Good vs. Evil on the Eve of the Apocalypse.
(c) 2012 by Tom King
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We are told by prophets of every stripe that the whole thing is coming to a bad end and we are at best fighting a holding action. Throughout history we have seen the tide of the Great Controversy come to a bloody head in vast explosions of violence. In the 1800s we had the Civil war. In the 20th century it was two world wars. We've held off the coming orgy of killing that is the wages of sin now for more than half a century. Small wars (by modern standards) have bled off some of the urge to violence, but not nearly enough. Organized mass murder in Russia, China, Cambodia, Rwanda and throughout the third world has reduced the population for a time, removing the meek by and large, apparently for the purpose of guaranteeing they do not inherit the Earth - at least not while it lasts.
You see it's a geometry not arithmetic.
If you have one person you have relative peace although that person may resort to suicide.
Two people and you have two possible vectors of aggression A against B and B against A
But add a third and you have 12 possible vectors of aggression
- A against B
- A against C
- B against A
- B against C
- C against A
- C against B
- A&B against C
- C against A&B
- B&C against A
- A against B&C
- A&C against B
- B against A&C
|(c) public domain Striking workers circa 1922|
For every extra person you add to this overcrowded world, you geometrically increase the number of vectors of aggression and possible combinations of aggressors. Think about billions of people on Earth today and how much worse it gets when you add more people. Add into the mix the fact that many of those people choose to be evil and are thus unscrupulous about who they attack and periodically the whole thing builds up to an orgy of killing. So far most of those orgies have merely reduced the number of trained killers along with slow-moving or slow-witted noncombatants who didn't see it coming and get out of the way in time - at least enough to take some of the pressure murder their fellows off the survivors.
Paul in Romans said, "The wages of sin is death." I think he was being literal. I think the apostle was trying to tell us that choosing to serve yourself first (which is the essence of sin) leads inevitably to death. Every notice how vigilant self-lovers tend to come to a bad end rather earlier than one might expect. Sadly and too often they take good people with them. The innocent may die. They may even fight to defend their home or loved ones, but it is inevitably the sinners who are behind all the death.
As Creedence Clearwater Revival once sang, "Two hundred million guns are loaded. Satan cries, 'Take aim!'"
It's not religions or political parties that do evil. It's people. Parties and religions are merely the tools bad people use to accomplish their aims. To those who reject political parties, churches or even families, your withdrawal from these institutions won't help. They will do their bloody work without you if evil men are allowed to take them over. You can never change a church or an organization or party from without except by destroying it altogether and doing that makes you just another killer and robs you of your soul. If you abandon these institutions which may have been established for quite noble purposes, you merely hand them over to evil people. You by your abandonment are as guilty as those who stayed and cooperated in the heinous actions of their leaders.
It remains best for us, I believe, to trust in God and treat our neighbors as we would wish to be treated and to stand for what is right wherever we are called to stand. "They that wait upon the Lord," says the Psalmist, "shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles."
So wait and be strong. Help where you can. Do good so far as you're able. It'll all be over soon.
I'm just sayin'