Jesus died for. You can say a simple prayer found on the "Salvation" link directly above or recite if further along right on this page.

You may not be anything like these children who had gone so far astray as to commit murder.
But the Bible teaches us that all have gone astray and need a Savior. We are all descendants of Adam and Eve, so we must all be born again through the Spirit of God, given freely to anyone desiring the Spirit.

Your good deeds cannot earn you Heaven. My friend, only through the regeneration that takes place when one receives the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit is one counted worthy of Heaven, at which time you literally become a "New Creation," as we are told in Scripture. That new creation is what allows humanity entrance to Heaven. Without that, no one can be in God's presence due to the purity of God.

If I can say it like this - giving an analogy: A penguin lives in Antarctica on the ice and in the icy water. It cannot live in the arid plains of Africa. In the same way, someone who is not Born Again is not able to enter God's Kingdom, which will come to the earth after the Tribulation period. Once "Born Again," you become a New Creation, which is the transformation one needs to enter Heaven. You will find the Love of God is far beyond anything this temporal life has to offer. Rachel Scott knew this first hand. She expressed it in how she lived and what she stood for. The choice is yours. Will you make the right one?

What is the "evidence" that Rachel Scott produced when she was asked whether she believes in God or not? Her evidence was her life - the way she lived her life - all the good things she had done, as her father explains in his statements concerning his daughter heard in the audio message above. Ultimately we see she would not deny her belief in God, her faith, even at the point of death. She gave her life for her belief. Our faith in God has to be evidenced by the way we live our lives. Rachel, at her young age, did just that right up to the point of martyrdom.

Perhaps you are ready and would like to say a Prayer of Salvation.
Let's recite a prayer right now.

Dear Lord Jesus, please forgive me.
I believe you died on the Cross for me so that I might have eternal life.
You rose from the grave. You are alive today!
Please send me your Holy Spirit that I might live too.

Please take a moment and learn more about the Christian faith. See this link, "thoughts," and please give some regard to what you are reading. Venture through this website.

Today you are given a choice. Will you choose eternal life?

You can do so, and I strongly urge that you say yes to Jesus. Once you truly do, you will experience the peace and love Rachel Scott and countless millions would never say no to.

If this is the first time you are being exposed the the scriptures here and wonder about Jesus' mission. I want to reveal some more of Who Jesus is. I mentioned that Jesus was the Suffering Servant Messiah as we saw Him during His time on earth some 2,000 years ago. The Rabbis came up with the terms Moshiach Ben-Yosef as they say a suffering Messiah in the life of Joseph who saved his people. The Story of Joseph shows us Christ - Messiah at His first appearance upon the earth. The parallels is outstanding!. The Rabbis saw this Messiah. It was bewildering to them but we read in the Book of Daniel, "The Messiah (Anointed One) will be cut off but not for Himself". The Messiah will die!

Then we have the picture in the Torah, of the Conquering King Messiah, Messiah Ben David. King David shows us the role of the second coming of the Christ (Messiah). The outright prophecies in the Torah, "They shall look upon Me, the One they have pierced" and the lives lived out portraying the first and second coming of the Moshiach are they so humanity can see and be transformed by being born again after the pattern of the Second Adam Who is Jesus the Moshiach. Their can be no doubt. You must believe to escape what Messiah came to save us from! Below we will read a bit more of what Jesus had to say to us:

Matthew 25: 31-46
31 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne.

32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

33 He will place the sheep on His right and the goats on His left.

34 Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

35 For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in,

36 I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.?

37 Then the righteous will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink?

38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?

39 When did we see You sick or in prison and visit You??

40 And the King will reply, ?Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.?

41 Then He will say to those on His left, Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

42 For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink,

43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, I was naked and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.?

44 And they too will reply, Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You??

45 Then the King will answer, ?Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.?

46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.?

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  2John 10:18a; A paraphrase: Jesus tells us these words Himself as His time to fulfill prophecy was about to unfold.   3 Isiah 53:7 One of the Suffering Servant Messiah prophecies.

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