An article came up on an “alternative news” website I occasionally look at – The Psychological Power of Satan. This site is admittedly quite “conspiracy theory”, but we also have to say that evil in the world is, and always has been, a true conspiracy – not a figment of the imaginations of the mentally unbalanced. Nazism in Germany and Communism in Russia were true conspiracies. Evil has not gone away, far from it!
Science is giving us a tremendous amount of insight into evil. We find the notion of the psychopath, characterised in the total lack of empathy for others or moral conscience – the negation of any notion of right and wrong.
The one significant idea of this article is that “pure evil” is a myth and evil is not immutable. We all have free will and can choose between good and evil. To suggest that someone is born evil is to postulate a form of predestination and a justification for killing that person. It is the justifying notion of capital punishment and the idea that someone who has committed an atrocious crime is beyond redemption. I think this article gives us much to think about, and notably that the enemy is found within ourselves. We all have our shadows and inner conflicts.
There is a book that has had a certain influence on my way of thinking Andrew M. Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes. Here is a review of this book, which I have read. It’s hard going, for someone like myself without training in clinical psychiatry, but it needs reading.
We are brought to discover a terrifying conspiracy that goes far beyond human machinations.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.