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Week of December 8, 2008
Power of Good is stronger than evil – pope
Original sin is an everyday experience, but it can be cured
BY CAROL GLATZ
'Living is good, it is good to be a human being, life is good.'
He said humanity has always yearned for change, redemption and the promise of a better, more peaceful and just world.
Philosophers have often searched for the reason why evil exists in the world, the pope said.
Early thinkers surmised that from the very beginning of time there have been two equal and opposing principles of good and evil.
This same concept exists today, he said, with the presupposition that the human being is by nature both good and bad and equally open to doing both good and evil.
But this worldview is hopeless because it means “evil is invincible and only one’s own interests count in the end,” he said.
Governments and political programs have exploited this viewpoint, he said, by insisting that progress can only come about by paying a painful price.
This modern-day vision of the world “only creates sadness and cynicism,” the pope said.
Christianity, on the other hand, teaches that God did not create evil; evil came out of the abuse of the freedom God gave humanity, he said.
“There aren’t two principles — one good, one evil. There is only one principle: God the creator” who is thoroughly good and devoid of all evil, he said.
This means that what God has created — life and the human being in and of itself — is good.
“Living is good, it is good to be a human being, life is good,” said the pope.
Evil does not come from God, he said. “Evil comes from a freedom (that was) created, a freedom abused” by Adam, the pope said.
Because evil comes from a lesser source, the power of God is stronger and therefore evil can be overcome and humankind is “curable” or, rather, has the potential to be restored and redeemed, he said.
With Jesus, God gave humanity the possibility to be healed from original sin.
Jesus, the new Adam, was brought into the world to oppose the source of evil with his stronger and ever present “source of pure good,” he said.
As St. Paul wrote, “For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,” the pope said.
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