Today two women from the local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses visited my front door and offered two pamphlets, one entitled “What is the Source of Evil?” On its cover is a figure in a black coat with black gloves, holding a gun and advancing toward children playing near a park slide.
Satan, the anti-Christ of the Christian faith, is apparently this “source of evil.” According to the Jehovah’s, he holds the puppet strings of all humanity, manipulating and tricking us into carrying out his wicked and sinful desires.
After more than 2000 years, the Church is still trying to convince people that they do not have the power to choose.
I choose personal responsibility. I do not claim I’ve been “manipulated by evil” when I make a poor decision, nor do I expect anyone else to shield me from the consequences that result.
I choose to empower myself. I do not give my power to a religious institution out of fear that if I don’t, I won’t be protected from said “evil.”
There is light and dark in us and all around us. Human beings are capable of both immense charity and unthinkable cruelty. The source of the rain that feeds our crops also destroys them with hail. The gentle summer breeze is born in the same place as the hurricane. The force that raises mountains also levels them. To deny either half of this universal duality is to live in fear and weakness.
The true source of “evil” is not the Christian anti-christ. It is in fact the same as the source of good – the power of choice.