Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Yet another reason Catholics believe people can be very evil...

...is that they were made to be very good.

We saw last post that evil is really the difference between how good something should be and how not good it actually is. This is why humans can be so stinking bad!

For example, a rock can't be particularly good and so it can't be particularly bad either. An animal can be both more good and more evil. Humans much, much more and angels more still. This is why the devil is often understood to be a fallen angel and one of the greatest of them. As they say, the higher you are the harder you fall.

Our experience supports this. Consider the difference between being growled at by a dog, a stranger cutting you off in traffic, and a good friend betraying you. The dog probably doesn't know any better, the random driver was annoying but you'll forget about it an hour later while your friend's betrayal will stick with you for years. Why? The dog didn't have much potential to help you anyway, the stranger driver only had the potential to not catch your attention, but your friend had the potential to truly make a positive impact on your life.

When tempted to take our sin lightly let's remember just how much potential we have; not to be mediocre or as good as everyone else but to be truly amazing. You and I have a responsibility to be great and we have a terrifying ability to be horrible.

This is yet another reason why Catholics believe people can be very bad.

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