Spiritual & Biblical Interpretations of Life

Why There is an Equilibrium Between Good and Evil in the Structure of the Universe

Good And Evil
In contemplating equilibrium the question comes up, why must there be a balance between good and evil for life, and did God create evil. God did not create evil. The existence of evil is inevitable with freedom. This is what the story of the fall is about. It is important to understand that God is never anything less than pure love and wisdom. It is abhorrent to even think that the divine could think, create, or be evil. Understanding this seems to be very illusive, but it is extremely important. As said above man can only be man if he is in freedom, and for freedom to be freedom it includes the possiblity of willing evil. So man inevitable abuses freedom and it gradually came to be that there is an equilibrium between the two so that both can provide, but neither can compromise freedom. So evil is caused by man, not God, but God allows it so that man can have life. An important scripture that speaks to the inevitability of equilibrium in the universe and our place in it is this: “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” The first rule to receiving God is to resist evil; without strife we cannot appreciate harmony, without ugliness we cannot appreciate beauty. There must be contrast and variety for there to be life, growth, and perception. Contrast and variety provide the vitality in life. If everything were monotone, as in a white-out or black-out, there would be no perception or individual identity. This is why it is inherent to the life of humanity that it can not be otherwise that there is good and evil. Nevertheless, this philosophical truth does not take away from the terrible consequences of evil choices in life. This is what is meant by the statement, ‘woe to that man by whom the offence cometh.’ In the battle between good and evil, it is paramount that we favor the good in our heart. Whether it bears fruit or not, we must still try.


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