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Eric's Sunday Sermon: The Battle of Good and Evil

Updated on December 7, 2014

Who among us will give aid to such a man?

The lack of good in this world puts the sadness of this world in place. Evil seeks a vacuum.
The lack of good in this world puts the sadness of this world in place. Evil seeks a vacuum. | Source

Good trumps evil

I heard a preacher man tell a story about socks. It was heartfelt and decidedly true. The story is about good in a strange place at first blush. But on second thought one is forced to think: "Why not?"

The preacher was doing laundry in a laundromat. He had just loaded his load when a bedraggled unkempt and seemingly homeless man basically burst in and yelled repeatedly. He seemed a bit "off the mark". He yelled "NEED SOCKS, NEED SOCKS". The preacher notice the man had shoes but no socks. He inquired but got only "need socks" in return. So the preacher man, having time while his load was washed went with the man to a nearby discount store and bought the man a package of socks.

First we note that the preacher man was in such a way himself that he needed a laundromat. Then we note that I have heard this preacher man preach and he seems to walk the talk. So the story is believable. But alas this is not a story of the preacher mans' goodness, oh no it is far more deep.

Upon exiting the store the man did not pause to give thanks and ran across the street. There sat an even more bedraggled soul in a wheel chair. And he was barefoot. The man ripped open the package of socks and gently put the socks on the feet of the wheelchair bound man.

You should be asking "how does this relate to the battle between good and evil?" Well that is what we shall discuss.

No matter what there is someone more lonely than you.

Are you ready for the battle.

Today, can you reach out and do good for somebody?

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Not at all a collision course.

We see evil. We feel evil. We detest evil. And we will fight evil when we can. But the fight against evil is not in a sword or armaments. It is in the good we do. Some would look at a glass that had been partially filled with water. Some would say it is half full and others would say that it is half empty. I tell you neither is true, the glass is completely filled, half with water and half with air, both we need to survive. And so it is that if we fill our glasses completely full with goodness there is no room for bad.

The woman that fills her days with doing good does not leave time for evil to creep in.

Think of recruitment in areas of gangs or larger areas of war like the whole problem with ISIS. The teenagers and mercenaries do not come from "good" places and just run off to kill people. No the come from lack of good and love. They are low hanging fruit that lack the fortitude of good and so are easy pickings for those who would do evil. In the short run we send in police and we send in armies to defeat the evil. But in the long run this will not defeat evil for evil can only be defeated when good has taken up all the room in the glass.

Lasting peace can only come from lasting good. If we leave a void that is where evil will seek and find a home.

Poor snakes, they get the bad rap of symbolizing evil.

Snakes will not share a den. It must be empty of other animals.
Snakes will not share a den. It must be empty of other animals. | Source

So how do we fight against evil in our day to day lives.

Evil does not want to confront good, it is a losing battle. Evil is more cunning than that. Evil will exploit weaknesses and crawl into crevices to create a wedge. If there is a place in our hearts that is filled with the bastions of evil that is where the evil will seek out to do its' damage. You may claim victim status or you may claim "the devil made me do it". But in the long run, in the end result you allowed evil in by harboring negativity in the first place.

These bastions are really rather simple to see and identify within ourselves. Call them the sins of the heart. They take on several forms in both the specific and in the core of our existence. Greed, lust, hate, envy, worry, deceit and anger are just a few manifestations of what is really at the core of evil.

Selfishness is the root and room for the evil part of our hearts. When we indulge the self we maintain room and put out a welcome mat for evil to come join with us. When we get outside of ourselves and do good we put out the No Vacancy sign and kick the monster of evil out and down the road.

Be sure of this notion. It is not good enough to pray and meditate on good. We must act on it in order to fully get outside of ourselves. We must give and we must show kindness and warmth are caring. We cannot truly have it in our hearts unless we give it away in a concrete fashion. It is akin to saying "the more you give, the more you get".

A several hundred year old Piute symbol in a rock.

As a child waling by this I always thought it was a symbol of love. No one has proved me wrong.
As a child waling by this I always thought it was a symbol of love. No one has proved me wrong. | Source

So where is the battle between good and evil?

Clearly this battle is within all of us. When we are in a good place within us and not giving room through selfishness then we can help to fill others with good and like the original story here, that good can fill others with good and good can thrive leaving evil no place to call home. And if all of us can do this there would appear to be no evil in the world. But I am afraid that is only an illusion. The battle is constant and the biggest of all weaknesses in this battle is apathy.

Fill your hearts with love for others and you will defeat your own apathy.

Fill not your heart with a desire to take what does not belong to you.

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile image

      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is a great message to remember everyday. I'm loving the cup analogy here. It's very true. There is only so much room, so make it all good.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Rhonda, if we do remember everyday is a good day. You just made mine by your up and positive message, thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You know I'm with you all the way on this one, buddy!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I actually thought of you when I was writing it. Thanks

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Eric,

      You nailed this wonderful sermon here on this beautiful Sunday! Yes, selfishness in our own hearts allows evil to set up and grow to ugly proportions! We must examine our own hearts for any negativity brooding there, for it will surely impact every aspect of ours lives, then spill over to harm others, as that is evil's intent.

      I truly love this powerful message here. Keep writing these gems here, dear Eric, and sharing your wise insight. I love the story of the socks and the analogy of the glass ... brilliant!

      So true, we must actually take action in addition to praying.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Blessings, peace and love always to you and yours

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith we are just back from church where good things can blossom if we so choose and we do!

      You most assuredly are filled with good and it spills over into my cup, I thank you.

      May all those close to you have a blessed day and share in my joy of knowing you.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Eric ,what I love about you is that you're always moving towards the light of the good ! Everyone - When in doubt, do good .......or write of good as Eric does !

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is only because I need to constantly remind myself or who knows what kind of schmuck I would be -- at least worse :-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So very hard to get away from self but you have it right on. That is exactly what we need to strive for. Great writing, friend! ^+

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Wonderful message and one we can all live by. Praying and action go together. I once heard a preacher say to a homeless and hungry boy I'll pray for you. We fed him and took him to the boys home, then decided to pray for him, praying with some one that has an empty belly does not work. Great hub.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Your sermons are my favourite Eric. Great message, we need to keep that cup full.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Jackie, and you hit the nail on the head so as we do not get discouraged. We are not perfect but if we "strive" things seem to work out alright.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lady it is good of you to stop by and leave a note, thank you. Your example is perfect and it adds to this hub.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks John, they are by far my favorite to write. I always worry that I get too preachy with them. Thank you for the affirmation.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliant and very to the point. I enjoy your attitude.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika, and I yours, thank you.

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      This is the first of your Sunday sermons I have read, and it is an apropos one at that!

      I always say that my cup is more than half full. In fact, it seems to run over quite often. Because of that, I enjoy sharing what's in my cup with others. When I do, I see that others have the same amount of happiness as I!

      If you are indeed a "good" person, giving is a part of your personality. It's not something you really think about, and you aren't looking to be thanked for your kind deeds. The good comes from within.

      Thank you for the sermon. I look forward to more of your insightful articles!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for this wonderful addition to this hub. Your contribution is excellent. Sharing the good really does bring out the good in others. Take good care country Sunshine.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting angle for the second Sunday of Advent.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I certainly am influenced by the readings in the various liturgical calendars. I figure it must flow through at least a bit. Thank you BlossomSB for the read and comment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Another great lesson, Eric. These Sunday sermons reach me. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thankyou Dora, we wish you and yours a very merry Christmas.

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      Doris H. Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      Ericdierker ~ I am so glad that you answered one of my questions because it has given me a chance to meet you, experience your powerful writing, and learn from your teaching. This is a very engaging hub that certainly helps the reader be mindful of where evil lies and how to overcome it. I love your analogy of the cup. Now I will be reminded that the cup is always full. What a beautiful lesson even if that's all one gets.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Doris for such an insightful comment. I really appreciate it. Pleasantness like yours is a surefire shield against evil.

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      Dana Tate 22 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      It is true good and evil lives in us all. We must make a conscious effort to do good even when we don't feel like it. The other day I said something really nasty to someone I knew. They pushed my buttons and I gave into the temptation. I felt bad so I called the person and apologized. I felt the person deserved it but, I knew in order to battle my good and evil side apologizing was for me and my peace of mind. We must not give Satan any points.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool Dana. I have been fortunate enough to go on some wild wilderness adventures. Some of the climbing scared me to death and I still can't believe I did it. But by far, for me, the scariest thing to do is pick up that phone and admit fault. You have my deep respect. Thanks for being an example.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 20 months ago from Washington DC

      Before I read any of the comments, E.D., allow me to add my 2 cents in the form of a comment.

      Let's return to the tree of "the knowledge of good and evil" in the garden. Do you believe the girl walked to a tree and pulled one fruit and said that's good and then pulled another and called it evil? Personally, I don't think so because for almost everything half of man will call it good and the other half will say evil. So, what happened that good and evil came into being.

      That answer lies in the tree's name, "the knowledge of good and evil" and not just "good and evil." Take a person living on a huge plain where there are no trees and someone else comes to him talking about trees, the plainsman would then have a knowledge of trees but could not say what one is, the same is true with the knowledge of good and evil, we know the terms but nothing concrete to justify either. Therefore, to fight the battle of good and evil one must realize it is only a knowledge and not two different fruit growing on a single tree.

      Yoshua called Jesus said "be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove:" one prophet said man "call evil good and good evil" so there's a conflict of interest. Yoshua's saying a serpent is wise suggests wisdom is evil to world's man which makes us need to reevaluate the garden of Eden story. What did Eve give it to Adam?

      A wise man appeared to Eve in the form of a serpent and invited her to analyze different things like, shall we say, sweet and bitter and asked her which did she prefer, touch hot and cold and make a difference, recognize dark and night and make a difference, and so on. She then returned to Adam and schooled him to like what she liked and dislike what she didn't like and about that time she as ovulating for the first time and the smell caused him to erect but, unlike the other animals, his penis did not extend beyond his hairy foreskin (Daniel 4:33) and they knew not what to do because in observing the other animals mating they did not use the hairy foreskin in mating. Thus, they were naked -- ignorant and ashamed -- and covered themselves. NOTICE: no children were produced until "coats of skin" -- most hair was removed from the body -- were made with them out of the garden, and, still ignorant, Abraham was much later given circumcision.

      So, to fight the good/evil battle is to realize both are only "judgmental adjectives" or a knowledge man are provided and only their preference are good and their rejections evil. It is called a tree because every fruit tree produces more fruit each growing season so the "judgmental adjectives" also increased to pretty/ugly, right/wrong, positive/negative, sweet smell/stink and so many more as man's knowledge grew, and without concrete evidence except their personal like and dislike.

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      peachy 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      your hubs are easier to understand than listening the priest preaches

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Peachy thank you for that very nice comment. We don't do answers here. Questions are a lot easier to understand than conclusions and directives and one primary rule is to have fun while thinking.

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      RTalloni 12 months ago from the short journey

      Yes, only an illusion! Reminds of several passages:

      1) We are not up against flesh and blood…

      2) To him who knows to do good and does it not, to him…

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you friend. I often wonder if full ignorance would be bliss.

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