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Good from evil

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I'm reading the catechism of the catholic church and I came across the part discussing the presence of evil in the world--the age old question of "Why does it exist?" That question certanly came up this week in that horrific news about the father blowing up his home, killing himself and 2 very innocent children. "God is in no way, directly or indirectly, the cause of moral evil. He permits it, however, because he respects the freedom of his creatures..." I think most of us understand this concept of free will--God made us but he has given us the free will to choose to love Him or not, to follow his ways or not, to choose good over evil or vice versa. Unfortunately, that father chose the latter. But what really intrigued me about the sentence I quoted was it's completion: "...and mysteriously, (He) knows how to derive good from it." St Augustine is also quoted: "For almighty God...would never allow any evil whatsoever to exist in his works if he were not so all-powerful and good as to cause good to emerge from evil itself." At this point, I am not sure what kind of good can come from such a cowardly act as that, and I may never reach that understanding in this lifetime. But it's definitely something to reflect on, not just in terms of worldy events, but also in terms of my life. What are the bad things that happened in my life? What good has come out of them? I may not see any good now, but maybe, after some deep reflection, it may come to me.
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    Truly a topic my teenage daughter and i have discussed several times.
    You have the same thoughts I have.

    btw- love your background....I'm a nature lover!
    3414 days ago
    Good and bad are subjective. Plus how would we know good if there wasn't bad in the world? People who are given everything and never have to work will do bad things to keep the good they have, because they can't handle being without it. Those who are used to having bad things happen are sometimes so afraid of the good that they will sabotage it on site. One must work to be in between, trying to better the bad while enjoying the good.
    3414 days ago
    Very thought provoking Blog!
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    3414 days ago
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