Evil is a concept that causes a great deal of confusion. Seeing the horrors of evil causes many to question the existence of a loving God.
In order to understand evil it is necessary to understand its origin. There are myths that explain it as the fall of Adam and Eve from Paradise, and the banishment of the angel Lucifer from the Kingdom of Heaven. These allegories provide a way to conceptualize the way in which Spirit expressed Itself into matter. They show a separation between heaven and earth, angels and devils, good and evil. These are opposing spiritual forces that result in the material forces of positive and negative, attraction and repulsion and are the basis of atomic structure. They also provide us with the commonly understood idea of opposites.
In the beginning all was one within God and it is only through the opposing forces of positive and negative that creation as we know it became possible. Without these forces causing differences as opposites, everything would be the same everywhere and there would be no form, space or time as comprehended by mortals. In our daily experiences we find that opposites are merely expressions of different aspects of the same thing. A top cannot exist without a bottom, there has to be an up to have a down, evil would not be recognized without an awareness of good.
The forces of good and evil originate from a neutral center that is their Source (called the “Father” by Jesus), where both extremes are reconciled into one. A good example of this is temperature where there are extreme opposites of hot and cold. However, there is an undefined central point at which both extremes of temperature meet and blend into one, a place where there is neither hot nor cold, but where it is “just right.” Similarly, evil, weakness, and vice are the extremes of good, strength, and virtue, in the same way that cold is the extreme of hot. Between them is the “neutral center” – the place of the Father or Source of creation that possesses neither good nor evil but reconciles them both into One.
So it is that man, having free will, may direct his inner forces to either extreme, or work to establish harmony through a neutral center or “still point” within – a place where both extremes of good and evil are blended into harmony, peace and unity. While God’s purpose provided mankind with free will and the ability to reason, this awareness of choice has become corrupted through its use as misdirected power. It was not God but creatures who, because of ego, created evil through the use of negative forces to their own benefit.
Evil might be defined as complete disregard of the laws of God, causing a separation from God, while sin might be defined as wrong choice. Choices are tempered by whatever it is that each person believes to be good at the moment, and is an indication of who we are as individuals. The roots of sin are in selfishness as an expression of ego, the force of mind that presents itself in opposition to the mind of Spirit. Ego is the “false god” of the First Commandment that should not be placed above the Creator.
Whether anything is right or wrong is more a personal judgment than an intrinsic condition as it depends upon personal value systems. That which is considered good by one may be considered sin by another. For example, killing people in the name of God may be thought of as good by people having some particular belief while others consider it to be evil. However, every thought and action carries energetic vibrations from intentions, motivations and desires, and these will have a consequence. Because energy operates in cycles and returns to its source while attempting to come to a balance, whatever is sown is reaped.
The ability to choose between opposing situations or influences provides the opportunity to learn from the consequences of those choices and to gain in understanding. But in order to learn the difference between what is good and what is evil some goal or ideal is needed against which progress can be measured. Simply put, a decision must be made as to the kind of person we want to be and that has to be expressed through our words and deeds.