Before I get into this topic, I have an announcement. I recently auditioned for Scenes and Beans, Brandilyn Collin’s character blog for her new
Kanner Lake series. Violet Dawn is the first book in the series. I learnd on Monday that I’ve been selected to participate! I’m thrilled about that and I hope you’ll take time to keep up with what is sure to be an entertaining blog.
Now on to the topic. I’m sure the thoughts I’ll present here have already been considered by the brightest minds. Becky Miller has an awesome discussion going on about evil right now at her blog. She quotes Ted Dekker:
I refuse to become complicit with evil by characterizing that nasty, nasty stuff in a way that softens its destructive bite. Doing so would not only be deceptive but it would undermine the great victory won by our hero in His majestic defeat of this terrible villian called evil. They want stories about the light without turning an eye to the darkness it dispells, which ultimately negates the need for such light.
Here’s another school of thought on the subject. Many of you are probably already familiar with this. I can’t be sure of the source. . .but it is another perspective.
Cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Everybody or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 F) is the total absence of heat; and all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat.
Darknss does not exist. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.
Evil does not exist, at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light.
— Albert Einstein (I can’t verify this, of course)