Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/11/09

The question of evil in the world

Interesting discussion with the DH (dear, darling (wonderful) husband today.  We were talking about Satan.  I’m not always comfortable with that name, not for the religious reasons, but more …philosophical reasons, I guess.  For a long time, I wasn’t sure that evil outside of the world really existed.  Humans, it seemed to me, have a really distressing tendency to do evil to each other without any supernatural agency’s help. Let’s face it; no one knows how to hurt a tween or teen girl worse than another tween or teen girl.  Why can’t females build each other up more instead of tearing each other down in the “real” world.

But I digress.  Satan…I’m usually more comfortable thinking of Evil than Satan – chalk it up to too much reading maybe.  I am fully willing to admit that Evil exists and works in the world.  Me being me, I have had to ponder the whole thing of Satan the fallen angel, evil, and why both are around – and read about this whole ball of wax and philosophy.  Results…..

The Bible tells me that Jesus talked to Satan in the desert, and that angels exist, and that Satan is a fallen angel.  All well, ‘good’ and understood.  Father Andrew Greeley calls Satan ‘The Adversary’ in his Nuala Anne McGrail detective series, Diane Duane calls Satan ‘Fairest and Fallen’ in her Young Wizards series, the White Witch, Saruman, Voldemort…whatever, whoever.

Satan is the personification of the presence of evil in the world, the evil that Adam and Eve brought in, the ones who went against God’s will and cannot ever change their minds to go with God again.  We are luckier.  If we consciously go against God, we can decide to confess to where we’ve screwed up, accept our penitential punishment, and try again.  I can totally see how Satan would be jealous of that and try with all his might and by any means (including seemingly innocuous ones) to keep us in such a state of sin that we can’t get back into God’s good graces – or rather, think we can’t.  God’s our Father.  He will always forgive us.  Thankfully.  After that, we just have to forgive ourselves and try to resist whatever snares Satan, or Evil, or The Adversary tries to trip us up in.  I like Father Greeley’s The Adversary term.  It reminds me to be wary of my enemy, to be on my guard against the enemy working in me, working in the world, and also that it’s just the enemy I want to keep out, not the entire world.  I can’t let myself be so scared of the devil getting in that I shut myself off from God’s workings in me and others.  Satan, the devil, The Adversary…whatever you want to call the forces of evil set loose in the world, they don’t stand a chance against God.  We always need to remember that.

 

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