EVIL; Reality or Psychological Thriller? By Stacy King-Chaney/Gospel Editor Evil…. Is it a reality or just another supernatural psychological thriller to be aired for entertainment? Evil…. Is it a force beyond our humanity that possess us at its own discretion and take control of our thoughts and our behaviors? Evil…. Can it be cast out or cast down by that which is “good” and or “holy?” Evil…. “To be or not to be; that is the question?” Will we get the answer by watching the upcoming television drama “Evil”, to be aired on September 26, 2019 on CBS with the following as its premise? “Skeptical female psychologist Kristen Bouchard joins David Acosta, who is training to be a Catholic priest, and a blue collar contractor as they investigate the church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and other extraordinary occurrences. Their job is to assess if there’s a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work, examining the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series is created by Robert and Michelle King.” The premise of the show, as described by CBS causes us to give thought to evil as reality or is there some other logical explanation about the ability for our mind to create experiences that are not real but powerful enough to make us think that they are real? No matter, where you fall on the spectrum regarding evil and its power, it is something that mankind has struggled to explain, understand, and resolve. We hesitate to call the horrific deeds wrought upon mankind, such as the atrocity of the killing of infants and toddlers by the biblical account of King Herod, evil. He was thought to have a mental illness. We hesitate to call horrific deeds wrought upon mankind such as the dehumanizing horror of slavery in the United States, evil. We want to see it as economic development to build a nation. We hesitate to call horrific deeds wrought upon mankind such as the monstrous genocide of the Holocaust, evil. Defenders of Adolf Hitler just want to classify him as a “nationalist;” just a man who wanted to do the best for the Germans. The list is endless for the atrocities that have been experienced over the course of history. We simply find a category to place the behaviors and wash our hands of the matter because to call it “evil” would then cause us to give thought to the question, is there a God? Is there a Devil? Is there really a battle between “good” and “evil” and how it plays out in “our” reality and “our” truth. Well, as you view the video within this article and challenge your own beliefs, consider that the Bible does address evil. Jesus cast out demons and gave his followers the power to cast out demons, as recorded in (Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 3:13-15; Luke 8:1-3; Luke 11:14-26;). These are just a few Scriptures that address evil and its capacity to control the thoughts and behaviors of mankind. However, these Scriptures also reveal that God is greater than evil and through Christ, evil is cast out, good prevails and mankind can triumph over evil with the power of God. Our access to overcome that which is evil is found in our ability to pray and Jesus teaches us to pray in Matthew 6:1-13. It is within the Scriptures that we answer the question, “Is evil real or just a psychological thriller?”
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