Epitaph: I did Not Like It Here

Is Life Wonderful?  Certainly!  Life is full of wonder.  The sky the trees the grass the hills the rain the snow the “put your own thing here” are all wonderful.  Falling in love and getting married is wonderful.  Having friends is wonderful.  Helping others and being helped is wonderful.  In fact, I can’t think of a single thing about life that is not wonderful.  Including evil.

{oh boy, here he goes again.}

Why do we tend to lower our interest when people start talking about evil?  Is it because we think evil doesn’t exist?  Try watching the local news sometime.  People killing other people, sometimes chopping them up and spreading their body parts among several different refuse containers.  Hmmmm….  That takes pure evil, I think.

So evil exists.  But why, and how?  How could someone do something so heinous as that described above while you yourself would never consider consciously hurting someone else?  And does refraining from killing other people make us good ourselves, or can we still be a little evil?  How did that killer get so thoughtless and uncaring that he could kill another human being without blinking an eye?  Was he born that way?

No.  He was not born a killer.  He was born a baby, just like you and me.  Was his early environment conducive to changing him into a killer?  Maybe, but he was born with the same Holy Spirit and guiding conscience that you and I were born with.  In order to reach the level of murderer he had to first refuse to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It might have been a little thing at first.  Bullying a kid at school.  Hurting small animals or other kids for “fun.”  Stealing candy from the corner store.  His conscious told him not to do these things, but he did them anyway.  And that is called blaspheming the Holy Spirit.  As he got older and continued to do things against his conscience, the Holy Spirit’s guiding voice became smaller and smaller, until finally he could not hear it anymore.  The Bible defines that, btw, as hardening the heart.

Most people believe that Murder is just about the worst sin we could commit.  But that’s not true.  The worst sin we can commit, as stated in the Bible, is blaspheming the Holy Spirit.  It’s not necessary for us to know about the Holy Spirit, nor for us to even believe in any religion to blaspheme the Holy Spirit.  It’s as simple as not following your conscience.  Because that’s what the Holy Spirit is.  And blaspheming the Holy Spirit is blaspheming God.  And the very FIRST commandment tells us to Honor God.

God put us here for a reason.  It doesn’t matter why He put us here, (none of us really knows why anyway.)  But one thing we agree on is that He wants us to come back.  He sent His son to die for our sins so that we can come back to Him.  And with Christ’s death came the Holy Spirit to guide us there.  So blaspheming the Holy Spirit is the worst sin because it can lead a person away from God, and not toward Him.

The murderer’s victim was not led away from God because of the murderer’s action.  He could very well be in Heaven now.  The murderer only hurt himself.  And that’s true of all sin.  The things you may do to hurt me or anyone does not truly hurt me.  It only hurts yourself.

Are we susceptible to ignoring the Holy Spirit?  Even though we might think of ourselves as good?  Did you act on that tugging feeling in your heart when you saw solicitors trying to collect money for starving children?  Or not?  What was that tugging feeling anyway?

The Bible, in fact Christ Himself told us that we can gauge our actions by determining if the things we do to others would be things that we would like others to do for ourselves.  And that coincides with what he called “the most important commandment.”  Christ said “Love one another, and love the lord your God.  Do these things and you will go to Heaven.”

None of us are immune from evil, no matter how “good” we think we are.  Are you spreading horrible gossip about others at your workplace?  Would you like someone else to do that to you?  Did you not return the money when the cashier gave you too much change in return?  Did you consciously ignore the hungry, homeless person as you passed by him?  There are a million ways that we choose not to listen to the Holy Spirit every day.  Our actions are what count.  If we had an opportunity to love another and didn’t – then that makes us evil, no matter how good we think we are.  There is no such thing as being a little good and a little evil.  Christ told us that we can not follow two masters.  Follow good.  Or follow evil.  Those are the two choices.

And going back to an earlier question: the reason we shy away from conversations about evil is because there is evil within us, and evil does not want us to believe it exists.  But it does exist.  Inside every one of us.

Anyway, that’s why I think my epitaph should be “I did not like it here.”  In all the wonderful and good things about life, I hate tests.  And life is a test.  Period.  But I like the good things too.  And I love my wife and kids.

 

 

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About johnallenrichter

I am an aspiring Poet and adorer of life, a conqueror of nothing. However I am a champion curator of truth and friendship and hold both of those things most dearly to my heart. Welcome to my mind's eye. I hope you will enjoy what you may find and please know that you have a friend here. View all posts by johnallenrichter

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