To see evil via the eyes of God is to see it as it actually is. I set to thinking about this when I read a post by Michael Johnston quoting Ayn Rand:
“You can avoid evil, but you can’t avoid the consequences of avoiding evil.”
This is true and needs much thought by believers. Certainly we should avoid evil in the sense that we stay as far away as possible from certain places and people. In our personal life we soon learn to refuse evil a safe house in the structure of our mind and heart as Paul advised in 1 Corinthians 15:33. “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”
Evil communicants, evil thoughts, feelings etc, really do have a negative impact on living a life of biblical manners indicative of the true good life, the genuine la dolce vita. Communicants certainly means people of an evil bent. Whether we like it or not we are painted with the same brush as our “community of associates.” Those with whom we associate regularly are assumed to be those of our natural habitat and thus we are like them, approve of them and in many ways wish to emulate them.
All the above is said to make crystal clear the statement by Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged, about the “consequences of merely avoiding evil.” The old adage, “Hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil” is up to date.
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