Science has achieved incredible results. We’ve probed deep within the atom. We’ve seen to the farthest reaches of the universe, and we’ve discovered drinking coffee will extend our lives. Our language today is splattered with the accomplishments of technology. We phone, we text, we drive and we’ve doubled our lifespan. All things ancient societies would have never understood. But there’s one thing they knew that we don’t. We don’t talk about it. It’s evil.
We know everything about coffee, but today’s scientific society has forgotten how to talk about evil. When big banks wreck down the economy, it’s a crisis of the financial system. When murderers run amok in schools, it’s psychological insanity. When a dictator takes down his own people, it’s the fault of their governmental structure. All those things are real problems, and we should debate about our financial systems, we should cure mental illness, and we should find the best government for each civilization. But this chatter hides a deep and serious underlying tragedy. If there’s one thing upon which ancient religions and modern atheists agree, it’s that human beings have the propensity to do evil. Freud called it the death drive. I can live in a world-class economy with the best possible government fostering perfect parents, and I might still murder my brother. Why?
Evil exists in the world because I am in the world. I can drink all the coffee in Columbia and it won’t solve my problem. It’s indefinable, mysterious, and incurable. Big government, small government, capitalism, socialism, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Mormon, none of those can help me. I can reduce my carbon footprint to nothing, I can eat only locally grown food, and I can give my life to save my less fortunate brothers, but that won’t treat my illness. I can follow every law of the Bible, the book of Mormon, or Sharia to the letter, and I will still do evil. The only answer to my problem, the only answer that there has ever been and ever will be is Christ.