The Good, the Bad and the Usually Hidden

 “And it was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart—and through all human hearts.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956. Earlier a piece of fiction reminded humans of the true nature of their hearts. That was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

To those who don’t practice a faith and who may not have a clear picture of sin, think about the comments you have made to particularly a loved one, that, you wish you had back. Solzhenitsyn, who risked his life in order to promote a better life for his fellow Soviet citizens, recognized the evil in his heart. 

You say the concept of evil is a myth? Millions of civilians in the 20th century were tortured and/or killed by profoundly, evil people. Just how do you define Adolph Hitler’s or Adolf Eichmann’s character if not by that onerous term? Solzhenitsyn and Hitler seem the two ends of the evil/goodness spectrum. Thank God the vast majority of us are somewhere in between, far, far closer to the Russian.

By the grace of God, seeking a kinder, more loving nature is a paramount goal in the winter of my days. To follow the Lord’s guidance on that journey in Messianic Judaism, is called sanctification. Long word. Exceedingly important journey.