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It seems to me, no one fears criticizing good, but all fear accusing evil. That is because we understand that there are consequences for ridiculing evil but none for abusing good. A good man, organization or group will tolerate the abuse, without a thought to harming the abuser. Evil men, associations and groups will exact revenge however. As a result, those that libel the good in our society are cowards, while those that point out evil are heroes.
We all know that evil grows in the dark and is often called darkness itself. That is why, when we hear criticisms of despicable people or organizations, we cringe. We know that if the wrong person overhears they might react violently. The evil among us are as prone to violence as the good are to forgiveness. Violence being in the nature of evil and forgiveness a quality of good. Those that criticize evil put themselves in mortal danger while those that criticize good have no such fear.
The Catholic church comes under much criticism not all of it unwarranted. However, the people that attack it have no worries they will be hunted down and stabbed to death. They are in no danger of being shot from a bicycle on their way to the store. Not a one among us fears the Catholic church today.
There was a time in history when this wasn't true. Those that even questioned the Church's teachings were threatened with burning at the stake. This wasn't due to anything Jesus taught but due to the evil men that controlled the Church at the time. Evil works outside the tenets of faith, societal moors and the cultural ethos. Evil fears the light of scrutiny just as a vampire of exposure to the sun.
The reaction to criticism is a reliable way to determine if that person, organization or society is evil. If any criticism of such people strikes fear into those that hear it, we can say that it is most assuredly true, that person, organization or society, is evil. The fear we feel is as sure a way to prove evil exists as any. In this way we have a metric for measuring evil. The more violently the reaction to criticism the more evil we can say that group is.
To do a thing that has no peril, is not a brave thing to do, just as doing a thing that brings with it great danger, can be heroic. The soldier who runs through a hail of gunfire to save a friend is a hero but a person who allows a car to go first is not. Heroic actions require danger in their doing.
Not all dangerous actions are heroic however. Jumping from a bridge into shallow water is just foolish, as is swatting a bees nest, and not all good actions are heroic. Helping an old lady cross the street is an honorable thing to do but is not heroic.
So we can say that those who attack good people, organizations or groups are not heroes. No matter the hypocrisy they may point out. The heroes in society are the people that point out evil. Those that shine a light on evil put themselves in peril doing so. Those that attack a good man do not. Heroism is about forwarding good actions not undermining them.
Society benefits when good is highlighted and society is damaged when good is attacked. The good among us are attacked by evil without consequences but the evil among us is protected by their propensity to violence. This sets up a pernicious feedback loop. Good is diminished while evil goes unrecognized because of the fear of pointing it out. The prosperity of Mankind is undermined and those that would usurp power are protected by the darkness of fear they wear as a cloak. People turn away from good, and the cause of evil is advanced, until evil oversteps like the Nazis did. Then mankind is forced to act.
Men and women would be well advised to consider this carefully when they hear criticisms. If a shiver runs down your back, and you cast an eye about to make sure you are not overheard, the group being criticized is quite likely evil, but if an accuser yells his or her accusations loudly and without fear, you can reliably say the group being chastised is good. We diminish good and ignore evil at our mutual peril. The interests of Mankind are only helped when heroes stand up to evil. They are often jailed, abused and condemned for it, but the future of humanity hangs in the balance. That is why I say, to shine the light of criticism on evil is heroic, and to vilify good is not.
john , i think you are right on !
Good people in Germany didn't say anything about the furnaces even though the smoke was blowing their way. Some people risked, and gave, their lives to save Jews from the horror. Our time of decision draws nigh. We need to decide now which side we are on. I am praying every day that the Lord will give me courage to do what is right in the face of evil.
the thing about the darkness is you really do not need to fight it or criticize it, you only need to turn on the light.
No real need to focus on the dark, one should only be concerned with existing more fully in the light.
There will always be vile haters who despise the light and attempt to persecute it. The only recourse they have against such things is to attack the person standing in the light because they can not attack the light itself.
Well said BR
John P, I agree in the most part and see your post as thought out in the most part, however there is a question on this paragraph.
"The reaction to criticism is a reliable way to determine if that person, organization or society is evil. If any criticism of such people strikes fear into those that hear it, we can say that it is most assuredly true, that person, organization or society, is evil. The fear we feel is as sure a way to prove evil exists as any. In this way we have a metric for measuring evil. The more violently the reaction to criticism the more evil we can say that group is."
I agree in the most part that "The reaction to criticism is a reliable way to determine if that person, organization or society is evil. If any criticism of such people strikes fear into those that hear it, we can say that it is most assuredly true, that person, organization or society, is evil." but when you followed it with "The fear we feel is as sure a way to prove evil exists as any. In this way we have a metric for measuring evil." Okay, we do not always know the fear criticism places on some people and on the other hand if you criticize someone long enough, to the point they feel like nothing and are in danger and the react, how does not show them as evil when many times the criticism itself is based in evil.
So I ask, if the criticism is based in lies and it continues to the point people can not take it any longer and they speak up how is this "measuring evil." if the criticizer was being evil by provoking then and they finally react, are you saying they are more evil or both are just as evil?
Daily pointless vicious attacks that are essentially libel can provoke an extreme reaction. But the point I was making is a person, group or organization that uses fear as a means of controlling their message, can be said to be evil, and that the fear they engender in their critics and the listeners of those critics, can be a reliable way to measure the malevolence or that person, group or organization.
Good people need to be provoked to the extreme to react violently, while those that provoke them have no initial fear of their reaction, that is why they push and push... until the person attacked explodes. No human being is an angel we can all be provoked... but evil is a sore that reacts the moment it is touched.
I hope this answers your question. :-)
DOH! I just noticed I misspelled Criticize! Sorry...
John P, I was thinking on your post last night on the reaction to criticism and still agree with most of it, I thought about the part I responded to and agree in part and still question the part I replied on but also agree it fit in some cases.
Example one side, if someone criticizes a thief for stealing something, the fear they show can show, in many cases the guilt. On the other side is someone criticizes too much or criticizes with an agenda, then the fear the listener has may be justified.
Thanks, John P, I didn't refresh before responding this morning. You cleared it up.
After reading your post a second time, I agree, what we have to look out for, is when we criticize someone who may have been provoked by others and when they react, it could fall under your explanation but I also will say a smart person should or we hope will give the benefit of the doubt to the criticizer to see if it is an attack or a statement. ie, assuming someone is one way because of their looks or background and they have been criticized for so long it has just gotten to them.
Excelent, I may point out evil is no longer hiding in the dark, evil is arrogant ,The world is upside down in many ways.
Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
By renouncing the Bible, philosophers swing from their moorings upon all moral subjects. . . . It is the only correct map of the human heart that ever has been published. . . . All systems of religion, morals, and government not founded upon it [the Bible] must perish, and how consoling the thought, it will not only survive the wreck of these systems but the world itself. "The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." [Matthew 1:18]
When Jesus said "The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it" He was talking about His called out ones, not the government. There are many believers in Dominion Theology that would conflate the too, to their own peril and the peril of many others.
The vast majority of the Founders believed government was a necessary evil, and evil can not be founded on something good... Never mind something perfect like the Word of God. Washington refereed to government simply as "Force". There is nothing forceful in the Ministry of Jesus or His Holy Spirit.
The Church exists to restrain evil in every form. The Bible exists, in part, to reveal evil and in every form of evil including the intents of evil that masquerade as light and goodness.
Br. Your comment masquerade, I have been using the word " Cloak."
There are groups cloaking themselves by good deeds and acts of charity.
easy to spot for some of us , Where there is smoke there is fire.
Very True Lon!
The Bible declares the Word of God is both ALIVE and ACTIVE and it is able to decern both the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
The only warning Christ gave to His Apostles was not to be deceived into being Hypocrites like the Scribes and Pharisees. They diligently quoted men and coveted power, and although they appeared religious, in reality they despised God, and schemed to kill Him.
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