What is the truth about evil? And how do we move away from evil into a place of goodness and peace? These are important questions we will tackle in this post.
Have you ever thought about this question: What Is Evil? What is the truth about evil? This is a very weighty question! And one that we need to answer in our lives. Do you know and can you define what evil is? Not accidents or mistakes, but true moral evil. And where does it come from? This is not necessarily a feel-good topic, but today one we really should discuss.
Evil is the absence of God.
This is not the definitive word on evil or even a thorough definition. And it will not even begin to scratch the surface of this topic, but boiled down to its essence, evil is the absence of the God of the Bible.
How Does Evil Florish
When we push God out of our lives, out of our country, out of our world, He WILL leave. He will never force himself or His presence on anyone. And when God leaves, He leaves a great big V-O-I-D. It is in that void that evil flourishes, no abounds!
A Teaching From Jesus
Jesus, in the Sermon On The Mount, said…
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, to show that you are the children of your Father in heaven, for He makes the sun shine on the wicked and the good, and makes the rain fall on the upright and the evildoers.”
Let’s highlight one part of this scripture that is not the main meaning of this passage, but will give us insight into good and evil.
Jesus says that God “makes the sun shine on the wicked and the good, and “makes the rain fall on the upright and the evildoers.” What Jesus is saying, and the Jews of the day would understand this, is God’s grace and goodness are on all people both good and evil. Rain in the bible can be a symbol of blessing.
In ancient times, God would withhold the rains when His people turned away from Him and acted evil. It was a sign to the people, a way of God saying, “You better watch and turn back to Me.”
That’s not to say that droughts today are God’s way of warning us about evil in our lives and the lives of nations. Here is what this passage is saying: God’s grace and mercy to everyone is a way of showing who He is and His love for all of us! And because of His great blessings, love, and mercy, all people should want to turn to Him.
The Hard Truth
But there are people who don’t accept, acknowledge, or believe in God or His great love and benevolence to all of us. They choose to turn their backs on Him and go their own way. And left to our own devices, we can begin a very dark spiral into evil, a pit without the presence of God!
When we take this deadly path, evil abounds. And the saddest thing is the consequences of evil, the fallout. It ripples out onto those around the wicked. Evil is not discriminating. It affects everyone: the evil, the good, the innocent! For example, we can easily see the horrific fallout of sin and evil on the lives of an abuser’s family. Innocents most often suffer! We have seen the heartbreaking fallout of evil in the violence in our own country and the horrific terroristic activity worldwide.
How To Stop Evil
Then how do we, as individuals, curb evil. The answer is easy.
Turn to the God of the Bible. The God of the Old and New Testament.
We all have a choice. God gave the same choice to the Jews centuries ago as they were just about to head into the promised land of Israel, the land God promised them according to His word. God said,
I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the cures. So choose life in order that you may live, and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him, for this is your life and length of days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your father, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them. Deut. 30: 19a
The Jews had a choice. To choose life or death, blessings or curses. Like a multiple-choice test. And God even gave them the correct answer!
- A. life and blessings
- B. death and curses
- C. Choose “A”
This test was not only for the ancient Jews. It’s for us, too.
What have you chosen? Evil is a sure sign of failing the test! But here is the great news: God will let us retake the test. He loves you and is waiting for you with open, nail-pierced hands.
Here’s what I’m meditating on this week..,
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Rom 12:21