You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the Gates of Hell will not prevail against it.
- Matthew 16:18
The Gates of Hell. Part I. An Introduction to Evil
Debating and Proving the Existence of Evil
Does evil exist? After the horrors of WWI and WWII, the Nazi Holocaust, and the brutality of International Communism, it should be safe to say that evil does, in fact, exist. Was Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot evil? Of course they were. What else drives a man to commit such atrocities on such a massive scale? The answer is evil. Evil individuals commit evil deeds because they enjoy doing them, it’s just that simple. It is difficult for many individuals to comprehend this because, for the most part, mankind is basically good. However, the fact remains that, for some, the act of raping, torturing, and murdering others is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Some people, for whatever reason, derive pleasure and happiness from the sadness, pain, suffering and death of innocent people. This may seem sickening, but it is a fact.
St. Peter's Keys and Cross Fight Against Evil
There are others who say that evil does not exist. These critics believe that all evil behavior stems from mental illness, poverty, and early child abuse. Theories like this, and others like them, are completely false. For example, why are some schizophrenics kind and saintly people, while others commit mass-murder and are then deemed by psychiatrists to be sane enough to stand trial? It’s because not all evil is a result of mental illness. Why are some individuals who grow up in dire poverty kind, heroic, selfless people, while greedy millionaires are found guilty of rape and murder? Because being evil is not necessarily a result of being poor. Why are some victims of child abuse angelic in their personal behavior, while spoiled, pampered children are rude, selfish, and eventually end up in prison for fraud and theft? Because being abused as a child is not the only reason for evil. In short, evil cannot be explained away as simply the result of certain environmental factors. Evil exists and will continue to exist and the critics who are in denial of that reality should simply be ignored, or even suspected of secretly being evil themselves.
Those who deny the existence of evil are, in reality, attempting to deny the existence of Hell and the Devil. For if there were no such thing as evil, then there’d be no such thing as Satan and eternal damnation. This understanding is where the denial is actually coming from, because if Satan and Hell truly existed then that would mean God and Heaven existed as well. For whatever reason, critics vehemently oppose this reality. Their logic is that if evil exists, then the Devil must exist, which means that God must exist as well. It is why they continue to deny the existence of evil at all costs. Their entire belief system, their world-view, is founded on the premise that there is no God. The reality of evil shatters this illusion. It makes their whole outlook seem infantile and foolish. Here are a few additional reasons why evil exists. They are as follows:
The existence of death
The existence of hatred
The existence of ugliness
The existence of sexual perversion
The existence of suicide
The existence of sadness, pain, suffering and disease
The unbelievable cruelty of nature found in insects and carnivores
The unbelievable brutality humans have exhibited throughout history
The pleasure experienced by humans when committing crimes like rape or murder
The persistence of warfare in human civilization
Believing that evil does exist remains the most logical, reasonable and rational response to the reality most people face everyday. Hundreds of millions of people die horrible, painful deaths every year. In this country alone, countless thousands upon thousands of innocent people are raped and murdered in the same amount of time. Nazism and Communism were quite real and claimed over one hundred million victims. Evil is a fact. Nothing else explains so much.
The Pope on St. Peter's Throne
Protecting the World from Evil
May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.