Monday, January 23, 2017
the devil made me do it
St Basil tells us what evil really is today in A Year with the Church Fathers.
He tells us to stop trying to blame our sin on anything outside of ourselves. That evil isn't something "out there". It isn't a tangible thing. There is no such thing as pure evil. Evil is only a distortion of what we are supposed to be inside. It is found inside of us, not "out there".
This is a pretty profound truth, and it might come as a surprise. Horror movies try to make us believe that there is an evil "force" out there that makes us do bad things. And we know that there ARE demons. That there are principalities and powers. That Satan is real. But those are also beings whose wills have been corrupted. Evil isn't a separate thing. It's only found inside of us created beings, and only when we allow it to be.
Fortunately, we don't have to allow it to be. All of us have sin in our lives. No one is perfect. So we all have a choice to make. Let sin take over and run crazy in our lives, destroying everything... or repent of our sins on a regular basis, keep turning from them the way that you keep turning from wrong answers when working math problems... and learn to live the way He is calling us to. Without sin, free to love.
God, please teach us to take responsibility for our sin - and learn to master it.