Why is There Always Evil? Why Doesn’t God Wipe out Evil?

While the Bible is a very important book for Christians and Catholics alike, there are many questions to which the Bible does not have an answer. Here are two questions many people ask: Why is there always evil? Why doesn’t God wipe out evil?

In my opinion, there is always evil because evil serves a purpose. Evil is the opposite of good. Evil is here so that we can recognize and appreciate what is good. Evil is here so that we can have the opportunity to choose good. Evil is here so that we can develop spiritually, to become what we were meant to be.

… Thus he also has to know of the power of evil; he has to get to know it so that he can despise it and choose between one and the other. For this reason evil cannot be expelled from the world or the human being could never make a free decision of will. And this is God’s influence on human beings, which is not denied to him because he can, at the same time, release the powers of good, that is, the human will is prompted to aspire for good or for bad …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 3359)

… You humans have to believe that you are the fallen original spirits, that the path across this Earth is transient and only requires a test of will in order to regain your true nature, to create and work in My kingdom as blessed spirits once again, providing you don’t fail and then have to repeat the development through all works of the Creation …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8944)

Some people may say, “If God is loving and omnipotent, why doesn’t He wipe out evil? This again is a question to which the Bible has no answer.

Yes, God is loving and omnipotent, but it doesn’t mean that He will wipe out evil. God wants us to make a free decision of will. Man is the crowning glory of God’s creations. Man is the only creation given a free will. All other creations, living and non-living, are here to serve. They provide man with a means to live so that man can focus on the real purpose of his earthly life, that is, to return to God of his own volition. Just as the Tree of Knowledge existed to test the will of Adam and Eve, evil exists to test the will of their descendants.

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Going to Mass

For Catholics, there is no other religious service more important than Mass, which is an non-bloody re-enactment of Jesus’ sacrifice. However, God is not satisfied with this external ritual.

… And the same happens nowadays: a formal religious service giving due consideration to all rites and customs, demonstrating to the world the union with God whilst the heart of the individual is far removed from this intimate bond with Him. It is just pretence and deception; there is no longer any truthfulness in people’s way of life … (The Word of God, Proclamation 8686)

… I Am not satisfied with the fact that you perform external rituals and acts in the belief that I Myself will then be in you, that you unite yourselves with Me when you take part in the ceremonies which you understand as the Lord’s Supper, as Holy Communion … (The Word of God, Proclamation 7909)

According to Paragraph 2181 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, not going to Mass is a grave sin.

The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.

For this reason, some Catholics continue to go to Mass even though their hearts are not in it. Catholics have been taught the wrong doctrines all their lives. They are afraid to question, not to mention part with, these wrong doctrines, in the fear that they may go to Hell if they dare to do so. And so they will remain in error until they are enlightened by grace.

… Nowadays people will not want to part with the doctrines handed down to them by people either and will therefore always remain in error, because they refuse to accept the pure truth which can only be granted to them from above, from the Eternal Truth. Yet such a gift of grace requires free voluntary acceptance. The truth cannot be forcibly conveyed to people who are unwilling to accept it. And therefore it is difficult to root out misguided teachings even if these are substantiated and amended to them as being wrong … (The Word of God, Proclamation 8686)

… As long as they remain in their wrong thinking they will not be able to partake in the bliss of the kingdom of the beyond, which can only ever guarantee enlightenment … (The Word of God, Proclamation 8686)

Jesus never instituted Mass, a man-made religious service which is utterly worthless in the eyes of God.

… And you, who receive the truth from God, shall challenge this pretence of worship and remember that even Jesus during His life on Earth did not support those who upheld wrong doctrines and tried to justify their pretence of worship as the only one pleasing to God and who condemned everything that contradicted their teachings … (The Word of God, Proclamation 8686)

… The importance of enlightening you regarding the contamination of the doctrine which is supposed to come from Me is shown by the fact that people who mainly observe human additions are ignoring My teaching … (The Word of God, Proclamation 8829)

… As soon as you realise that the sole purpose of your earthly life is your transformation into love, you will understand the significance of My teaching of love and liberate yourselves from all ceremony which, in My eyes, is nothing but ceremony, worthless formality … (The Word of God, Proclamation 8829)

God wants us to transform ourselves into love, not attend worthless services.

… What then is the use of such “divine service” where you fulfil duties which I cannot value? And you believe you can make up for all your heartless actions by more eager church going and fulfilment of performances invented by men … (The Word of God, Proclamation 8829)

… … Your thinking will be right, your spirit will teach you from within, and you will free yourselves from all wrong doctrines. You will seek solitude more often and receive a richer blessing than by the “divine service” in which you now participate … (The Word of God, Proclamation 8829)

… You people only have one way to achieve maturity of soul on Earth: you have to live in love. Thus you can do what you like; you can zealously observe the laws decreed by people, you can comply with all regulations which are supposedly necessary, but your spiritual development will not progress one iota if you disregard love … (The Word of God, Proclamation 7690)

… You live a wrong life if you feel committed to denominational customs and traditions, to ceremonies and implementations of duty; you are wasting the energy of life which is given to you by Me for gaining spiritual strength on Earth, and this can only be acquired by deeds of love … (The Word of God, Proclamation 7690)

… How can you humans reconcile My wisdom with what you have built, with what you believe to be the “church of Christ”? How could I find pleasure in traditions and customs, in activities which are presented to you as “My will”? I can and will only take pleasure in those carrying out works of love … (The Word of God, Proclamation 7690)

Going to Mass will not lead us to God, but doing deeds of love will.

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Is God Present in Churches

I have been to quite a few famous churches in various cities, St. Peter’s Basilica, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, the Patheon, Santa Maria Del Fiore, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Holy Sepulchre Church, Church of the Annunciation, to name a few. While most of these churches look splendid and magnificent, I never sensed the presence of God while I was there.

One therefore ought to ask these two questions: Is God present in these magnificent churches? Is God present in any church at all?

I believe not.

Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands … (Acts 7:48)

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands. (Acts 17:24)

It does not correspond to My will that ostentatious and splendid buildings get erected for Me at a time when it is particularly important for people to look within themselves and not towards things which still belong to the world and which do not encourage striving for My kingdom with its magnificence and glory. Everything that captivates your eyes or appeals to your senses prevents you from introspection, from the contemplation of your inner self, which is so essential for you because the end is not far … (The Word of God, Proclamation 6402)

… Why do you think that you must honour Me with magnificent buildings? Why do you always externalise everything instead of working on improving your souls more eagerly? You people still do not understand that I cannot be found where you want to place Me. You all have the means to let Me be present in you. And therefore it is foolish of you to want to build houses for Me which serve no other purpose than to periodically assemble people who live according to wrong concepts … (The Word of God, Proclamation 6402)

… Those who want to speak to Me can do so in their hearts and wherever they are; they truly need no assembly halls which so appeal to the eye that they make all deep reflection impossible … (The Word of God, Proclamation 6402)

… But how can your soul awaken to life by external events, by worldly pomp and splendour, by constant feasts for your eyes and ears, by everything that affects a person’s external senses but cannot give life to the soul … (The Word of God, Proclamation 6402)

… Do good to your neighbour, ease his burden, try to help in every possible way, care for and give to your fellow human being what he is spiritually and physically in need of; but do not erect dead structures whose production does not comply with My will, especially since the physical hardship on Earth is so great that it would be far more pleasing to Me if you would lessen this adversity … (The Word of God, Proclamation 6402)

… A pure human heart capable of love is the only temple in which I Myself will dwell, and therefore I need not be sought in particular places at certain times and in a particular form … (The Word of God, Proclamation 4519)

God is not present in churches made with hands, be they magnificent or not. God is present in people’s hearts which blaze with love for Him and for their neighbour.

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Violence, War and Destruction

Every day we hear about violence, war and destruction. It therefore begs the question: Why is there never-ending violence, war and destruction?

The answer is actually quite simple. God created the material world to shelter us, the fallen spirits, so that we can eventually return to Him. The material world, however, belongs to Satan, whose goal is to thwart God’s plan of Salvation, that is, to forever enslave the fallen spirits and the spiritual substances bound in matter.

… Everything visible to your eyes testifies to God’s love; it was created to help the fallen substance, to elevate it from its sunken state, and therefore every work of Creation should be seen as an emanation of divine love and be respected and valued accordingly. None of God’s creations may be wilfully destroyed, for then its function, its intended purpose, will be prevented … (The Word of God, Proclamation 3300)

… Everything that is transient in the world belongs to My adversary, that is, all matter shelters imperfect spirits which My adversary once turned against Me and which therefore still oppose Me. Material Creation came into being through My will, and he has no authority over it. And yet this world belongs to him, for he can boast that the spiritual substances bound in matter are the product of his will … (The Word of God, Proclamation 4965)

Satan cannot wreak havoc on his own. He needs human beings to do his dirty work, and will use all means to do so.

… My adversary has no control over the spiritual substances which are still bound in matter. However, he tries to use it all the more on the final material form which shelters the spiritual being, on the human being in the stage of free will. He cannot force the human being to become enslaved by him, yet he can seduce him in every way and try to cause him to maliciously destroy material creations as well. Thus he uses the human being to accomplish his will after all: the destruction of matter … (The Word of God, Proclamation 4965)

… He tries to arouse or to increase the human being’s greed for matter and thereby also trigger instincts in him which do not shy away from destroying matter in order to enrich himself or to amass possessions, thereby taking their actual purpose of releasing themselves through being of service away from them, because the human being himself prevents the inherent spiritual substance from being helpful … (The Word of God, Proclamation 4965)

God values construction. Satan incites destruction.

… Every work of Creation by God or by a human being who just wants to work constructively should be respected. The destructive principle denotes the actions of God’s adversary … (The Word of God, Proclamation 3300)

… To destroy such creations results in the interruption of the spirit’s progress of development and can never be justified before God, as in fact all destruction of matter has to be motivated by love to be justifiable before God. Consequently, if destruction takes place for the purpose of producing objects which are helpful to people, which serve a useful purpose, the destruction is justified for the love of other people … (The Word of God, Proclamation 3300)

God demands love for one’s neighbour. Satan encourages love for oneself at the expense of others.

… Thus unkindness is the soul’s eternal ruin, for a soul who still languishes in profound darkness is wretched. It has become a victim of the one who is devoid of love himself and also wants to prepare this state for souls who allow themselves to be influenced by him, who are full of self-love and only ever treat their fellow human beings unkindly, because they are seduced by Satan, because he wants to transfer his own feelings into people in order to enslave them. Unkindness is the death of the soul; it poisons people’s thoughts, so that the results of thinking are lies and ill will which generate acts of hatred and in turn will result in evilness again … (The Word of God, Proclamation 5322)

… And neither can it be otherwise, for where there is love there is God, where unkindness and hatred reveal themselves there is Satan … (The Word of God, Proclamation 5322)

God is where love is. Satan is where hate is. Satan’s goal is to deprive us of the opportunity of returning to God. As long as the world lacks love, Satan is in control and there will be never-ending violence, war and destruction.

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Let Love Be Our Number One Priority

Every day we are bombarded with bad news stories. Here are some outrageous stories from last year:

  • Theantimedia.org reported that “[i]n Argentina earlier this year, a crowd of people at the beach pulled a baby dolphin from the water, taking pictures with it until it died”.
  • The dailymail.co.uk reported that “[a] mother was outraged after people filmed the moment her three-year-old daughter lost consciousness after choking on a chicken nugget on their phones”.
  • The nationalpost.com reported that “[n]ursing home workers across America are posting embarrassing and dehumanizing photos of elderly residents on social media networks such as Snapchat, violating their privacy, dignity and, sometimes, the law”.
  • Theguardian.com reported that “[a]n extraordinary rise in the popularity of manuka honey has led to mass poisonings of bees, thefts, vandalism and beatings”. Bees are maliciously poisoned so that “beekeepers can market their honey as ‘manuka’ and sell it for triple the price of standard clover honey, even if the active manuka content is so low as to be negligible”.
  • The metro.co.uk reported that “[a] mother encouraged her four-year-old daughter to eat sedatives because she felt she was an inconvenience to her relationship with her drug dealer boyfriend”.
  • The bbc.com reported that “[a] mother has been found guilty of plotting to let a man rape her seven-year-old daughter”.
  • The bbc.com reported that “Ukrainian prosecutors are questioning a 20-year-old mother after she allegedly left two toddlers in her flat for nine days, and one starved to death”.

New Year’s Day seems to fare no better.

  • The bbc.com reported that a “Brazil gunman kills ex-wife, son and 10 others in Campinas”.
  • The bbc.com reported that “[p]olice in Istanbul are hunting for a gunman who opened fire at a well-known nightclub, killing at least 39 people”.
  • The bbc.com reported that “[a]t least 23 people have been killed and 17 more are missing after a ferry caught fire off the coast of Indonesia … Ferries are a key form of transport in Indonesia, which is made up of thousands of islands. But safety records are poor, with ferries often overcrowded and poorly maintained”.

As long as we are selfish and love only ourselves, we will continue to hear bad news stories.

… As soon as selfish love is strong, the sense of justice recedes; then the human being will unscrupulously take for himself what belongs to his fellow human being … (The Word of God, Proclamation 3227b)

Satan is the instigator of evil. He encourages selfish love. As long as we allow ourselves to be influenced by Satan, we will not live in peace and harmony.

… Thus unkindness is the soul’s eternal ruin, for a soul who still languishes in profound darkness is wretched. It has become a victim of the one who is devoid of love himself and also wants to prepare this state for souls who allow themselves to be influenced by him, who are full of selfish love and only ever treat their fellow human beings unkindly, because they are seduced by Satan, because he wants to transfer his own feelings into people in order to enslave them. Unkindness is the death of the soul; it poisons people’s thinking, so that the results of thinking are lies and ill will which generate acts of hatred and, in turn, will result in evilness again …(The Word of God, Proclamation 5322)

Love is where God is. Unkindness is where Satan is. Love is the only weapon against Satan.

… Love is the most effective weapon against the opponent who cannot endure it, who takes flight and therefore will rather drop his victims than allow himself to be touched by rays of love. For this reason you should fight against unkindness and know that it will lead into ruin, whereas deeds of love will open the kingdom of light for you, and with love you can also help those to attain the light who still languish in darkness as a result of their loveless and unkind way of life on Earth. Only love can help them and release their restraints; only love can make all of you blissfully happy. (The Word of God, Proclamation 5322)

On this New Year’s Day, let us make a vow to let love be our number one priority. When our hearts burn with love for God and for our neighbour, we will be blissfully happy.

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Church in Flames

It was reported in the news that three Orthodox churches—one in New York, one in Sydney, one in Melbourne—went up in flames, two of which occurred on Easter Sunday, which is for Christians the holiest day of the year. Two of the churches were gutted: the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava and the Macedonian Orthodox Church of the Resurrection.

The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, formerly known as Trinity Chapel, was 160 years old; the Macedonian Orthodox Church of the Resurrection was about 126 years old; and the Holy Church of Annunciation of Our Lady is 115 years old.

One would likely ask this question: Why did God allow two of these beautiful historic churches to be destroyed? The answer can be found in the following passages:

It does not correspond to My will that ostentatious and splendid buildings get erected for Me at a time when it is particularly important for people to look within themselves and not towards things which still belong to the world and which do not encourage striving for My kingdom with its magnificence and glory. Everything that captivates your eyes or appeals to your senses prevents you from introspection, from the contemplation of your inner self, which is so essential for you because the end is not far … (The Word of God, Proclamation 6402)

… Time and again I have to remind you that “My kingdom is not of this world”. Why do you think that you must honour Me with magnificent buildings? Why do you always externalise everything instead of working on improving your souls more eagerly? You people still do not understand why I cannot be found where you want to place Me … (The Word of God, Proclamation 6402)

… You all have the means to let Me be present in you. You have the place in you where I want to be. I Am as close to each one of you as you would like Me to be, and each one of you has the power to draw Me to himself by simply fulfilling My only request of shaping his heart into love. For “whoever remains in love remains in Me and I in him”. Only love guarantees you My presence, but I can never be where you look for Me if your heart is not burning with love. And therefore it is foolish of you to want to build houses for Me, which serve no other purpose than to periodically assemble people who live according to wrong concepts … (The Word of God, Proclamation 6402)

So don’t feel sad when your beloved church goes up in flames. Just remember this: that God is not present in magnificent churches, but in people’s hearts which burn with love for Him and for their neighbour.

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Atheists Cannot Go to Heaven

Atheists can go to Heaven. This is the message given by Pope Francis in a homily during Mass on May 22, 2015:

… The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there ….

I beg to differ. Either Pope Francis is deluding himself or he is purposely misleading people.

While it is true that Jesus Christ has redeemed all of mankind, it does not mean that atheists can go to Heaven. The fact is that only people who of their own free will want to be redeemed and choose to be redeemed are able to do so.

… Jesus Christ has redeemed all people, but only those who want to be redeemed will partake of the blessings of the act of Salvation. But anyone who wants to will indeed become blessed, because his will entitles Me to snatch the soul from My adversary, because I have paid the purchase price for it with My blood …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7369)

… But even My love does not determine your will. For you have chosen this wretched state of your own free will, and of your own free will you shall also make an effort to be saved from it again. And for this reason the salvation through Jesus Christ requires your free will, otherwise the whole world would have been redeemed already, otherwise no one would be in bondage and weakness any longer, because the act of Salvation has been accomplished for all humankind … (The Word of God, Proclamation 6938)

As the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis should know better. Jesus Christ is the key to Salvation.

Jesus told him: I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

We cannot bypass Jesus Christ. Doing good is just a part of the equation. In order to be redeemed, we must call on Jesus Christ, we must acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and we must of our own free will choose Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

… You can release yourselves from the lord who still has control over you during your earthly life only by calling upon another Lord for protection. And I Am waiting for this call, for then I will also be entitled to snatch you away from him, because I have bought this right as the man Jesus by My sacrificial death …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7038)

… I only require the will of the human being; I only require the acknowledgement of Jesus as the Son of God and Redeemer of the world, in Whom I Myself accomplished the act of Salvation for people, in order to then be able to grant them the blessings of the act of Salvation which consists in the fact that the will of the human being finds strength, that he can receive the strength to achieve the transformation back into love …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7369)

Atheists cannot go to Heaven even if they do good all their lives. For their souls to be able to go to Heaven, they must first acknowledge Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour, if not on Earth, then in the kingdom of the beyond.

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