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If you haven’t read A Man Who Who Told Us the Truth yet, here’s an excerpt from the chapter on Evil:
The Jesus Solution
There is, however, the possibility that Jesus was right. As in the other areas of Jesus’ teaching that we have discussed, the implications of Jesus’ correctness on the issue of evil are as intriguing as they are radical. If Jesus was right, we have to rethink not only what is wrong with culture but also how it can be fixed.
If Jesus was right, then human beings are not the ultimate beings in the world. Open the door to supernatural evil and you open the door for spiritual realities and beings that go far beyond our ability to comprehend. If we are indeed being acted upon and influenced by outside sources, then we must come to the chilling conclusion that we are neither alone nor in control of our universe. If we acknowledge the possibility of an evil spiritual order, we must then also acknowledge the possibility of a good one, and not far behind comes the inevitable conclusion that the two are at war and that we are the ultimate prize.
If Jesus was right, then evolutionary thinking gets even foggier. Evolution offers a theory of the origin of material life. It has nothing to say about the origins of spiritual life. If humans are not the ultimate reality, and if there are forces we cannot control waging war over us, and if there are realities and beings in the universe that we cannot fully define or understand, then evolutionary thinking is in big trouble.
Evolution bets the farm on the material world being all there is. If Jesus was right and if we are suddenly confronted with the existence of a spiritual order that is not subject to time or physical laws, then evolutionists had better get to work on a theory that can account for such realities. And that may well prove to be a sticky wicket. Evolutionary theory has no good answer for the classic question of first cause—how the original speck of primordial matter actually came to exist. Or in the language of the big bang, who lit the first match? With the question of the original source of material existence remaining unanswered, one can only imagine the stress created for evolutionary thinkers when trying to answer the question of the source for a spiritual world.
If Jesus was telling the truth, then human beings are still faced with the ugly reality of our inability to overcome evil. If we are dealing with a devil and not just bad behavior, then at least from the human standpoint, the game is already up. Human beings, even with their collective creativity and intelligence, are no match for the evil being that Jesus described. We can’t nuke him. We can’t outlaw or legislate him. We can’t reason with him or educate him into a higher level of sophistication. If Jesus was right, then we are dealing with a force that goes far beyond anything we have ever faced before. In short, we are at his mercy. Oh, and by the way, he has none.
If Jesus was right, then humanity really does need a Savior. Held captive by a tyrannical and ultimately evil foe, and trapped in the eternal cesspool created by their own sin and rebellion, humans are in big trouble. If rescue does not come through an outside source, a source that can not only overthrow the devil but also somehow atone for our sins, then rescue will not come at all.
No plot could be more dramatic, and this was exactly the scenario that Jesus described. In Jesus’ mind, he was the Savior the world desperately needed. As God’s holy Son, he had the power to defeat Satan. And as God’s holy Son, he was the only one qualified to deal with the sins of humanity. Jesus believed that he had been sent into the world to expose the evil and lies of Satan. He believed that by dying in obedience to God’s plan, he would actually disarm and forever condemn the devil. He also believed that he was the deliverer of a race of people condemned to an eternity of suffering because of their sin and Satan’s schemes. In other words, Jesus not only believed that he had been sent to save the world but also that he was the only one who could pull it off.