Friday, September 19, 2014

A DELAYED RESPONSE TO CLAUDE BISSON'S QUERY AS TO WHETHER OR NOT EVIL CAN BE FORGIVEN


A DELAYED RESPONSE TO CLAUDE BISSON'S QUERY AS TO WHETHER OR NOT EVIL CAN BE FORGIVEN

 

By Angela Smith, HEAL Coordinator

 

This blog article is written from my personal philosophical point of view and does not necessarily represent the philosophy of HEAL or any other HEAL representative.  It is a public response to a query submitted by Claude Bisson of Boulder Creek Academy in ID. 

 

Let me first provide definitions for Good and Evil as I understand them:

 

GOOD:  All which strives for life, truth, love, beauty, and liberty.

 

Life: All living things and life giving things (i.e. water, air, sun, soil, etc.).

 

Truth: Honest perception, conception, definition, and communication.

 

Love: Welcoming spirit of kindness and goodwill.

 

Beauty: That which reflects, enhances, and enlightens.

 

Liberty: Free will unencumbered by oppression and guided by GOOD.

 

EVIL: All which strives for death, confusion, hate, grotesqueries, and oppression.

 

Death: The cessation of life.

 

Confusion: Using deception to create doubt and uncertainty in others.

 

Hate: Aloof spirit of violence and ill will.

 

Grotesqueries: All acts that foster EVIL and cause doubt in the existence of GOOD.  (An example of a grotesquerie would be someone raping a child or defrauding families while enslaving their children.)

 

Oppression: That which strives to destroy liberty as defined under GOOD above.

 

Based on my understanding and the above definitions, I believe that EVIL would not desire forgiveness.  Therefore, I believe EVIL would not be forgiven.  And, I believe GOOD is always capable of love and that forgiveness is an act of love.  Therefore, if the question is "can GOOD forgive EVIL", I believe the answer is yes.  But, can EVIL be forgiven is an entirely different question.