Tolkien somewhere notes….

…the extreme weariness that comes on those who must constantly observe the battle between good and evil.

During great conflicts many normal people just want to know, “When does this end?”

The question comes as if someone may once lie down before evil, allow it to pass and then take what comes, for the sake of the end to the conflict. Sadly, religions sometimes exacerbate tensions between persons but just as often produce lackadaisical adherents who desert in order to gain approval.

The Judeo-Christian theological heritage, on the other hand, clearly teaches this truth; evil is to be opposed to the end. Perfectionism, progressive sanctification, whatever we want to call it, demands courage in the face of evil opposition.

2 Responses to Tolkien somewhere notes….

  1. biff says:

    A few thoughts about opposing evil. (1) “Being against evil doesn’t make you good.” Ernest Hemingway. (2) “What good is that goodness if it does not return good even to those who cause evil?” Tiruvalluvar. (3) “Because indeed there was never law, or sect, or opinion, did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth.” Francis Bacon. Oppose with a guiding hand of goodness.

  2. Rick Davis says:

    Biff,

    Never quote Hemingway on goodness.

    Francis Bacon, ok and Tiruvilluar is quoting Jesus, so let him in.

    Love to you. Tried to call the other day. Phone not really great on this end.

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