Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Inescapable Realities, II - Evil

While it is more than possible to hold an understanding of the world that has no place for evil, I find such doctrines truly disturbing. In the face of things almost all of us agree are wrong - rape, genocide, pedophilia - it seems to me that we must come to some understanding of what evil is, why evil is, and what this says about the nature of the world we inhabit.

It's my belief, scriptural and experiential, that we live in a world marked by endemic evil. The things humanity does to each other, ourselves, and the world around us, are and for as long as our human memories permit us to reach back, have been, truly vile. I now expect, and am unsurprised, by the suffering and depravity of our world.

The inescapability of this reality is tempered only by my belief that there was once a man who lived a life and did no evil, the crucified Jew. Not only is his life an example, but his death is also the means, by which our human nature may be made whole, made pure, made clean, as it was in the beginning, and as it should be in the new beginning.

Unlike the inevitability of death, there is no coming to terms with the inescapability of evil in our world. To harden ourselves to the sufferings of others offers no comfort. Rather, I believe we must learn to live with weeping hearts - unsurprised but never unmoved at the evil that pervades our reality, compassionate and hopeful for the best, unfeigned by the worst

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