Evil is the consequence of free will. We can’t get rid of evil without denying people their God-given freedom to think for themselves. The world is not perfect and 83
should not be, for, if it were, there would be nothing for the next generation to do. This is why the Christian hope for a time when everything is perfect is heretical.
The ideas of a judgment day and a time when the bad people get it in the neck are fallacious. It’s not going to happen because that’s not the way it works. We have to be able to say “No” in order for our “Yes” to mean something.
Evil is part of the ocean in which our spiritual selves must learn to swim
Evil is the necessary consequence of the Divine’s will to create and invite everything to become. With our free will we have a choice. We can, and some do, refuse and willfully deny that invitation. The genius of the Christian faith is that as a result of the crucifixion and resurrection, the Risen Christ can, by our invitation, become our companion along the way. Then we do not stand alone, nor are we responsible for the defeat of evil.
The continual reemergence of truth, the drive to create and become, is inevitable. It’s the nature of things. Evil isolates us, and the companionship of the Risen Christ does away with our aloneness, for he has “been there, done that and has the T-shirt” to prove it.
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