Today's post is written by Scott Little. He is one of my best friends and he has a beard, so pay attention to what he has to say. Scott and I have had a lot of great discussions about the type of topics that are usually written about here so i am very excited about his post. Scott is also an awesome photographer and has a blog that you can access by clicking the link above. Show him some love and let him know your thoughts...
Well, first off, I want to thank Jacob for allowing me to be a guest on his blog and for inviting me to share some of my thoughts with you people. Second, I want to make the point that I am not a writer by any stretch of the imagination but I will give this my best shot and hopefully you can stumble through these words and find something at the other end.
In keeping with the theme of evil from Jacob's last post, I wanted to share a few thoughts and feelings about the matter as well.
Romans 7: 21b - 25 (New International Translation)
"When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin."
To me, these verses, remind me of the fact that good and evil have lived in a world of delicate balance since the beginning of time. Even now, in our modern society, we see in movies, TV shows, plays, etc. this battle between good and evil constantly being played out. We see the "evil" happenings during the nightly news sending constant reminders of why we lock our doors at night.
Witnessing the evil in others and more importantly in ourselves can be sobering and sometimes discouraging. It also can be somewhat encouraging in that where there is evil, good (God) is not far behind, completing the balance. To me, it is an old war that still rages on. The existence of evil is trumped, in my opinion, by the death and resurrection of Christ. This is what I believe to be the Good News. God's goodness is supreme and regardless of the evil, has prevailed (death and resurrection of Christ) and will continue to do so as we (followers of Christ) choose to stray from evil and live by the principles of Jesus.
In the end, I cannot deny the existence of evil. It is all around us everyday. Thankfully, so is God. In my mind I cannot separate the existence of God (Good) and Heaven just like I cannot separate the existence of evil and hell.
With all this being said and in the tradition of Jacob Beaver I leave you with questions: What if evil did not exist? What would our relationship with God look like? I guess you could also ask the questions this way: What if Hell did not exist? Would a relationship with God be necessary for us to be with Him in the hereafter?