Is evil universal?

There is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one. Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips, their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:10-18, NET).

During decades of travel in many parts of the world, I have frequently been shocked at the amount and intensity of corruption and violence which prevails in places I have visited. I have been tempted to rate locations as to which was most corrupt, or most dangerous. However I have come to the realization that those qualities exist everywhere I have been, and am now convinced that they are truly universal. Wherever people live there are bad people with evil intent. Continue reading “Is evil universal?”


“The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him” (Mark 1:12-13 ESV).

When traveling to distant and sometimes unfamiliar places I miss home, with all of my family, friends, and normal routines. Though I am usually busy and in the presence of many people, I can still feel lonely and isolated because of who I am not with and what I am not doing. Loneliness is a condition most of us experience at times, and it is one that is not generally pleasant. Continue reading “Solitude”

Worse than the first

Jesus began Luke chapter 11 giving us an example of prayer. He continued teaching his disciples that God is keenly interested in giving his people what they need, but that they must also keep asking him, keep seeking him and keep knocking on the door.

After the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons by the prince of demons, the Lord turned to them and told them that if that were true, they had nothing to worry about: he was sure to fail. But if what he was doing had God’s approval, then the kingdom of heaven had truly come. Continue reading “Worse than the first”

Jesus knows me

To hide his evil, man invented the theory of evolution. He claims he is improving. He believes in human goodness. He thinks social problems are solved by education. Man has great faith in man.

For from within, out of the human heart, come evil ideas, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, evil, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, pride, and folly. Mark 7.21-22.

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Digging up evil

“I’m going to go dig in the dirt.”

This is a common phrase among gardeners; a self-deprecating way of saying we intend to make something beautiful from something as basic and down-and-dirty as….dirt.

Oh, yes; there is more to gardening than the soil we work in, but the fact is that there is a lot of dirty old dirt involved in the process. Continue reading “Digging up evil”

Are we wheat or weeds?

Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t just take away the evil from the world? One of the arguments offered against God is that bad things happen. The argument goes something like this: if God is all-knowing, then he would know when bad things were about to happen. If he knows this, then he should do something to prevent the evil from taking place. If not, then there is something wrong with God. Rarely do people realise that in reality there is something wrong with their thoughts. Continue reading “Are we wheat or weeds?”

What Satan needs Christians to do

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17 NKJV).

This summer and fall Nepal has been struggling to obtain essential goods, such as food, petroleum supplies (gasoline, diesel, and propane) and other necessities. Certain ethnic groups in the southern plains, near the Indian border, have protested the newly approved constitution by staging sit-ins at border crossing points. Nepal officials charge the Indian government with aiding the protestors by closing the border to trucks carrying needed supplies. Continue reading “What Satan needs Christians to do”

What’s in it for me?

Members of civic clubs are always told what they should do to increase membership.

“Tell people what they can gain by joining the club,” one organizer said. “Tell them of all the benefits of membership.” The organizer said that people will want to know what membership will do for them. When they find out, he said, they will join. Continue reading “What’s in it for me?”

Tragic moral choice

In ancient Greek theater, tragedies were quite popular, a common plot, or sub-plot, requiring the hero to defy or disobey one Greek god in order to obey another.

Life is not a Greek tragedy where obedience to one god may require disobedience to another. For the Bible believer, we have one lawgiver and judge (James 4:12), and while it occasionally seems otherwise, his moral requirements do not put us where either way, whether we do or don’t, we stand condemned.

With the recent election still on our minds, we often hear of folk not liking either candidate (or party) say they voted for the “lesser of two evils.” It’d likely be more accurate to say they voted for the less objectionable of two less than ideal choices. Sometimes in life we get stuck with less than ideal choices (whether in politics or other areas of life), and the “lesser of two evils” kind of thinking seems to feed the idea we are sometimes forced to choose between two (or more) immoral alternatives. No matter which we choose, we are acting immorally and stand in transgression against God. We feel we can only choose the “lesser of two evils” or hope that our choice will “promote the greater good”, as there seems to us to be no moral solution. Continue reading “Tragic moral choice”