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www.liveprayerchurch.comIs evil real? Most people want to dismiss evil as a fairy tale, but what happened in the United States on 9/11 was an example of evil. The sniper incident several years ago that held the entire Washington, DC area in terror for 3 weeks was an example of evil. The tens of thousands of babies aborted each day worldwide is an example of evil. Men and women around the world who plot to kill other people for whatever reason are examples of evil. EVIL IS NOT A FANTASY...IT IS REAL...IT IS A SAD PART OF THE HUMAN EXISTENCE!!!First, understand that God is NOT the author of evil. Evil stems from the rebellious hearts of man. Man has to make choices throughout each day, to either obey God, or rebel against Him. Evil is a manifestation of that rebellion. Those who choose to follow God, make choices that build people up, advance the cause of God on this earth, are positive. Those who choose to reject God, make choices that destroy people, oppose the plan of God for this world, and are negative. To be blunt, those who follow God are good, those who choose to reject God are evil. This may sound harsh, but evil can ONLY come from those who are in rebellion to, and reject God!Satan is the embodiment of evil. He rejected God and was cast out of Heaven, and his entire purpose is to oppose the work of God. Satan is the poster boy for rebellion against God...for evil! The simple fact is that any time that you rebel against God in your life, any time that you reject His way, you contribute to the evil that is in this world. Evil ONLY EXISTS because of the rebellious hearts of man. As hard as this may be to accept, the fact is, every time that you reject God, every time that you choose to ignore God, YOU ARE SIDING WITH SATAN AND ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE EVIL THAT IS IN THIS WORLD!I love you and care about you so much. The motivation for this Devotional today was the way our society has tried to down play the existence of evil in our world. The way our society tries to make every excuse in the book to call evil anything but what it truly is....EVIL! The point I want you to understand today is that every time that you rebel against God, every time that you choose to reject God and not follow His way, YOU are contributing to the evil that is in this world.I pray today that you keep your heart open to the Lord, and His guiding influence in your life. This is why I emphasize so often how important it is to read the Bible each day, since THAT is how we better understand exactly what God expects from us, how He has asked us to live our lives. That way, we can follow Him in all of our choices, and we don't have to be in rebellion. We don't have to contribute to the evil that already is rampant in our world today.The good news is this. The Bible tells us that in the end, God will wipe out ALL evil from this world. It will no longer be part of this existence. But until this time, we have a responsibility as His children to not only fight against the evil that exists, but to not contribute to it through the choices that we make each day. God is greater than evil, and one day, very soon, He will wipe evil away!!!In His love and service,Your friend and brother in Christ,Bill Keller
Humm! I'm not really convinced.David, do you think that people who do not believe in god are "evil"?As a Christian do you not believe that fundamentally all people are good as they are all made in the image of god?Is it indeed fair to take such a one sided opinion?
Evil stems from therebellious hearts of man. Man has to make choices throughout each day, toeither obey God, or rebel against Him.
Those who choose to follow God, make choices that build peopleup, advance the cause of God on this earth, are positive. Those who chooseto reject God, make choices that destroy people, oppose the plan of God forthis world, and are negative.
Evil is a manifestation of that rebellion.
“While [Jesus] was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. Then one said to Him, ‘Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.’ But He answered and said to the one who told Him, ‘Who is My mother and who are My brothers?’ And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother’” (Matthew 12:46-50 NKJV).
There are many people who think that they can get along quite fine without God. After all, the State provides rules and laws and the newspapers provide judgment on common morality to guide people through life protected by contracts and the police and criminals locked away from public harm, and money with which to buy food and pensions protected and ensured by rules of the Financial Services Authority and Banks and investment institutions set up to look after our wealth to provide for our old age and, clearly, all these mechanisms can look after a population within a secular society without any reference to God.
Our Father - which art in HeavenHallowed be thine NameThy Kingdom come On Earth as It Is in Heaven . . .
(1) David, do you think that people who do not believe in god are "evil"?(2) As a Christian do you not believe that fundamentally all people are good as they are all made in the image of god?
In the beginningAdam blamed EveEve blamed the sepentThe serpent hadn't a leg to stand on.
Where does eveil come from?It comes from manalways from manonly from man
the common trait of all evil is egotism. Steiner said that there are two very basic influences or polarities in human life, either of which, if taken to excess, can become dangerous and ultimately evil. Our challenge is therefore to hold the balance, to resist becoming one sided. In this we are helped by a third great influence in human evolution, which for Steiner was the being of Christ
It od simply not possible . . . to reject all luciferic influences. If we did this our lives would grow shallow and unreal - we'd all become arch philistines. It is the vitality and energy of the luciferic tendency in the human being that time and again privides us with the yeast to rise above pedantry and philistinism
The term 'Wyrd' in Anglo Saxon is the origin of the modern 'weird'. Today it means 'strange' or 'unexplainable'. It meant the same then, but with much greater significance. In ancient England the unexplainable was the flowing of life's complexities beyond the ability of words to comprehend. It was not a belief in simple fate, in which whatever happened was destined to happen, and humans had to accept it. It was not a fixed future either. Rather it was a natural outcome of the forces of life as they are presently flowing.
The struggle that defines our very life, the ultimate battle each person who lives faces daily (including a struggle Jesus faced daily) is between our will and God's will. If you want to break down the Christian life to one basic issue, this is it. Our will . . . or God's will.Every day we make many decisions. Whether you realize it or not, every time you make a decision, you are deciding whether it will be His will or your will. If you start to think of your decisions in this way, you will quickly see how it is possible to live the life Christ has called for each one of us to live. When we choose His will, we are following Him and fulfilling our purpose. When we choose our will, we are living in rebellion apart from God.The original sin was Satan choosing his will over God's will. Our sin nature has been inherited from our father Adam who chose his will over God's will. When you commit sin in your life, you are choosing your will over God's will. It really breaks down this easy. It is not very complicated at all.My purpose today is to simply help you open your eyes and begin to focus each day, even with each decision, on whose will you are actually following. Is it His or yours? You see, God gave us the free will to choose. Otherwise, we would be little more than robots. You can very easily simply say I will do it my way. You can very easily say it is my life and I will live it the way I want. God has given you that ability.But my friend, you also then are responsible for the consequences of your choices. Many today are dealing with the pain and heartache of decisions years ago when they chose their way instead of God's way. Many today are going through difficult struggles because they chose to do it their way and not God's way. I can only challenge you today, encourage you today, that God has given you the freedom to choose, but with each choice there are consequences.When you choose God's way, the consequences are blessing, peace, joy, and the abundant life He has promised His children. When you choose your way, there is pain, suffering, heartache, and struggles. Again, the choice is yours, as are the ramifications of your choice. Oh, never forget. When you accepted Christ as your Savior, you gave your life to Him, it is NOT YOURS ANY LONGER.I love you and care about you deeply. I do my best each day to challenge you, encourage you, and make you look at yourself and your life from a very real perspective. As only the Holy Spirit can do, today I have broken down the essence of the Christian life in one simple question.Is it His will or your will? Jesus had that challenge in the Garden just hours before His death on the cross. He lived a perfect life because that day He did what He had always done, simply told God, "not my will, but thy will be done". Therein lies the challenge for each one of us today and everyday, with each decision we must make. Will it be our will, or God's will?
Many people knock around as Brownian Motion molecules in a gas, bumping into each other in a state of increasing entropy. Many people dismiss Genesis as a load of rubbish because it cannot be taken literally but if one takes a step back one starts to appreciate it as an impressionist painting of great beauty illuminating a scene which is strangely contrary to the laws of physics in the perpetual increase of entropy. For some strange reason, for us to exist in the place we exist, a very odd force opposing entropic increase is at work. It's not a person, but an extraordinary quirk of our surroundings/universe that leads this to happen, ordering matter as harmonic collections of particles which coordinate together to form all that we experience. People "in the light" work in harmony with that creation of order. And those are the people who are constructive to work with - because "they know".
'Baidu' was inspired by a poem written more than 800 years ago during the Song Dynasty. The poem compares the search for a retreating beauty amid chaotic glamour with the search for one's dream while confronted by life's many obstacles. '...hundreds and thousands of times, for her I searched in chaos, suddenly, I turned by chance, to where the lights were waning, and there she stood.' Baidu, whose literal meaning is hundreds of times, represents persistent search for the ideal.