Write about evil: how you understand it (or don’t), what you think it means, or a way it’s manifested, either in the world at large or in your life.
Contrary to the popular humanistic belief that man is basically good, I believe just the opposite to be true. The Bible, in Jeremiah 17:9, tells us that the human heart is deceitful, so deperately wicked that we can’t even know the depths to which we are capable of sinking.
Satan is real. In the Bible, he is called the Prince of the Power of the Air. He is not omnipresent or omnipotent, but he has legions of demons that do his bidding.
To some people, what I have said sounds like a horror story straight out of the Middle Ages. I would point them, first of all, to the evil that took place during WWII, when Hitler practiced genocide on the Jewish race.
Then I would point to what radical Islam is doing in the East, with thousands of those who admit to being Christians slaughtered on a regular basis, often in the most horrible ways. Little children, Men. Women.
Then I would point to the chaos that exists in America today, where we are once again being pitted against one another, brother against brother, by widely differing world views. There is so much vitriol flowing around in cyberspace that it’s a real trick not to be burned by the acid.
Ecclesiastes tells us that there is nothing new under the sun. Since Cain killed his brother Abel out of jealousy and greed, human beings have been killing each other by the millions–out of jealousy, greed, and a craving for power.
Consider this: No one ever had to teach his child to lie, or to be selfish, or to throw a temper tantrum. These behaviors are not learned. They are inherent, and it doesn’t take long for a doting new parent to realize that her little bundle of joy is also a bundle of ornery. Children have to be taught to do good. They are born knowing how to do evil.
Am I saying that children will not do good, ever, left to their own devices? No, but I am saying that, as the Bible says, we are born with a nature to sin. And even those who claim to be Christians are capable of terrible, awful behavior. I would point you to the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, which I, as a Baptist, am ashamed to acknowledge as such. It is neither Baptist nor a church, but instead a cult of hate-driven, self-righteous religious but brainwashed and/or evil people.
I am thankful that the Bible also says, “Greater is He (God) that is in me than he (Satan) that is in the world (I John 4:4). God will have the final victory. Satan’s evil cannot defeat God’s goodness.