God did not create “Evil,” therefore Evil doesn’t exist.
However, God did create a sense of “Right” and “Wrong” within us, so that mankind could distinguish between what is actually “Good” and what is merely perverted “Goodness” (Evil).
We called this “Objective Morality” in our last blog discussion.
So hopefully these philosophical ideals do one of two things for you: (1) either you should be relieved because this means that sin, or Evil, is only a perversion of something “Good” that God has in store for you, (2) and/or you now have some sort of hope of overcoming the Evil within this world.
How will you overcome this Darkness? With it’s opposite: the Light of Christ (love). This leads us to our new topic: the hope of the world. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. First, let’s discuss the freedom found within the Christian faith.
“It’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom.” —William Wallace, Braveheart.
Now that we understand that Evil is only a perversion of something that is “Good,” one must only seek out the source of that “Goodness” to obtain life. For example, as Christians we understand that sexual intercourse is of itself not Evil within the confines of marriage. It is only destructive when it is abused and committed in acts of fornication or adultery.
Do you see where I am going with this?
There is liberty in the Christian faith, not restraint! There is freedom, not confinement. So long as we know the source of “Goodness” (Jesus), we cannot commit evil… just like it would be senseless to try and spend counterfeit money (Evil) when it is more sensible to spend real monetary currency (God’s Goodness).
Author Timothy Keller in his book, The Reason for God, writes:
“James 1:17 says, ‘Every good and perfect gift comes down from the above… from the father of lights.’ This means that no matter who performs it, every act of goodness, wisdom, talent, and beauty is empowered by God…. He casts them across all humanity, regardless of religious conviction, race, gender, or any other attribute to enrich, brighten, and preserve the world” (2008, p.54).
Thus, all “Goodness” found within humanity has been made available to us because God makes it available! This explains why even the irreligious person can have higher moral standards than the newborn Christian. The non-believer can access the “Goodness” of God despite living in his or her own state of perverted “Goodness.”
This is why secularists and non-Christians always attest to the character flaws within Christians. In fact, it was Mahatma Gandhi who said, “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
However, Christian theology never claims to have an all-perfect community of believers. On the contrary, it asserts that we have a perfect God who helps guide imperfect persons. He recalibrates our “moral compasses,” so to speak.
This relates back to our previous post of “Objective Morality.” We all have a natural intuition of “Right” and “Wrong”—once we understand where those morals come from, we can discover our purpose.
I must note the key difference between Christian and secularistic morality is that theists (in general) believe that humanity is held accountable for their actions of “Right” and “Wrong.” The god of atheism (or lack thereof) premises, “There is no judgment; do whatever seems right in your own eyes.” The God of Christianity says every man and woman will be judged, “each one according to his works” (Revelation 20:13).
Of course, we must keep in mind that Christ was the propitiation of this judgment of “works” for us. Thus, as Christians, we have gained favor with God because we accepted Christ’s “Goodness” and sacrifice.
The purpose behind the “Goodness”
We are then left with a choice: either we can try to earn “Goodness” through our own naturalistic means (and risk falling into the trap of perverted “Goodness”) or we can open our eyes to the purpose behind the “Goodness”: the grace of God.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:9).
It is through the grace of God that we find our purpose in life, which is to relay his “Goodness” to the world! The answer to today’s problems must be dealt with by sharing Christ’s love for tomorrow.
There is a malicious darkness, like a disease, that runs rampant on earth; it is called sin—the perversion of “Goodness.” Christ promises that all we have to do is shine his light in the darkness, because, of course, he has already dealt with sin on the cross.
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14).
The sooner the world realizes there is no more “sin” issue (or Evil) to deal with, the sooner it will discover the “Goodness” that Christ left behind: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).