For millennia, the battle between Good and Evil has raged on, a never-ending war with new fighters brought in for both sides every generation. This battle has become an archetype that features heavily in the fictional realm. Yet it also finds itself in the real world, the world in which we live. We may not realise it, but all that occurs in this world is influenced by this ongoing battle. Therefore, this fight becomes so much more important.
Obviously, two sides take part in this eternal battle. The side of Good is one of light, one of hope, one of love, one of peace. It is the side of righteousness, the side of goodwill, the side of purity. It is the side of respect, including for human life. We take the side of Good when we do what is right, when we show love and compassion to others. We do not let ourselves become corrupted by Evil, even when it tempts us. We maintain order, we spread our goodness to others. For those of us who are religious, we pray, and put our faith in God. In Biblical terms Good is represented by God.
On the other hand, the side of Evil is one of darkness, one of hate, one of war and terror. It is the side of contempt for human life. It is the side of corruption, of temptation. We take the side of Evil when we expend others for our own personal gain. Typically, this comes in the form of wealth and power. We give in to temptation, allowing it to take a hold of us and corrupt us. Evil is a destructive force. It shows no mercy, tearing down all in its path. It is pure chaos. In the religious sense, Evil is represented by the devil.
The battle between these two forces is found at the heart of most fictional narratives in one sense or another, be they a novel, a film, or a television series. Most texts have a hero and a villain. There may be more than one, but this is what is at the core of the story. Take the Harry Potter series. Although the assortment of heroes and villains change in each novel, the overarching battle is the one between Harry Potter and Voldemort, where Harry leads the side of Good, and Voldemort leads the side of Evil. This battle culminates in an all-out battle taking place on the grounds of Hogwarts, what is essentially a battle whose outcome will determine the fate of the wizarding world. Ultimately, Harry must make a sacrifice in order to defeat Voldemort, but this is essential in defeating Evil. For without sacrifice, there can be no victory for Good in this world.
I have discussed sacrifice in a previous article, but it ties in again here. Good and Evil ultimately derives back to the Bible. In this case, the battle is between God and the devil. In order to defeat the devil by defeating sin, God sends his only Son, Jesus Christ, down to Earth. Jesus is the very epitome of Good. He is pure, without sin. Thereby, He is, in every sense of the word, perfect. In order to defeat Evil, Jesus sacrifices Himself, dying on the cross to save us from sin. When Jesus died, it probably appeared to some as if Evil had won. But three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and death. Sometimes, this is the way that events must occur in order for us to realise that Good does eventually triumph. Even the devil thought he had won until three days later.
This applies to the world in which we live now in many ways. We have witnessed the battle between Good and Evil play out historically, in wars, in rebellions, in politics. Take, for example, the Soviet Union. It was a living hell for those who lived through it. Millions didn’t make it out alive. Those who did had witnessed firsthand the death and destruction, the terror caused by a totalitarian regime completely corrupted by power. Eventually, after the publication and widespread reading of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, and a failed coup attempt on Gorbachev, the Soviet Union collapsed, bringing an end to a decades-long nightmare, and a terrible Evil. But this Evil returns again and again. Communist regimes tend to bring out the worst evils. They result in millions upon millions of deaths. In fact, over 100 years, Communism has killed over 100 million people. Yet people still think it is a good idea.
See, the thing about human beings is that we are inherently susceptible to corruption. That is why we can never do Socialism, Communism, nor Marxism properly. Only someone who was completely pure could do such a thing, and no such individual exists in the modern world. The only completely pure individual who has ever walked this Earth is Jesus (and Mary his Mother). Throughout our lives, we are subject to temptation, but it is the will to resist this that can prove to be the key to defeating the Evil that attempts to seep its way into us and turn us against good nature.
In current times, we are seeing the ultimate battle between Good and Evil play out before our very eyes. The battle between US President Donald Trump (and his team) and his opponents, which span not just America but worldwide, is one that will determine the fate of Western Civilization, and thereby the world. If Trump loses, Western Civilization will likely collapse, to be replaced by a precursor to global Communism. Essentially, if he loses, the entire world loses, except for globalist elites who will no doubt profit in terms of both wealth and power. If, however, Trump prevails, he will likely bring down the cabal of Evil that is attempting to enact such a regime, leaving the Left in collapse while Western Civilization rises. In such a circumstance, Good would triumph over Evil, and order would likely be restored not only to America, but to the entire world.
We are in one of the most crucial times in our lives. What happens from here on out will have some of the most extraordinary repercussions the world has ever seen. It will shift the balance in the battle between Good and Evil, bringing significant change to the social and political landscapes of this world. Even so, it will not signify the end of the battle between these forces. This is, after all, an eternal battle that will continue until the world’s end. It will be fought by countless generations in a wide range of ways.
At times it may seem frustrating and disheartening knowing that Evil is out there waging a war on the Good in the world. See, the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he doesn’t exist. But where there is hope, there is a cause for Good. There is a verse in the Bible, Ephesians 6:12, which says:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Essentially, the battle between Good and Evil is not necessarily a physical battle, but a spiritual one. Although at times it may involve some physical elements, the spiritual aspect is greater in that this is what drives us, what drives the two forces in this fight. It is thereby important that we maintain our spiritual and mental health, so that when we face the darkness, we are capable of fighting back against it and advancing the forces of Good. Ephesians 6:11 puts it well:
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
While at times we may feel like giving up, we cannot allow ourselves to do so. Evil wants us to stop fighting, to just lay down and subject ourselves to its will. This is not something anyone in their right mind would want. We must continue to push on, to use our minds, our voices, and our hearts for Good. If you have a platform, use it. If you have an opportunity to spread Light, take it. Whatever you can do to advance the force of Good in this world is worth doing.
We are in the midst of one of the most critical moments in this battle that traverses time and history. We cannot just sit back and watch it play out. We must stand up and fight like our lives depend on it.
As Edmund Burke once said, “Evil succeeds when good men do nothing.”