Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Good vs. Evil

(The eternal battle Rev. 12:7-17)

     We cannot avoid it, sooner or later we will realize that in the world, within us or outside ourselves, there is the battle between good and evil, truth and falsehood.  But naturally we must be on the side of goodness and truth since this is the way that leads us to the eternal reward.  The devil is the tempter, a main protagonist of evil that works hard to bring the most he could to the fires of hell.  Since he has been eternally punished by God because he wanted to be above God and rebelled against God’s commands, out of jealousy he wants to tempt as many humans as he could so they may also undergo a similar fate as he, Satan or Lucifer and his company of devils, the eternally condemned.  Jesus tells us in Jn. 8:44, “the devil is a murderer and the father of lies.”
    “And now war broke out in heaven, when Michael with his angels attacked the dragon.  The dragon fought back with his angels, but they were defeated and driven out of heaven.  The great dragon, the primeval serpent, known as the devil or Satan, who had deceived all the world, was hurled down to the earth and his angels were hurled down with him.  Then I heard a voice shout from heaven, ‘Victory and power and empire forever have been won by our God, and all authority for his Christ, now that the persecutor, who accused our brothers day and night before our God, has been brought down.  They have triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the witness of their martyrdom, because even in the face of death they would not cling to life.  Let the heavens rejoice and all who live there; but for you, earth and sea trouble is coming because the devil has gone down to you in a rage, knowing that his days are numbered… Then the dragon was enraged with the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, that is, all who obey God’s commandments and bear witness for Jesus” (Rev. 12:7-17.  Such is the battle raging in our present world—ever since time immemorial.

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