Sunday, 29 April 2018
If there is no devil and no dark forces then where does evil come from?
What we call evil is mostly the actions of ignorant human beings with free will, usually inspired by fear. Or the indifferent actions of Nature.
Some human beings will embrace a kind of Spiritual Dualism and choose evil over good.
But I believe that Dualism is a false theology.
God is One and His creation is good.
Then how do we explain creeping things and serpents and scorpions, and wild animals like lions and tigers?
My thesis is that these things are manifestation of fear - they say, "be scared of me".
And they have evolved by way of that fear.
Fear drives violence and greed.
It results in war and economic oppression.
But contact with God assuages our fears.
And propagates peace.
"The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
the lion shall eat straw like the ox......
......They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain." Isaiah 65:25 (NRSV)
So the problem is not evil but fear.
So what becomes of them after they die?
Perhaps, like the larvae, they are transformed into beautiful butterflies.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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