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Evil Is "Make-Believe"

Evil Sin Nature Naive

Source: Daily Wire

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-09-09

Scripture: Mark 7:21

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A young American couple, Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, 29, quit their jobs to take a year-long bike trip around the world.  Sadly, the trip took a fatal turn on a route near the Afgan border where they were stabbed to death by alleged ISIS terrorists.  The couple ignored warnings about the dangers of the region, claiming to believe that evil was a make-believe concept. 

Earlier on their journey, while in Morocco, Austin wrote:

"You watch the news and you read the papers and you're led to believe that the world is a big, scary place. People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil. People are ax murderers and monsters and worse.

I don't buy it. Evil is a make-believe concept we've invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own—it's easier to dismiss an opinion as abhorrent than strive to understand it. Badness exists, sure, but even that's quite rare. By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind. No greater revelation has come from our journey than this."

 

APPLICATION

It's pretty shocking to think that anyone could be this naive.  You would think that all anyone would need to do is to watch or read the news to know that evil is alive and active in our world.  

But perhaps even more surprising is the denial that evil exists within ourselves.  For it is one thing to be suspicious of the "narrative" presented by the media; it's quite another to deny our own dark side.  It's not "make-believe" to believe that evil is real.  But it is pure fantasy to deny what we all know to be true within--sin dwells in all of us. 

There are consequences to living in denial of such a fundamental truth.  It causes us to turn a deaf ear, like the Geoghegans did, to important warnings we might otherwise heed. And there are also spiritual consequences to living in denial of the existence of evil. When we refuse to acknowledge the sin that dwells within us, we turn a deaf ear to God's warnings of impending judgment and to our own  personal need for salvation. 

As tragic as the story of the Geoghegans is, this is far more tragic.

"For it is from within, out of a person's heart, that evil thoughts come--sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person" (Mark 7:21-23). 

Evil Ascends

Evil Humility Expectations

Source: NELSON’S ANNUAL PREACHER’S SOURCEBOOK by Robert J. Morgan, 2003, p. 304

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-15

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12

Author: Robert J. Morgan / Illustration Exchange
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Nelson’s Annual reports:

Claudius became Roman emperor in A.D. 41 at the age of 50, as referred to in Scripture. He lowered taxes, extended the empire into Britain and Mauritania, and refused to be worshipped as a god. But the latter years of Claudius were marred by intrigue, much of it centered around his wife, Agrippina, who wanted to secure the throne for her son, Nero. On October 12 of A.D. 54 she fed Claudius mushrooms with a potent pinch of poison. He suffered 12 agonizing hours before dying.

Nero ascended the throne, infamously known as the ruler who ”fiddled while Rome burned,” who dipped Christians in oil, and then set them on fire to light his gardens at night, and who made sport of feeding Christians to the lions.

APPLICATION

The psalmist asked, "O LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult?" (Psalm 94:3). Surely, the Christians in the first century must have asked that same question as they suffered and died at the hand of Nero. Though they yearned for God's justice, they would not see it in their lifetime.

It's tempting for todays Western Christians to think that things are different, that life should be fairer to us, as though God owes us something. But can we really suggests that we are more deserving than those who bore witness to Christ as martyrs under Nero? And isn't it true that there are Christians in many parts of the world today, under communist and dictatorial rule, who continue to suffer persecution and martyrdom?

These realities, past and present, speak to those of us who live in relative security. They tell us that we should not only be grateful for our freedoms, we must also be humble in them!

"Dear friends, don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you" (1 Peter 4:12).

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Scientist Invent A Blackness So Dark It Cannot Be Seen

Evil Spiritual Warfare Deceived/Deception

Source: "Scientists Create 'Super Black' That Our Eye Can't See:nNANOTUBES ABSORB 99.96% OF LIGHT" By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff, published Newswer.com, Jul 14, 2014

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-28

Scripture: Ephesians 6:12 ; 2 Corinthians 11:15

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Surrey Nanosystems, a British nanotechnology company, has developed a coating product so black that it is invisible to the human eye. The coating, called Vantablack, absorbs 99.96% of all light, making it virtually undetectable.

"Vantablack," reports Newser, "is made out of carbon nanotubes 10,000 times thinner than a human hair. It's 10 times stronger than steel, and more than seven times more conductive than copper."

Aside from its cloaking characteristics, it has a variety of possible scientific and defense industry applications, from reducing stray light and glare in sensitive telescopes and cameras, to protecting sensitive electronic components.

APPLICATION

Remember, our battle is not against flesh and blood--things you can see--but against "the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).

In the spiritual realm, there is a darkness so dark that it is not only difficult to detect, but it actually appears as light!

"Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:15, NLT).

Justice in Norway

Justice Mercy Evil

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-22

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; Psalms 85:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Power of Doing Something

Spiritual Warfare Apathy Evil

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2014-07-22

Scripture: Romans 12:21

Author: Albert Einstein / Mitchell Dillon
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Evil Rocks Aplenty

Evil Sin Nature Man

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-22

Author: unknown
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The Headlines Are Scarey

Easter Evil Victory

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-14

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:55

Author: James W. Moore
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I've Seen Bad - This is Good

Evangelism Gospel Evil

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2013-10-16

Scripture: Isaiah 65:23

Author: Rod Crowell
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I'm Not So Bad Compared to Hitler

God's Judgment Self-deceived Evil

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-15

Scripture: Romans 3:23

Author: Philip Yancey
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Who Turned Out the Light?

Evil God's Presence Light

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2013-01-21

Scripture: 1 John 1:5

Author: Norman Geisler
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