DON'T we sometimes feel that if only a certain person were
removed from our lives--or from the world scene--all would be
harmony? But, in fact, aggression and domination aren't confined to
any single person or national figure. These evils appear to crop up
continually to cause national and world unease. Such has been the
case from early Bible days and before, right up to the present time.
The book of Job, for example, describes the nature of error this
way: "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the
Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the
Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from
walking up and down in it." This description, giving as it does a
picture of impudent, busy evil, helps to put a baffling problem
into more understandable terms. We know that the concept of a
personal devil with leering face and horns has long been abandoned,
but evil certainly does seem rampant, always appearing to find
expression in persons through unkindness, cruelty, crime, and so on.
In the Bible the prophet Habakkuk says of God, "Thou art of
purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity."
This cannot mean that we should shut our eyes or turn our heads
away from wrong. In fulfilling our individual role in the world, we
cannot ignore problems. But we do need to look more deeply into the
one great cause that we call God so that practical solutions may be
found. If God could be evil, wicked, or sinful, then the whole of
creation would fall apart.
God, however, is wholly good, and His creation is good. God,
good, can no more see evil than light can recognize darkness. Light
banishes darkness. Our premise, then, must be that because God is
good and knows only good, evil has no power. And as we understand
more of the absolute goodness of God, we reflect His power to
overcome any suggestion of evil. We begin to see that perfect,
omnipotent God creates perfect man altogether good.
Man is not a material, struggling, lonely entity. In truth, man
is a spiritual idea--invulnerable, ageless, at one with God,
complete and cared for. We are able to turn to these spiritual
facts at any moment, accept them, make them our own, and prove them
in daily life. When understood, they bring healthful and abundant
Our heavenly Father, perfect and eternal, could never be
anything other than good. This unique, ever-loving cause creates
man in His image--spiritual and complete--and sees His creation as
perfect, indestructible, joyful, fulfilled.
Evil could never be created by omnipotent God. God's creation is
perfect, eternal, sinless. God, infinite Love, could never
envisage, behold, or create a sinner. While insisting on evil as
unreal, God's, Love's, demands are for each one to express God's
qualities--and our expression of God is our strength to defeat the
claims of sickness or evil that would try to dominate. …