|I believe this painting is by Lars Justinen? or Nathan Greene? (Sorry, I don't know, exactly)|
We have a choice between Good and Evil. Good has chosen us, but will not force itself on us. Evil tries to force itself on all. Evil claims us. Good redeems us from evil. Good is LOVE. Love drives out all fear, all fear of what evil can do to us. We are safe in love. We are drawn to love. We belong to love. Evil fears love, hates love. Evil twists love into something evil. Love willingly transforms evil into something good. We can choose. Good allows that.
|Painting by Lars Justinen|
We all have to make the choice. No one can decide not to choose because we are either in one camp or the other. To choose Good is a conscious decision because evil has claimed us. (How it did that will have to be subject of another blog sometime) Anyone who doesn't specifically choose Good, is allowing himself to remain in the camp of evil.
Good has allowed Evil to exist because Good will not compromise Good in order to force a choice. If Good uses force, it will not be Good anymore. Good allows evil to manifest itself FULLY that there will be no doubt, no wondering ever again, whether evil is actually good or not. If it is not clear now, it will be at some time. Evil tried to destroy Good forever in AD31 but Good cannot be destroyed. God is Good; always has been, always will be. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is positive evidence that Good will triumph over evil.
"Let not your hearts be troubled. Ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:1-3
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved". John 3:16,17.
PS: Although I mostly talk of these two sides as "forces", I want to emphasize that they are, in fact, two very real beings - God and Satan. One is good and one is evil. And never the twain shall merge!