The Problem Of Evil
August 10, 2003
Our Beliefs Give Evil A Face With
Evil is always someone or
something else. It seldom has anything to do with us who are often the innocent victims. We become
observers of the evening news and shake our heads.
The Devil is the author and
creator of evil in the world. This prince of darkness stalks us, tempts us and turns nation against
nation. The objective of this evil force is to compete with God for the souls of humankind.
The purpose of this being is to capture every soul possible so that each can spend
eternity in Hell surrounded by everlasting torment.
Evil is easily recognized. Children's cartoons always distinguish the hero from the villain. We see Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker
as the two poles that epitomize darkness and light.
Evil is what Hitler did to the
Jews. It was like a crippling disease of the mind that warped people's thinking so that even
doctors, who once were dedicated to the preservation of life, found themselves experimenting on
live subjects with a sense of purpose that was deemed appropriate.
The "war on terrorism" is an
example of righteous indignation. Good people cannot stand by and do nothing. Evil must be
rooted out and destroyed. Perhaps murder is not murder when it is committed for "just"
As we examine many of our
"heroes," e.g., James Bond and the various characters portrayed by Clint Eastwood, Charles
Bronson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, we are being conditioned with the idea that
fighting fire with fire can be a righteous act. The images of evil suddenly develop many gray
areas. The cause of "justice" overrides the amoral character qualities and skills of
spirit exhibited by our "saviors." This image is a
deep rooted archetype that goes back to David and
There is no "Evil Being" called
Satan. Questions: Who created this being? What would be the purpose of Hell or any endless
suffering and abandonment of souls by a God who exhibits unconditional love? Have the
fears and perceptions of ancient writers been transported into the thought patterns
of every subsequent generation because of how they idolize the Bible? Evil originates
with a judgment made through the perception of each person's belief system.
Evil is nothing more than thoughts
and deeds created by people who are making mistakes in their decision-making processes,
e.g., "I can have something of value by taking it." "I can gain power through hurt, fear and
intimidation." "I can destroy my enemies by creating and spreading a virus for which there is
Our Personal Struggle With Evil
Evil begins in innocence. We
become hurt and in response, our minds begin to create various judgments, e.g., "I don't
like this person." "One day I will stand up for myself and 'settle the score'." "He cannot be
allowed to get away with this." "Beauty is only skin deep, besides, she's an air-head."
Without a mentor or teacher to
intervene and correct what we are creating with our judgments, our thought patterns will
create a response pattern. Response patterns can become addictive, shaping our
worldview. Good and evil become very clear to us. We associate evil with what causes us
pain and suffering. We are not aware that pain and suffering are responses that come
from choice patterns we have created. We begin to blame others for our circumstances
and resulting torment. We are capable of creating response patterns that will display
similar results as those of students' during the Columbine High School mayhem.
Evil begins with innocent
fantasies, e.g., elementary school boys looking up the dresses of their female classmates. If remained
unchecked, the desire pattern grows and inspires the impulse to plant hidden cameras in
dressing rooms. Voyeurism becomes a pleasurable obsession. Or, physically attractive
girls begin using their charms to lure and control boys. As women they may begin to rely on
and use their physical attributes to achieve success and power. Their confidence rests in
their external form, which unavoidably deteriorates as they age.
Evil begins with innocent
ambition. Rather than developing marketable skills and character qualities that would make them the
"employee of the month" every month, some learn to manipulate, compromise, and connive
to achieve their goals. The intense desire to have what this world offers, blinds them
to the path that would give them everything. Such persons often achieve their material
goals without leaving the starting gates in their spirit's quest for refinement. Through a
sequence of decisions, they silence their conscience, inner voice and gyroscope that were
designed to provide guidance. Evil does not need a Devil or Satan to sink its manipulative
tentacles into the core of what motivates us. All it takes is the desire to have the fruit without
growing the tree.
What we have labeled as "evil"
flourishes when loving energy is absent in people. The mistake is in the belief that one can
gain something of lasting value by pursuing and acquiring anything that belongs in
and to our physical world, a world that is constantly changing. The reality is that the
wealth and prestige achieved during success in the material world cannot be applied in the realm
of existence one eventually enters when one leave the body, a realm where all physical
symbols and their meaning cease to exist.
Paths To Healing -- What To Remember
Our actual identity will remain
unknown to us. We were born "spiritually blind" in order to face the life issues that will come,
issues that provide the means for our refinement.
Every experience and episode of
life will appear as though it was specifically designed for us. No one, including God, cares
whether we learn our lessons or not as each experience demands a response. We can only
engage in growth or delay. God possesses infinite patience and loves us more than we
can imagine. As the father of the prodigal son, God simply waits. As we discover and use
loving energy to create, salvation will eventually come to everyone.
We cannot hide anywhere. Excuses
and alibis, as justified as they may be to us, are meaningless. We are on the stage
alone. Our responses are weighed on the scales that measure the radiation levels of
loving energy during the moments of our personal education. These scales hang within us. We
cannot enter "the Kingdom" wielding a symbolic sword of any kind, e.g., attitudes, hostility,
self-righteousness, personality piety, suicide bombings, etc.
Love is a learned response. Once
we understand loving energy and how it modifies what we create, we become angels in the
flesh. We can go to the cross without calling for the destruction of our detractors. The
desire to defeat anyone, gives way to a hope that we can teach others by how we respond to
their mistaken judgments. Discovering and adopting this thought pattern will create a new
wave of thinking as we reinterpret the concept of how salvation is experienced.