Sadly in recent times, the use of the word 'Evil' has entered into the public conversation. With atrocities becoming an almost daily occurrence, such as, the beheadings of infidels, the Paris attacks, a number of gun related massacres in US, murders on our streets and one punch fatalities.
This names only a few of the prevailing horrors which characterize our enlightened age. These deeds have awoken our consciousness to the reality of Evil. I feel a powerful sense of internal outrage 'ignited' within me, when someone can inflict, and enjoying inflicting, savagery and suffering on others, intentionally causing death.
Furthermore, I feel a sense of bewilderment by our leaders and citizenry? Collectively we are struggling to understand the advance of Evil. In my view, society's astonishment over these deeds arises from the slow but ineluctable drift of the public mind from the biblical view of man and the world.
In other words, when we look at the world from God's perspective, the existence of Evil is explained as the natural consequence fallen human nature and a personal Devil.
Now of course, the latter notion of the Devil or Satan is scoffed at by the luminaries of our era, as belonging to our benighted religious past. Nietzche and those philosophers who have followed in his wake aver that it's just not helpful to think in terms of evil and good. The claim is it's oppressive to the human spirit and only exacerbates the problem. They contend that Evil is a concept that we can do without, if we are to continue on our upward ascent as a species.
Perhaps if Nietzche were alive, he could offer his opinion, to placate a mother's anguish who has just lost her son to a one punch drunk. Butwe in the real world struggle to understand the maelstrom of horrors that we face daily.
The Bible's explanation for the Existence of Evil
The apostle Paul says: For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
This verse introduces to us, the notion of Cosmic Dualism. Simply put, beyond the visible reality that we can see and touch there is a spiritual reality. Wherein two opposing forces are engaged in cosmic conflict. The forces of Good against the forces of Evil, God verses Satan, Light verses Darkness. The antecedent for this idea is found, in the latter chapters of Daniel.
Jesus endorsed this view during his ministry. In the garden before his death, he comments 'But this is your hour-when darkness reigns." Luke chapter 22 verse 5. On the return of his disciples from their appointed mission, he alludes their battle with evil, ....And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Luke chapter 10 verse 18
Moreover immediately ensuing his baptism, Satan confronts Jesus in hope of completely derailing his mission, by offering all the glory of this world. Satan said 'for it is mine to give'.
I don't need to cite all the other passages which elaborate on the celestial conflict taking place on earth. I'm selecting one topic among so many to demonstrate the reality of this conflict between Evil and Good.
We are living in a world marked by violence, brutality and all manner barbarity. As heinous and despicable as these acts of Evil are and without trivializing their significance, nonetheless there is a greater Evil yet.
Consider this! In almost half of the world's countries
- Being a Christian is illegal.
- It is punishable by death in many countries to practice your faith.
- Churches are banned or burnt to the ground.
- Reading or owning a Bible is a capital offense.
- Christians are heavily taxed, murdered, raped and discriminated against.
- They can have their property and wealth confiscated, with no recourse to the law to recover their loss.
- Christians are denied access to education, employment and job promotions.
- Witnessing about Jesus Christ receives the death penalty.
Perhaps this depiction of reality is so far removed from us, we fail to see the intensity of the battle being fought. Satan is throwing all his might behind silencing the proclamation of the truth.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the light of the world. It alone gives life and restoration. Consequently, Satan's chief ambition is to ensure that it is not heard, by banning the Bible, silencing Christians so that the Evil will prevail, and thereby topping our fallen world from hearing the truth.
Notwithstanding Satan's violent opposition to the purposes of God, God will triumph ultimately. For the light shines (present tense) in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome (aorist tense) it. John chapter 1 verse 5. The world was changed forever, when Jesus rose from the dead.
There is now nothing, which can stop the Good from defeating Evil.
Vic Matthews enjoys reading and speaking out Christian theology. He has three degrees B.Optom, B.Arts & B. Christian Studies. He has recently retired from full time work as an Optometrist to become a Christian Copywriter. He can be found at www.trustworthycopywriter.com