The Nature of Good and Evil

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

What do we mean by “good” and “evil?” To determine this we need to look to an authority on the subject, God. God has instilled in all of us a human nature that helps up to know if something we are doing is good or evil, right or wrong. We know it by how it makes us feel. When you do something good you feel proud, good, and you aren’t ashamed of it but if you do something evil, you feel bad, ashamed, and sorrowful.

In the Bible there are many references to good and evil to help us know how we should live our lives.

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalms 34:15

“Beloved, do not imitate evil 8 but imitate good. Whoever does what is good is of God; whoever does what is evil has never seen God.” 3 John: 11

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalms 37:27

“You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Selah” Psalms 52:3

“Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.” Proverbs 14:22

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20
The verses go on and on. These are but a few that compare good and evil. Good is compared to peace, godly, truth, love, faithfulness, light, sweet while evil is compared to godless, falsehood, going astray, darkness, bitter. Clearly good is preferable than evil. Not just preferable but God in constantly telling us to choose good over evil.

“Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.” Amos 56:14

Clearly good leads to life while evil leads to death.

“Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”” Luke 6:9

In this passage, Jesus equates good to the saving of a life and equates evil to the destruction of life.

We also equate good with God and evil with Satan. We say that there is a battle going on today between good and evil (God and Satan), America and terrorism. Although we’re not sure who will win the America/terrorism war, we have already been assured who will win the God/Satan war because Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Satan is face down on the ground sucking dirt, he just doesn’t know it.

Jesus defeated evil at Calvary, and on those three days when He invaded Hell and overthrew Satan’s kingdom. We have the victory in the battle for life, we just have to stay focused and fight God’s way, with His weapons, the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), and with faith, hope, and love. Love will help us win others to our side.

What side are the pro-lifers on and what side are the pro-aborts on? What side are you on? Life or death? Good or Evil?

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