We don’t measure darkness, stillness, cold or silence. These conditions represent the absence of something, namely light, speed, heat and sound. There are no shades of black; it is the absence of color. There are many ways to see, but blind is blind. Scientists define a total lack of heat as “absolute zero.” It is important to accept that there are “absolutes” in our lives and the presence of evil is one of those realities. Evil is to goodness what darkness is to light, its absence.
We can increase light, motion, temperature and sound infinitely while their absences are by definition finite or “absolute.” The absence of light can’t be made any darker. There is no state of stillness beyond motionless, absolute zero is as cold as it can get and silence can’t be made any quieter. The bible tells us “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18.
Darkness is conquered by light just as goodness conquers evil.
God’s heaven is a state of total goodness and the lack of all evil. Here on earth, we cannot create a heavenly state we can only strive towards goodness by rejecting evil.
Nature and Divinity abhor a vacuum and when goodness by way of Godliness decreases and when we reject God from our lives, evil moves in to fill that spiritual vacuum. Just as the path towards darkness increases gradually as the sun sets, evil falls upon us as our souls give into the worldly and the wicked. Just as the warmth of summer yields to fall and then winter’s cold, mankind in a spiritual vacuum tests the unworldly frigidity of absolute failing, absolute tragedy and absolute anguish.
While the angst, suffering and heartbreak we see today all around us overwhelms the feint of heart and the spiritually suffering, there is a solution. The absolute Goodness of God overcomes evil but only when we embrace the former and reject the later through the grace of the Lord. He tells us, “Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Matthew 13:43.
The senseless killings we see day after day correspond with the mental and spiritual illness we see increasing in our world. The objects people use to murder and snuff out life are distracting representations keeping us from examining the harder, less obvious problems of mental illness, the corruption of the human soul and the degradation of the value of life. When we ignore or at best, fail to cultivate our own commitments to righteousness we see the proliferation of evil that fills the vacuum of our own making.
The Lord God possesses all goodness. Striving to follow Him is the pathway to pushing evil back into the absolute pit of its own birth and to bury its presence in our lives through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.