THE DIFFICULTY IN DEALING WITH EVIL, AND HOW GOD EQUIPPED US TO DISCERN IT AND STAND UP TO IT.
Jesus spoke to His disciples (and all believers who desire good to prevail) about how to learn to deal with evil tactics, yet remain fair and strong in conviction for moral standards.
Jesus: “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues (Impeach you, take away your voice); yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you (fights for corruption to prevail and come into power over you) will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them”.
It is a precarious balance to deal with the machinations of evil. Our solid ground is this: Genuine care and love for others, our country, and for God elevates our perception. If we are centered in these loves first, we can discern things better, and not react as much from old patterns of rage and from unjust treatment in the past. Those who are in the good do not have the same kind of zeal for power and control as those in evil because those in good have a conscience and temper their actions, while those in evil do not think of others, but are aggressive to control, to manipulate, even with cruelty, while trying to look good (‘they think they act in God’s service’). Genuine Good is love and innocence bonded in our soul. Everyone has within them what the Bible calls ‘remains’. Remains refers to the innocence inside us from childhood. They are from times we loved parents and playmates purely, without any other motive than to engage and be present with love and enthusiasm (enthusiasm means God within); and by doing this love and innocence was bonded in our soul. These are times when we played with things and others with pure enthusiasm, when we loved parents, animals, nature and playmates. As we grow up God uses remains to regenerate us from evil. We cannot receive God – at all! – without humility; and innocence is the heart of humility. Remains are a quality of feeling in our souls memory that have gone dormant but that we can incorporate into our adult self as we remember and contemplate. Innocence incorporated with intelligence becomes wisdom. The irony is that innocence is the source of real strength and peace. It gives the Strength and clarity to stand up to evil and expose it without us being consumed in hate which is evils intent.
I give this painstaking definition of ‘Good’ because the evil always seeks to relativize good and evil. They will say ‘who are you to say what good is’. The more we understand what it is spiritually within our self the better we will understand it outside ourself, and will be able to stand up to it. In truth, there is no relativizing good and evil. It is utterly clear, especially in the spiritual world, that they are in complete antipathy.