Good and Evil – Definition lost; definition found
Ravi Zacharias is one man that more people should listen to, and Paul
Washer is also one of my favorites. These men have learned from
others and quote them extensively. The following is what I have
gleaned from their teaching among others. I believe it so I pass it
on to you as I heard it.
When asked how the walk with God today differed from the walk of Adam
and eve in the Garden of Eden, Mr. Zacharias answered that in contrast
to today, in Eden there was only one law and one temptation – one
command of God that had to remain unbroken for man to live perfectly
with God forever – Don’t eat of THAT tree.
What was it about that tree that God wished to guard so closely for
Himself? Why was Knowledge of Good and Evil such a dangerous thing in
the mind of man? One need only look around today as the world
struggles with the question “What is good and what is evil?” and we
can’t agree on the answer. From the struggle within, man has brought
Dr. Zacharias’s words: “The day that you defy the one mandate of God
not to define good and evil everything wrong will ensue…(what)
happened in that garden was the denial of God’s prerogative to be the
definer of good and evil.”
What four truths does man need today to set the world straight - the
four questions at the forefront of all philosophy and everything
human? Evil, Justice, Love, and Forgiveness; these are the four
truths we have forgotten how to define, and it’s literally ripping the
Jesus said “I Am the Truth…” and we find that all these truths came to
a convergence on a hill called Calvary where God (along with the
knowledge of good and evil) was nailed to a cross. The evil of the
world was brought to justice in an unearthly act of love which bought
forgiveness for mankind.
When you find your definitions in God - in the cross - you find the
very purpose for which you were created.
God said “Seek and you shall find – Knock and the door will be
opened”. The problem is everyone thinks their worldly doors should
open before they seek the heavenly ones to find them. Paul Washer
said those who desire this salvation will not think it too hard or
complain…they will have it on any terms.
Salvation could never be the comfortable path for the contented but it
remains the last hope of the bitterly wrought and desperate. God
would have His servants content with the least of His mercies yet they
should rush forward like madmen to attain it ... in their desperate
need of salvation they run at God diving through any open window of
mercy or any unlatched door of grace.
Salvation may begin with the quiet introduction to an altogether
charming God but it should always climax with the revelation of the
truth of the Cross and the desperate measures taken to save desperate
man who is in need of the Truth to define the question of evil,
justice, love, and forgiveness.
Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.