Evil Exists. Therefore, so Does Eternity

This is a continuation of Time & Truth.  If you haven’t read through Part-1, please do so before reading Part-2.  What’s below will make more sense then.

For the sake of argument, and so I can continue, let’s say I’ve made a case, or at least a case to consider, for the existence of an objective, absolute moral truth. If this is true, then it’s one step toward a reasonable assumption that eternity exists due to there having to be an intelligence that’s outside our time and space, and that is capable of putting that moral law on all our hearts for us to know. If that intelligence exists outside of time, and we understand how we know, what we know, then it’s a short leap to assume our existence in that same space after death is possible and expected.

My next proposal will be; if good and evil exist, so goes eternity. Since good and evil are both an extension of the use of the moral law, and since we wouldn’t recognize good or evil if we didn’t inherently know what objective truth was, the definition of good and evil seem to follow in the same footsteps as objective moral truth. You can’t say you recognize evil and then deny objective morality; that would be a contradiction. Because if it’s up to the individual to define their own truth, who are you to say it’s evil? If you called it evil then you’d have to refer to a moral scale or moral law to compare to. This is the moral scale a relativist is denying. Also, in recognizing evil, the relativist denies the individual “their truth” or “what’s true for them.”

So you might be asking, “How does it follow that since good and evil exist, eternity does as well? It follows the same lines in that, for good to exist, there must be evil as an opposing reference. If there is such a thing as good and evil, then there will have to be a moral law that differentiates between good and evil. a woman prays to God and appears as light and smokeIf there is such a law, it would have to be outside of time and space in order to be objective and it would also be necessary to have an author who penned it.   Otherwise you couldn’t know what evil was, with nothing to compare it to.  As C.S. Lewis said, “To complain that a stick is bent makes sense only in light of the concept of straight.” He also said, “A portrait is a good or bad likeness depending on how it compares with the ‘perfect’ original”.

But if there is no standard to define good or bad, then there is no “good” or “bad.”  We instinctively live as though a standard for right and wrong certainly does exist, even if we don’t agree with it.

Good & Evil Were Not Created

Good and evil were not created, it was the potential for good and evil that was created by allowing for us to be creatures of free will with the moral code within us. As an example; a lion does not murder it’s prey, it kills it for food or protection of it’s offspring. Animals are not moral agents as humans are. We cannot escape this fact. It’s written on our hearts. There are many Bible verses that support this as well as if we honestly recognize it about ourselves.

What the Bible says About God’s Law Being Written on our Hearts

As Romans 2:12-16 points out that just because you know the law, doesn’t save you from judgment but it’s the ones who act with the law, “the doers” of the law, as it is written on their hearts and they follow it.

Romans 2:12-16 “For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.”

Jeremiah 24:7 “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.”

Jeremiah 31:33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will by my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

The Old Covenant written on the tablets given to Moses by God was replaced by the New Covenant that would set us free from the sins committed under the Old Covenant. We could not possibly keep all the commandments in the Old Covenant and we were shown that. We were shown that we needed a savior to stand in for us.woman reading laying inside a huge book We needed forgiveness to stand amongst a Holy God after death. This is where the New Covenant was written on our hearts. That animal sacrifices were no longer needed and that we only have to accept this free gift of salvation through the blood of Christ Jesus. Hebrews 9:15 explains this.

Hebrews 9:15 “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”

We instinctively know of God’s existence and this is also written on our hearts. We can’t make a reliable tape dispenser for packaging but the Atheist wants us to believe that the complexity of the human body was evolved out of nothing, complete with DNA (which according to Bill Gates himself said that it’s more complicated than any computer software program ever written.) The Bible tells us of God’s existence in Romans 1:20.

Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

Another way of saying “we all know” it’s “written on our hearts”.

Free Will Creates the Potential For Evil; Evil Exists

Free will brings about our ability to make choices and we, as humans, let’s face it, tend to bend toward evil. There are a lot of good people but even “good people” given the position of power, can bend toward evil.  If it weren’t true, every country in the world wouldn’t need a military or military protection.  We wouldn’t need police, body guards or locks on our doors.  Evil exists and the potential for evil is always present.  If you didn’t believe that, you’d feel free to travel to any city, state or country and walk any streets at any time of day or night. We know we can’t live that way and we don’t, even if we deny it.

We know evil does exists because we recognize good.  Imagine you’re at a party with a friend and you say to your friend, “That guy over there is such a nice guy, really a kind soul.”  That statement would make no sense if you could not define good or evil. To boot, if the person you were making that statement to had never experienced anyone who wasn’t nice and kind, they too, would not see a point in your statement or even know how to make sense of it.  It’s only because we are making a comparison to evil and drawing on the experience of the person we’re making that statement to. We’re assuming, accurately, that they have experienced an evil person and can therefore make sense of your comment. Not only are you assuming they’ve experienced evil, and assuming they understand your comment, you’re going so far as to assume they can appreciate the existence of a “nice and kind” person who we all instinctively appreciate and prefer to be around.

Is Evil Simply a Matter of Perception?

I continue to make my point of the existence of evil because this is the point of this blog; if good and evil exist, so does eternity. If someone continually denies evil, this blog will prove nothing to them. Sometimes you’ll hear someone say that evil is merely a matter of perception and that evil, good and bad, don’t exist. Yes, this is an argument that’s posited.

If someone says that there is no such thing as evil, and that it’s all an illusion and a matter of perception, then why ever make a statement about something being good? Why put locks on your doors if there’s no evil? Why have police?

If you took this “illusion” position, wouldn’t you just assume that everyone street sign of half empty half full perceptionknows that evil is just an illusion and a matter of perception? So why state, what would be the obvious, about someone being “good” if evil was merely a matter of perception?

If evil doesn’t exist and it’s all just how we perceive people that we don’t agree with, then how does one explain Auschwitz or the other hundred or so death camps that the Nazi’s ran from 1938-1945?  Were all those death camps simply perceived incorrectly? Was it all just a bias toward not liking Nazi’s and evil was just a matter of perception and those pesky, judgmental allied troops who liberated those camps should have just “let it go”?

Stating that evil is illusionary may sound spiritual and make some feel as though they have reached some sort of higher spiritual status, but to everyone who had lived through the 20th century where millions were exterminated under totalitarian regimes, evil is no illusion. Evil exists in the hearts of men. It exists in all of us and we need a savior. In order to live in an afterlife free of evil with a Holy God, we need to be cleansed and holy ourselves. Otherwise it’s like trying to mix oil and water; it won’t work.

Again, if evil exists, so does good.  To define them we need that objective moral framework.  The key word is “objective.”  True objectivity must exist outside the realm that it’s being applied to or, it’s not truly objective. I suggest that again, our moral code was written outside our time and space. Remove time as well and you have an eternal existence with no clocks, no time, no beginning no ending . . . you have eternity.

Back to the Party

Let’s step briefly back to the party where you heard the statement about the guy being “nice and of a kind soul.”  If a relativist made that statement, he would have to borrow from an objective moral law to identify “nice, or kind” (good vs. evil) to make sense of the statement. If he were a true, dogmatic relativist, there would be no nice guys, just guys who had their own truth that didn’t match your truth or, “opinion guys.”

In a relative system, no one’s truth could be labeled “wrong” or “evil”. So a relativist, stating that a person was “nice or kind” would make little sense since he would have to label others as “evil” to do so, and according to the relativist, he lacks the system to anchor his claims to.  To do this labeling of good and evil you again need that moral framework of objective morality, the very thing the relativist denies exists.  If someone is “evil” then they’ve done something very wrong; “wrong” is only valid when objective.

So evil exists as does good, only because there is an objective moral framework created outside of time and space to set the standard. Again, outside of time or rather, eternity.  So I surmise that if evil exists, so does eternity. I also conclude that this is written on our hearts and it was documented in several books of the Bible over 2000 years ago. Truth doesn’t change, culture might.

This is the end of Part 2 of 3 blogs making the case for an eternal existence. Our next blog will wrap all this up and end with an explanation of time itself.  Time has been written about extensively and has fascinated philosophers for thousands of years.  I’m just going to make a few points to hopefully encourage you to pursue more on these subjects.  We’re all on our way, we just catch the flight at different times. The layover is eternal and you can pick your destination. You only need to humble yourself and forget pride. Pride is what brought the devil down.

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