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The Problem with Evil: How to Guard Against Malevolence

Yves hopes to help individuals develop greater spiritual discernment by recognizing the existence of evil in the world.

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Evil is an Expert at Deception

Evil is a malevolent force present in the physical and spiritual worlds. In the spiritual realm, evil has a hierarchy. Powerful evil spirits maintain dominance over weaker spirits and all malicious spirits have the same goal, which is to prey upon the weakness of human beings. Malicious human beings do the same; they prey upon the weak; they are the spirit of evil made manifest in the world.

The spiritual realm contains a veritable army of demons. Many demons are highly intelligent while others are less so. However, "weaker" demons still secure followers in the physical and spiritual worlds. On earth, gullible people are easily led astray by malevolent forces---that's a given. But the problem with evil is that even "the elect" can be deceived. Evil is expert in the art of deception.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Ephesians 6:12

How Humans Feed Evil

Oddly enough, evil would be unable to thrive in this world were it not for human beings. Humans supply the energy, through bad actions, which allows evil to remain extant. It is important to remember that evil, as a spiritual essence, depends on human beings to remain an active force on earth. In other words, evil has no right to physical life. If humans were to stop giving evil so much service, knowingly or not, the forces of darkness would have no choice but to shrivel up and die. In short, spiritual evil would be unable to have a "life" on Earth.

The Scriptures state that evil began because of a prideful angel, a light bearer who deemed himself more glorious than God. This angel, who has come to be known as Lucifer, the devil, and Satan, was cast out of heaven along with other rebellious angels who honored Lucifer over God. And so began the downfall of man...

Evil Is a Liar

We can glean from the scripture that pride does indeed "come before the fall" and that raising ourselves above God will certainly result in a fall from grace.

Nevertheless, to our detriment, we humans continue to do as we please, regardless of Biblical guidelines that are meant to ensure our security, happiness, and spiritual protection. One of the most important points to remember in combating evil is that evil is a liar; as such, it will introduce itself as a beacon of virtue and light or anything else a human being may find appealing and “seemingly” altruistic.

Consequently, malevolence easily deceives naïve minds who are easy targets for negative forces. One sees this often in cult situations, where well-meaning believers put all their trust in a single man or guru, only to be deceived and harmed by him later.

The truth is that we rarely recognize the face of malevolence, at least, not when we first meet it. Evil woos through benevolent ideals that hint at the power of wisdom, inner knowing, and spiritual status. Let's face it… if somebody approached you and said they wanted to abuse you and incapacitate your mind and your will, welcoming them into your home is the last thing you would do.

Nonetheless, we invite negativity into our lives more than we know. We fail to understand that malicious spirits and humans can put on a kindly face to deceive, and once you are in its grip, your life will begin spiraling out of control. Indeed, once you permit the forces of darkness to enter your life, “all hell breaks loose." We must realize that lies are not truth. Only then can the stronghold of evil over our lives be weakened.

"Dangerous people can be masters at appearing normal... They don't seem threatening, and our underlying belief is that if we are nice to them, they will be nice to us... they can be exceptionally good at making eye contact and putting us at our ease."

— Mary Ellen O' Toole (Dangerous Instincts)

Take the case of Bernie Madoff, a Wall Street Investment advisor, who scammed thousands of clients for $65 billion over 20 years. He was adept at manipulating investors’ feelings, knowing how to deceive by giving his clients a false sense of security, as all con artists do.

Madoff was guilty of deception. So, why did his investors believe him? Were they greedy? Were they seduced by convenience? In business, it takes two to tango, after all. Some of his investors were sophisticated, such as Greenwich Advisors, which had $7.5 billion connected to Madoff. They were one of many who lacked prudence.

Madoff was ultimately convicted of fraud and sentenced to 150 years in prison. His actions negatively impacted the lives of many investors, some whom lost their life savings. His son, Mark Madoff, fell into a deep depression and committed suicide, hanging himself by a dog leash in his Manhattan loft.

Madoff expressed remorse for his actions throughout his prison term. In 2021, he died of kidney failure in prison.

Evil Is Seductive

We must never passively accept everything that seems appealing and good. Not everything is "beautiful in its' own way." Evil exists whether you believe in it or not. Evil is highly secretive and highly seductive. Malevolent spirits and bad people will make you believe that you are wiser and more powerful than other "unenlightened" people. Evil appeals to your pride, but its' false assurances chip away at your common sense. Consequently, it behooves humans to become more discerning and less gullible. One need not become obsessed with evil or dwell on it excessively, thus giving it more attention and power than it deserves. However, we must be aware that evil exists and that it is always malicious, if not outright deadly.

Many individuals dance unaware, such as children. They are victims through no fault of their own.

For example, good parents try to teach their children to beware of strangers who seem nice and may offer them candy or the chance to pet a puppy. But to those little ones who have never been informed about danger, the temptation to be deceived and seduced by promises of instant gratification is already a lost battle. As we know all too well, even children who have been cautioned about "strangers" are easily deceived.

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The very same premise applies to adults. We humans like to think we know better than to engage with anyone who is sinister. We flatter ourselves, believing we can trust our instincts, yet we are often wrong in this belief. Deceitful people know how to unobtrusively insert themselves into our lives. For this reason, individuals must be grounded in wisdom and spiritual discernment. We must have boundaries.

Malevolence from the Perspective of a Psychotherapist

Dr. Less Carter has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1980. In his YouTube channel he makes distinctions about three types of malevolent personalities. They are: the narcissist, the sociopath and the psychopath. He describes narcissists as dismissive, sociopaths as schemers, and psychopaths as predators. He goes on to say that narcissists undervalue others and overvalue themselves. They have to be right. With sociopaths, rules do not apply. They feel entitled and help themselves to whatever they want at the expense of others. Psychopaths have a criminal mind with zero conscience. They have no regard for order and no need for compassion.

"I know you can't decide whether a person or a situation is dangerous based only on whether you feel fearful...I've interviewed countless victims who say they never saw it coming. Their feelings did not alert them to the danger that was in their midst."

— Mary Ellen O'Toole, FBI Profiler

What Is Spiritual Discernment?

Discernment has to do with using our intelligence and critical thinking skills, that we may make distinctions about what is truth and what is not. Spiritual discernment is the gift of insight to smoke-out malicious messages, events, spirits, environments, or persons that are not of God or which may harbor harmful intentions. Furthermore, the gift of discernment comes from the Holy Spirit.

Those who practice the esoteric arts are not necessarily savvy that most, if not all, encounters or "visitations" they experience are from God. By now, we know that dark entities will use any method available in their arsenal of weapons to invade our minds.

Low-Level Spirits

In the world of channeling, heinous entities will make spiritual pronouncements couched in pious or lofty phrases. These words of spirituality hook the seeker into believing they have been chosen and singled out by an evolved spiritual being. Such seekers feel they must be out-of-the-ordinary and somehow more spiritual than the average person.

And so, well-meaning people open the door even wider for these evil spirits to influence their minds. Just because someone thinks they have gained knowledge and spiritual growth does not mean they have. In truth, such naïve people have let their egos overrule their common sense.

Playing with the Ouija board or channeling spirits is a fool's game. These types of activities always attract low-level energies. The entities that arise from seances, for example, will pretend to be your long-lost grandmother, your favorite uncle who died five years ago, an angel of light, or even Jesus himself. But they are never anything or anyone they claim to be. They are hostile spirits who can and do pretend to be who you wish them to be, and they WILL harm you.

Once these deceiving spirits have your attention, they begin feeding off your essence. Their goal is to gain greater dominance in the world by stealing bits of your energy, thus making themselves more powerful as you become weaker.
In allowing ourselves to be susceptible, in general, we give sanction to these dark entities to enter our lives.

Consequently, in no time, we become even more vulnerable to believing any outlandish pronouncements these dark spirits proclaim. In short order, we have fallen for their spiritually enlightened deception routine, hook, line, and sinker! We have unknowingly given evil permission to use and abuse us. Laugh if you will, but possession by a demon into human lives is a reality. Full demonic possession is rare, but it happens, nonetheless.

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Spiritual Encounters: Harmful or Benevolent?

Eileen Elias Freeman, author of Touched By Angels

Benevolent spirits never try to force anything upon us.

Angels/Messengers from God will point to God and away from the sender.

Examine the fruits of any encounter upon your life or those people who surround you.

A message from the Divine leaves us changed for the better, even if only in a small way.

Encounters with the forces of darkness have hurtful consequences, though not always immediately.

Any being you summon at will through a medium is not from God.

The Role of Angels

Angels from God will occasionally make their presence known to individuals. Nevertheless, we cannot will them through channeling exercises. Angels come into our lives when they know an individual is in dire need, or when God tells them to do so. Angels are not parlor game entertainment. Consequently, one must be highly skeptical of any angel workshop organization that states otherwise.

We all have guardian angels and they do offer protection. The key in calling for protection is to keep one's focus on God as the Creator of angels. Angels are sometimes seen, though not often. They come to earth to complete a task. Once their work is completed, they leave as suddenly as they arrived. Angels do not wish to draw attention to themselves; their goal is to help humanity by pointing to the Creator, the source from which they came.

Sophism: The Root of Moral Relativism

One of evil's most compelling achievements is making humans believe that good and evil are relative. Unfortunately, some folks believe that evil is just another side of goodness. Frankly, this philosophy is beyond foolish. There is nothing good about the forces of evil, nor will there ever be. Moral relativism stems, in part, from the philosophy of Sophism rooted in ancient Greece around the fifth century B.C. Sophism is, frankly, a philosophy of lies. The Sophists hid their contempt for honesty and goodness under the guise of virtue.

One of the most famous teachers of Sophism was Protagoras. Protagoras proposed that man is the "standard of all things" and that all men have "the right to determine standards of good and evil" and that man is "not bound by moral codes." One of Protagoras' claims is that he could "make the worse (or weaker) argument appear the better (or stronger)." Protagoras was, self-admittedly, a man of lies.

Not surprisingly, the Sophists made great lawyers. Indeed, Sophists received large sums of money for teaching their beliefs to the aristocratic class (the only group who had sufficient wealth to learn from teachers of Sophism). True to their philosophy, Sophists had no problem catering to popular opinion. The truth never mattered to them. Indeed, they were excessively liberal in this regard.

The spirit of Sophism is alive and well today, notably in the area of journalism wherein editors gladly omit facts or fail to follow leads in order to create a narrative or to encourage popular sentiments which align with their own.

For example, Michael Avenatti, a decidedly audacious lawyer, has been convicted for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges. He also attempted to extort Nike and steal Stormy Daniel's tell-all book advance, but not before the media extolled Avenetti as a virtuous man who is "saving our country and a "folk hero" who is "like the Holy Spirit."

Mainstream media never bothered to dig into Avenatti's past. Had they checked a multitude of records available to them, and had they bothered to uncover Avenatti's deep debt, they would have uncovered his history of deceptive law practices. Rather, they chose to disregard facts in the hope of taking down an American president. The Wall Street Journal and a few other outlets, did not cater to popular opinion or write, as did 99% of the press, that Avenatti was the "savior of the republic."

Avenatti faces up to 22-years in prison. He will be sentenced on May 24, 2022. His story, in the grand scheme of things, is small change when it comes to the vast amount of deception we accept so easily in this world.

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter."

Isaiah 5:20

The Influence of Intellectual Elites

Intellectual elitists today maintain principles of Sophism or relativism. True to the philosophy of old, elitists in modern society continue to twist the truth or cleverly lie outright as a means of achieving their ends. You will find such people in politics, science, education, the world of philosophy, and in other high places. These elitists make up a small percentage of society; the influence they wield is powerful because they have connections that influence the laws and politics of our modern day.

Frankly, the population at large should be much warier of the constructs of relativism which cares nothing about principles of goodness, godliness, or spiritual truths. Its only concern is for power.

Indisputable facts exist, even though professional dissimulators would have you believe otherwise. The precepts of honesty have not changed. There is reality, and there are lies. Furthermore, without spiritual truths, we cannot have spiritual discernment.

Prayer: Our Best Defense

Therefore, we would do well to pray for wisdom, understanding, protection, and spiritual discernment. Sincere prayer enables us to avoid the wiles of evil. In and of ourselves, we really cannot detect evil’s face; however, we can use our minds, sound doctrine, and our higher critical thinking skills to recognize the actions of evil.

And so, it behooves us to gain a greater understanding of what is good and moral so that we can more easily detect that which is the opposite of goodness. The last thing anyone needs is for evil to invade their lives. If anyone chooses to give the forces of darkness enough leeway, it will do everything in its power to keep truth, knowledge, and discernment at bay. Consequently, a prayerful heart is our best defense against the antics of evil.

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Praying hands

The Good News

The good news is that when we ground ourselves in truth, love, and respect for the Creator, we have no real reason to be fearful. Take the story of a devout preacher who had more than his fair share of battles with the devil, having experienced frequent attacks. As the story goes: One day, the devil came along with the intent of tormenting this fine man of God yet again, but the old preacher was unafraid. He had withstood many dealings with the devil; his confidence in the Lord had become enduring and steadfast.

So, when the devil approached him, this time, the wise old preacher nimbly said, “Oh, you again?” Whereupon, the preacher turned and walked calmly upon his way as the devil departed in terror.

You really must love it when the good guy triumphs.

Godspeed.

© 2022 savvydating

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