You seem to be unable to make up your mind whether or not good and evil exist in the OP. One moment you refer to these things as an illusion (which I
assume you understand means they don't actually exist) and the next moment you talk about "all the "evil" that exists in the world" and that good and
evil "would cease to exist without each other" (implying they exist now, which you described as part of the "one thing I know" concerning balance).
Simply or generally put, evil is that which results in pain, sorrow, or distress. Goodness is the quality or state of being good; moral excellence;
virtue. Goodness is solid through and through, with no badness or rottenness. It is a positive quality and expresses itself in the performance of good
and beneficial acts toward others.
The pages of history are filled with accounts of hatred and bloodshed. Yet, from the ruins of tragedy often arise extraordinary acts of human kindness
and self-sacrifice. Why does one person become a cold-blooded killer and another become a warmhearted humanitarian? Why do animalistic traits
sometimes surface in human behavior?
Most people do not realize that to do good requires effort, like rowing upstream against the current. Nevertheless, we are also endowed with a
conscience. This inborn sense of right and wrong influences most of us to act within the bounds of human decency. However, our inclination toward
wrongdoing can cause a conflict to arise within us.
Furthermore, evil may reach into our home through the media. Video games, television programs, and movies often glorify violence and acts of
vengeance. Even regular doses of world or local news may desensitize us to the evils of human suffering and anguish. The Bible writer Paul admonishes
us at Romans 12:2: “And stop being molded by this system of things
, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to
yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
With ideas circulating such as the idea that evil does not exist, that it's an illusion, and shaping our attitudes and actions, some may reason that
they are not to blame for their evil acts. What, though, is the reality? Just as a steering wheel controls the direction of a car and a rudder
controls the direction of a ship, the mind controls the body.
Every deliberate act, good or evil, is preceded by a thought. Thus, it could be said that man is as good or as evil as he chooses
Happily, the Bible indicates that goodness can be learned. (Isaiah 1:16, 17) Love is the compelling force to do what is good, since “love does not
work evil to one’s neighbor.” (Romans 13:10) When we cultivate love for people, it is unthinkable for us to act in an evil way toward anyone. Paul
also wrote: “Let your love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is wicked; cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9) One particular manifestation of love
is mentioned by Paul again and again. He states: “Keep on blessing those who persecute; be blessing and do not be cursing.” “Return evil for
evil to no one.” “Do not avenge yourselves, beloved.” “Do not let yourself be conquered by the evil, but keep conquering the evil with the
good.” (Romans 12:14, 17-19, 21)
We refrain from returning evil for evil not only because it is the right course but also because it is the loving course. Showing love to others is a
basic mark of true Christians. (Mark 12:28-31) Paul exhorts us to make sure that the love we show is sincere. Further, Paul notes how love without
hypocrisy is shown, stating: “Abhor what is wicked, cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9) “Abhor” and “cling” are strong words.
“Abhor” can be translated “hate exceedingly.” We must hate not merely the consequences of evil but also the evil itself. (Psalm 97:10) A thing
that would be hard to accomplish if one fools themselves into thinking or convinces themselves that evil is merely an illusion. The word “cling”
is a translation of a Greek verb that literally means “to glue.” A Christian who has genuine love is so firmly glued, or attached, to the quality
of goodness that it becomes an inseparable part of his personality.
Anyone with a motive to prevent that from happening to as few people as they can manage (preferrably none at all), would benefit (get what they want)
from teaching, promoting and convincing people with the notion that good and evil are merely illusionary concepts or that there is no clear
demarcation line between the 2 or that every act is neutral, neither good nor evil (and similar notions/ideas/philosophies).
The Bible says that Satan is “the god of this system of things.” He controls the world’s standards, that is, what the world thinks is right
(good) or wrong (evil) and what becomes popular. (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19) He is the one responsible for such ideas and teachings about good
and evil as expressed in this thread and eagerly gobbled up by those whose ears it tickles.
2 Timothy 4:3,4:
3 For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the wholesome* [Or “healthful; beneficial.”] teaching, but according to
their own desires, they will surround themselves with teachers to have their ears tickled.* [Or “to tell them what they want to hear.”] 4 They
will turn away from listening to the truth and give attention to false stories.
edit on 19-5-2019 by whereislogic because: (no reason