Beyond Good and Evil

How can there be evil in God’s world?

God is good. God is everything. God does everything. Everything proceeds from him. The inevitable conclusion: evil is an illusion. For God at least.

Jehovah Elohim is a consuming fire. (Deut. 4.24)

Jehovah Elohim is a merciful El. (Deut. 4.31)

Evil is part of our reality because we are caught in the matrix of existence that was established with the law of duality. Birth and death. Love and hate. Pleasure and pain. Success and failure. Good and bab. Without good, there’s no bad and without bad there’s no good. Daily, we are broken on the Catherine wheel of want and fulfillment. How to end the suffering? “Stop desiring,” Buddha said. How? You can become an ascetic. Or a rational-stoic person. Or go beyond good and evil.

A pair of opposites shows the extreme poles of a thing or mode. Hot and cold are the extremes of temperature. Big and small are the extremes of size. Now, what good and evil describe? It seems that we don’t have a word for that. Peace maybe. Bliss? How about translucency?  Who manages to coin this word may receive the ultimate reward: enlightenment. Probably, it needs  a sacrifice. The sacrifice of common morality.

27. Geburah and Gedulah must work together, never the one without the other. We must adore the God of Battles as well as the God of Love in order that the combative element in the universe may not break from its allegiance to the One God, I Am That I Am. The sword must not be cursed as an instrument of the Devil, but blessed and dedicated in order that it may never be unsheathed in an unrighteous cause. It must not be cast aside in an impracticable pacifism, but placed at God’s service, so that when the command goes forth that the evil thing shall not be suffered any longer, the mighty Khamael, Archangel of Geburah, may lead the Seraphim into battle, not in destructive rage, but temperately and impersonally in God’s service in order that evil may be cleared up and good prevail. – Dion Fortune, The Mystical Qabalah, page 182

Balance is the key. What does that imply? Experience. Skill. A free mind. The ability to perceive a thousand grey shades in the cracks between the black and white of morality. Love. Humility.

For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to pluck up that which was planted. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to break down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones. A time to speak and a time to be silent. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. – Ecclesiastes 3.1-8.

We ate from the fruit of the Tree of Discernment of Good and Bad because we wanted to live and experience. That was a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it allows God to experience His creation through us. A curse because the mastery of knowledge needs many lifetimes of learning by doing.

Wait, to which thing belong blessing and curse? Experience? Challenge? Life? It’s time to dig for unphrasables again.

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2 comments on “Beyond Good and Evil

  1. “Good and evil are the extremes of what?” <– seems like a koan.
    I think good and evil are relative to the perspective of the individual. They are the poles of moral, do you agree? And moral is subjective.

  2. Yes, good and evil are subjective and the soul’s assessments change as it grows older. The soul learns to distinguish grey shades. In God’s context evil does not exist, since He does everything. The concept of good and evil is a paradox and hence like a koan. 🙂

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