A History of the World
To Christians, human history is, in a nutshell, a continuing battle between good and evil. A profound Canadian blogger*, I found out, has the same belief, but expressed it differently. He wrote: “[The] History of the world is the war against the Church, death versus life.”
Good is, of course, personified by Almighty God, the Creator of the Universe and of every good thing. He is the Supreme Good (Summum Bonum). Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God, established His Church and gave her the mission to fulfill God's plan for humankind.
Evil is personified by an intelligent angelic creature who chose to rebel against his Creator. The Evil One, the D’evil (see it?), also called Satan, tempted our first parents through lies and wiles and caused them to fall, like he did. The difference is that the fallen angel was beyond redemption, but Man was given a second chance and was redeemed by Christ.
Satan’s hatred of God is so intense that he wants to thwart His plan for mankind by luring us, creatures made in His image and likeness, away from God. Satan's goal is to destroy us. “Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (Peter 5:8)
We are to be immensely wary of the Devil. He is shrewd and cunning. One of his tactics is to make people believe the lie that he does not exist. This is so people can do anything they want, however despicable and vile, without their feeling associated with him.
The Devil is not acting alone. He has cohorts. “For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Christ sent His disciples with the mandate and warning: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Mt 10:16)
Unfortunately, it looks like a lot of believers find it more convenient to do the easier things, to choose the easier ways, to be meek as doves, not to be wise as serpents. Many are naive and clueless about who is behind what is going on. Some who are shepherds remain silent and run when the wolves attack. Then they wake up to a new reality contrary to what they expected. Complacency, non-vigilance and fear have their consequences.
For one, evil forces use the freedoms of a free society to promote their agenda through lies and then quash those very freedoms once they gain power. Evil uses the principles of the good, then after it wins, it enforces its own evil rules. Evil invokes tolerance of itself but imposes intolerance when it gains the upper hand.
The naïveté or complacency is evident in the sinfulness of the world in all its forms and in all places. Now the evil of totalitarianism, always godless, has reared its ugly head in the bastion of democracy and freedom in the world. The persecution of the good and the Church is underway and is expected to intensify.
This has happened before and is happening now. Unfortunately.
“History is the war of the World against the Church, death versus life.”
History repeats itself if people forget its lessons.
But Good will triumph over Evil.
Truth will triumph over lies.
God is the Creator and the King!
We march under His banner. We are on His side! #
* David Warren, "Essays in Idleness"