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Joran van der Sloot's Sea of Selfishness 02/15/2008

Joran van der Sloot

The Aruban teen appears to be destructively self-centered.

"I know what happened to that girl," Joran van der Sloot admitted in an undercover operation conducted to reveal the fate of missing teen Natalie Holloway. The release of the hidden camera conversation just a few weeks after the Aruban investigation was officially closed has sparked a firestorm of speculation and accusation surrounding this now infamous case.

And though it appears to confirm the suspicions of many people – that the Aruban teen drugged the American girl, panicked when she lost consciousness and then had her body dumped at sea – the underlying depiction of an arrogant young man with a complete disregard for anyone but himself illustrates the depravity of self-centeredness.

From the beginning, van der Sloot appeared to be the worst kind of self-absorbed kid. A predatory playboy by his own admission, he told ABC News, "In Aruba that was part of my lifestyle ... going out, being single and picking up girls. Going out with them, having a good time and then saying goodbye."

In the undercover tape, he says that Natalie appeared to be dead on the beach, but admits that she could have been in a coma. Instead of seeking medical attention, which should be the natural concern, he called a friend to help dispose of her body. At best, his actions could be deemed selfish and foolish. At worst (if she was still alive), it could be considered cold-blooded murder.

During the investigation, the boy told various versions of the “truth,” changing his story when evidence or witnesses contradicted his words. As the case closed in December of last year, he remained mute.

"They have nothing," van der Sloot said of the Aruban authorities. "I laughed at them, those investigators. I didn't say a word. I invoked my right to remain silent."

"Will they ever find her, do you think?" his friend asked.

"No," van der Sloot said. "The only thing I still want is a big fat compensation check" for treatment by authorities in Aruba.

Imagine the arrogance and self-delusion. If the case turns out to be as it appears, he took advantage of a young girl, buried her body at sea and now seeks money from those trying to find the truth!

Without a belief in God – someone who knows and sees everything we do – and in a final reckoning for our words and deeds here on earth, there is little motivation for virtue. Self-preservation becomes the only concern. The suffering of others does not matter.

This is the attitude that haunts our world. It causes destruction and death everywhere – from the mayhem in the Middle East to the tribal wars of Africa to the idyllic paradise of the Caribbean.

If we need to find any reason at all to rise above our base human instincts and live a life outside of our own selfish desires, we simply need to look at Joran van der Sloot. The wages of sin is death and selfishness is one of the most destructive sins. We must all look beyond ourselves to find a greater reason for living. We must search for true love, compassion and goodness. Without a greater power in our lives, we, too, become lost in the sea of self-centeredness.

Of Natalie Holloway, van der Sloot said, "She'll never be found." But I pray that we will all be found by God’s saving mercy and grace, so that we can give hope and love to a lost world.


Author: James Robison

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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.