Is “good” a part of God or is God a part of “good?” Which is the bigger thing which contains the other? Most people would say that God is the container of “good” and not the other way around.
If this is true, then “good” comes from God. If “good” is contained within God, then evil is also contained within God. Why? Because there is no definition of “good” without an equivalent definition of evil. Without “evil” there is nothing to compare “good” with. “Good” cannot stand out by itself as something, er, “good” without an opposite standard to measure it by. The concept would be meaningless if there was only “good” and nothing else. Put another way, “good” cannot be better than something that does not exist.
Whew! It gets worse. Let’s assume that for good to exist, it must have its counter part of evil, and since good existed first with God, God also was the container for that counterpart called evil. However, even though evil was a concept, it had never manifested itself, so it had yet done no damage. It still existed, though. It HAD to exist, or else “good” could not exist.
God creates beings of all sorts. Some of these beings began to manifest what was once only a concept called “evil.” Evil then existed in fact as something real. Humans also manifested this “evil.” However, humans did not invent the concept of evil, they only manifested it, but they were not the SOURCE of it. God was.
Therefore, God is the SOURCE of evil. And good. You cannot have one without the other. If God did not exist and good did not exist, evil could not exist. If God exists, and good also exists, then evil must exist as part of God. If God does not exist and good does exist, evil also must exist. Anyway you look at it, if good exists, then so does evil. If good does not exist, please skip this post and go straight to the chat room and discuss the matter with “logical.”
This is not to blame God for anything, but just to point out that humans and even the highest of angels did nothing more than to manifest something that God had already made real in concept when he created the concept of “good.”
Now (at least for me, anyway) this is where it really gets fun and exciting! Consider the possibility that “good” and “evil” are merely opposites and that “good” doesn’t really mean much and that “evil” doesn’t really mean much in a continuum of existence. Perhaps our human life is like a Chess game. (Are Chess games still demonized in WatchtowerLand™?) In a Chess game there are no judgements, no real punishments, just lessons, and the lessons learned are more important than the concepts and consequences of “good” and “evil.” You just learn to get better and better at the game. You do that by losing a lot and then figuring out why you lost. There are many dilemmas here: do you get “better” at the game of life by being a self-serving criminal who could not care less about the rights and lives or others, or do you get “better” at the game of life by helping, loving and sharing what you have with others. When and how do you play your hand? What have you learned from the hands you have played so far? How do you improve on the game? What works? What doesn’t work?
Our life(s) could be a continuum in playing this game and our life lessons could be the payoffs as to how we play this game. Without “winning” or “losing” we just go on playing this game as long as we don’t get tired of it. For the sheer pleasure of it. Nothing more than that.
Hey! It is a possibility! So are invisible purple unicorns who speak in tongues! Or maybe it’s dumb. But one thing is for sure: in this scenario Jehovah ain’t holding our monthly field service report cards and judging us on how many hours we put in at the doors between stops at the doughnut shops during our lives.
Freedom to be outrageous is great.
29 Years Out of that Cult and Still Recovering