In the post on how moderates are evil I referenced Boethius’ proof. It goes like this.
1. God is omnipotent.
2. God cannot do evil.
Therefore evil does not exist.
What is evil then? It seems like it exists. It’s the privation of the good. It’s the absence of good.
The farther something or someone is from God, the worse it is. Couple that with freewill and it sure feels like evil takes on an active malevolence. It’s not.
Evil doesn’t exist. It’s like a vacuum, or a hole. Evil is a word we use to describe what ISN’T there.
Make no mistake, I’m not soft-pedaling evil. I hate what we call evil, I just recognize that it is the absence of the good.
Once Boethius and Aquinas made me understand this I finally could get some sense out of the Sermon on The Mount in Matthew.
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil:
but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right
cheek, turn to him the other also.
This isn’t some pacifist shit. Jesus is telling us that fighting evil doesn’t work. It doesn’t work because it isn’t a thing, it is an absence.
The only way we can defeat evil is to create good faster than it can be destroyed. Create good ya’ll. Kids. Food. Farms. Crafts. Arts. Music. Worship. That’s how we win.