The Autobots versus the Decepticons. Harry Potter versus Voldemort. This past summer, these are just a couple of the movies that I watched that involve the theme of Good vs Evil. As I enjoyed the movies, I kept running the whole theme through my head and how it plays out in the real world. I could not be relieved of thinking about the parallels with the supreme goodness and holiness of God versus the pride and selfishness of Satan.
Many see the battle of Good vs Evil as Everyone Else vs Criminals and Anyone We See as Mean or Evil. We, of course, see ourselves as good. Good – hooray – we deserve to go to heaven when we die. On the other hand, God’s version of these opposite sides is quite different when it comes to our eternal destination.
Good in God’s dictionary– as in good enough to live in God’s presence for eternity – as in heaven – is defined as blameless, perfect, pure, completely pleasing to God. And this is not confined to the Ten Commandments. What it all boils down to is to love God and love people.
Evil = Sin. Sin is anything that is not pleasing to God. Acts, thoughts, behaviors that are not loving toward God or toward other people. Selfishness, doing what we want instead of following God’s principles. Thinking that the driver who just cut you off might learn something if they got into an accident . Ignoring people in need. Gossiping. Sex not within the marriage of a man and a woman. Calling someone an idiot. Dishonoring parents. These are just a few. Notice that criminal acts and trying to take over the world are not even on this list though they are certainly under the heading of evil.
The truth is that “We all fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). All of us are on the side of Evil.
What God does is offer us the chance to be forgiven, washed clean of our sin, our Evil. In God’s dictionary, Forgiven vs. Unforgiven is the battle that ends with an eternal outcome of Heaven vs. Hell.
We either choose Him by choosing Jesus, or we choose Satan by being indifferent, by not choosing God. We either choose an eternity with Him in heaven OR we choose to be eternally separated from Him. No neutral position.
Matthew 12:30 says: “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me”.
By the world’s standards, yes, many of us are on the side of Good. By God’s standards, we are on the other side. The only way to be on God’s side is to surrender. Surrender your life to Jesus. Ask for forgiveness. You cannot be forgiven unless you admit you need to be forgiven. If you have not done so, admit your sin to God. Tell him you believe that Jesus is His Son and that he died and rose again. Ask Jesus into your heart to wash you clean of evil and to initiate change. Trust him to become Lord (master) of your life. Join the side of Good.
Hebrews 2:14 – Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.
…to be continued – overcoming Evil is not just a battle for our eternity, it’s a daily struggle of the heart.