Floyd wrote:I wanted to see what people think about the existence of good and evil or lack of existence.
The modern theologian John Hicks reflected on a letter by poet Keats stating that we are all existing in the 'Vale of soul making'. That is if there were no experiences of good or evil we would be 'morally static' and our existence pointless with no chance of development.
Good and evil, then, are necessary for the developments of ones soul on its journey back to the creator. This is the reason evil is allowed by God according to Hicks.
Does evil have any substance though. Is there a Devil and a satan to accompany it. The Christian tradition would have us believe such a thing.
Does this mean we should just sit back and let this 'apparent' evil do its thing or can we do something about it.
Any thoughts peeps?
I personally agree with that statement: "That is if there were no experiences of good or evil we would be 'morally static' and our existence pointless with no chance of development." But I also think we would become mentally and physically static as well. I was actually advised when I first started receiving inspired (?) writing back in the 70s when I asked why there's evil in the world that if there wasn't 'black' and 'white' expressions that "Heaven would fall on Heaven above" haha.
But anyway, I do believe we all need something to test ourselves against in order to get us to expand our awareness, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. As we do so, to over-simplify it all, we begin to realize that all division occurs as a result of lack of this understanding and compassion for others, mostly due to conditioned beliefs and fears. So I see 'evil' as anything and anyone who conditions us to fear and misunderstand other life-forms.
At a broader 'God' level, I read this brilliant article a while ago and I've just been searching for it again (to no avail) so I could post a link to it here. The explanation of 'God' in that really rang true to me as it explained, in my view, how our spiritual perceptions of God play right into this 'Good' and 'Evil' thing as far as 'God' is concerned.
To summarize it as best I can, this clever man spoke of the 'two aspects' of God ie the 'receptive' Void aspect and the 'active' Creative aspect, the former being promoted as being what leads to 'evil/darkness of spirit' while the creative aspect is light. The thing is the Void aspect just wants to 'go back to sleep' so to speak while the Creative aspect wants to keep expanding.
Thus the Void aspect manifests in a 'hive mind' mentality. It's the aspect that leads us to believe in hierarchy and that the goal is to serve and return
to the One God by moving 'up' through the levels of 'power'. The One at the top of the pyramid, and all the way down through the levels, rules and feeds on the energy of those below (just like we do in this reality eg food). If all below, through devotion, service and self-sacrifice to the Will of the One (as it's told to be), choose to 'return' to Him/Her, He/She can just accept all of their energy and go back to sleep. Although I guess one should/could say that the Void aspect is the feminine/receptive aspect of God.
The other face of God is as the active Creator - male. When one chooses to be a co-creator with Him, thus not submitting to serving and being fed on by anyone 'above' us and 'returning' to the Source, we continue to manifest with 'Him' as immortal beings, always expanding in awareness. The multi-verse keeps on expanding giving us all new realities to explore with each other.
Naturally those beings that instruct us to serve and sacrifice (ie give up our own free will to co-create with God) training us instead only to serve others 'above' us and 'return to Source' are those who promote devolution...returning to the Void....and not evolution. So that means religions, governments, NWO types etc who all teach us to serve authority and the community and try to restrict our creativity by blocking our awareness of our own free-will right to do 'something different' and not conform....always seeking new and better ways ... are what I would consider as 'evil' as it relates to the big picture.