There is a tendency among religious people to minimize or even romanticize evil away.
I myself would sometimes see sin as being part of the human condition,
being weak or being incomplete or being imperfect.
But there is real evil in the world.
The evil that would intentionally destroy what is true and beautiful.
The evil that would deliberately kill and snuff out innocent lives.
The evil that would oppress and take advantage of the weak and the defenceless.
Think of the EJKs in the government’s current drug war or the killing spree in Negros. Think of the many genocidal wars being waged around the world.
Think of political leaders who have killed thousands, even millions of their own.
Think of the greed that would bring down the world’s financial system for their own gain.
And the sad thing is that a lot of these evil deeds are sometimes done invoking the name of God and religion.
Real evil can also take root in me if I allow it or am not care-full.
With all humility and faith, I pray
“Do not let us fall into temptation but deliver us from evil.”
“He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the Evil One,
and the enemy who sows them is the Devil.”