Calling evil good

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20 NKJV).

“Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves” (Romans 1:22-24).

One does not have to be in Nepal for very long to become aware that the view of divinity held by the majority its people is drastically different from that considered normal in most of Europe and North America. Many who are raised in those latter cultures think of paganism, idolatry, and polytheism to be things of the ancient past. They do not realize that billions in the modern world continue to practice those forms of religion.

God’s perception of idolatry is clearly stated in the Bible. Idols are corruptions of the divine nature (Romans 1:22ff), impotent creations of foolish men (Psalm 115:4-8), and are abominations to God (1 Kings 11:7). Those who worship and serve them are calling evil good and replacing the sweet (God Almighty) with the bitter (the lies of false gods).

It is also clear that one does not have to go to the other side of the world to find the practice of idolatry, or to hear good called evil and evil good. One may commit idolatry by becoming covetous (Colossians 3:5) or by placing some person, practice, or thing above God in his or her affections (Matthew 10:37; 19:21-22). Worshipping the material instead of the spiritual is as commonplace and evil today as it has ever been.

As I think about these things I cannot but expand their application to embrace a modern enthusiasm in our country. That is the fascination with the world of fantasy, and the obsession of many with mythical creatures of that world. I am speaking of zombies, werewolves, vampires and other fictional representatives of the realm of the “undead” and / or the demonic realm.

Movies, television series, video games, and books featuring these beings have exploded over the past two or three decades. Certainly they were featured in such media long before this period, but now they have achieved acceptability and even a kind of hero worship by many. No longer are vampires and were-wolves evil beings to be feared, avoided, or defeated. In many modern stories they are the main protagonists who are identified with and admired by the viewer or reader.

In light of the passages quoted previously I find this disturbing. No good comes from confusing evil and good. When we begin to enjoy relating to bad things or admiring evil beings we have already turned our value system upside down. One may call evil good, but that does not make it true. What it does create is a person deceived and entrapped by that which he or she has accepted. Their end is only tragic.

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Michael Brooks

Since 1988 Mike and his wife Brenda have been involved in foreign missions in South America, Africa, and South Asia. Beginning in 1999 they devoted full time to missions, primarily in Bangladesh and Nepal.

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  1. Most people in this country have no idea how dangerous this stuff is to our spiritual lives. Many think demons were only active in Biblical times, and some think they were just misinterpreted diseases. Having lived in Africa and Nepal, where the occult is rampant, you probably had an up front and personal glimpse into that world.

    The occult is very real and very powerful (but not as powerful as God). I can’t understand why there is not more preaching or warning about it.
    Once a person truly understands and believes in a spiritual realm that has both good and evil, how can one not accept Jesus Christ as the ultimate redemption from all that garbage? How can they look back and watch the bloody horror movies, or movies about Satan/demons and witchcraft as though they were all pure fiction?
    So many movies in the last 3 decades have been spawned by the counter-cultural spiritual seeking individuals of the late 60s and 70s (think post hallucinating drugs, anything goes “revolution”, and rise of accepted Satan worship, witchcraft, and study of occult religions during that time).
    Those years, just as the late 1800s-early 1900s with the “spiritualism” movement, left a lot of evil debris in their wake that has lingered in the lives of multitudes of people.
    There seems to have been a split of spiritual ideas after all the seeking of the 60s/70s had run its course. Several blended into the “Jesus Movement” , or more evangelical religions, if they saw the impact the lies of the occult had left on their lives. Others just changed the appearance of the evil into something more acceptable like modern New Age practitioners, or formed new religions based on the occult like Scientology.
    The abundance of occult movies (at least 1/4 that I noticed in the past few years),TV programs, rise of occult graphic comics, interest in supernatural events in the news, and even music to a degree, show that Satan is alive and well on planet earth, in the United States as easily as in Africa or Napal.

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