- Religion and Philosophy
Evil Rising in the Face of Truth
I am noticing a disturbing trend in the world today. What is evil is being called good and acceptable and what is good and righteous is being called evil. I have known for a very long time that all that is of the world stands in opposition to God and is contrary to Him. Also, that those of the world and entrenched in the world deny, renounce and war against the things of God.
As soon as we see a man rise up to stand for peace, justice and righteousness, there is a man of opposition that will come in and claim that the first man is selfish, a liar and hateful. The second man applies his own motives and intents to the words and actions of the first man and then deems the first man evil and himself good. This world can not exist only based upon a man's motives and intents, however. It is only when objectivity reigns and parts itself from the absurdity of emotions and self-centeredness that truth can be seen. As soon as the bystanders of this strange and confusing war of words decide to take truth off the throne and make their own gut the judge, we are doomed. What they fail to see is that goodness and gut do not go hand in hand. Goodness is pure and holy and can come naturally from no man which is why the man of opposition cannot understand the motives of the man of peace. He only knows his gut and judges based on his own feelings and then assumes, wrongly, that this is all anyone is capable of. We are slipping into a lost and depraved world where lines are blurred and the opposition is sympathized with over those who are committed to peace and justice. Why is this happening? It is because the pride of "self" is being put on the throne of every man's heart. Men are turning away from God and choosing ways of rebellion. Jude 1:10 warned of this. It describes them as men who, "...speak abusively against whatever they do not understand," and in verses 12-13 and 16 goes on to describe those who oppose God as:
"...clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted--twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever... grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage."
They are people who cannot discern between Godliness, or Godly nature, and human nature. To them it is all the same. As we come into contact with these people we will find that they are unwilling to reason because their source of reason is in their own gut and their judgement relies on their emotions and their own willfullness. Until their will is aligned with God's will they will never be able to recognize the difference. Arguing will be useless. When the willfullness of "self" found in human nature rises up against the holiness of Godly nature a polarization occurs. What is obviously truth according to God will be a lie according to those who oppose God. What is good will be refuted with evil masquerading as good.
Paul tells us this will happen in 1 Corinthians 1:18, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
The chasm continues to widen between God and the world and as it widens we will continue to see evil rising in the face of truth with a greater and deeper separation than ever. Judgement will come, and as Jude continues, we are told that this striving against God will not continue forever and he reminds us of the prophecy of Enoch:
"Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him." These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage."
So, while for a time they will be allowed to believe that they are right, eventually, all actions, thoughts, motives and intents will be seen from God's holy and righteous perspective and the Truth will be revealed. Every lie and falsehood will fall away. No longer will they be able to decide to be their own judge and determine the truth to be whatever they want it to be.
So how do we safeguard ourselves, in the meantime, when evil attempts to claim to be good and have the same motives, thoughts and intents as those who desire holiness, righteousness and purity?
Jude tells us in verses 17-23 to:
"...remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires." These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear--hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh."
Jude goes on to encourage and remind those pursuing God that He is, "able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy."
And, as Paul tells us in Philippians 1:5-15, "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus," so that, "your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God."
Lastly, remember to be merciful, just as God is merciful, and to obey Jesus' command in Matthew 7:1:
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."