The ONE THING for today

A Christmas meditation: Evil

The argument of despair and cynicism goes something like this:

(1)    An all-good God would defeat evil

(2)    An all-powerful God can defeat evil

(3)    Evil is not defeated

(4)    Hence, there can be no such God

 

The answer of Christmas goes something like this:

(1)    An all-good God would defeat evil

(2)    An all-powerful God can defeat evil

(3)    Evil is not yet defeated

(4)    Therefore, because God is all-good and all-powerful we know that evil will be defeated and the birth of Jesus was the day God showed up to begin the battle

 

Revelation 21:4 (NLT)

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

bells

 

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along the unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:

“There is no peace on earth,” I said,

“For hate is strong and mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,

With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Till, ringing singing, on its way,

The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,

Of peace on earth, good will to men!

 

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