How bad is bad? We use the word ‘evil’ to describe something really bad. Can people become evil? Evil seems to have an energy of its own. It has been demonstrated that a man who is sure he will receive no punishment, will do the most terrible things to other men.
One week after the first atomic bomb was tested, it was used to destroy a city. No one was punished for killing all those people. Some were vaporized. It was justified that it ended a terrible war. Men made a bomb and carried it across the world and dropped it on an unsuspecting city.
Do you know that the people involved with creating this weapon never wanted it used again. We still talk about it. We want it not to be used. No country has used this weapon since then.
This is about a weapon of great power. People are wondering if someone will use such a weapon again. People don’t even want it tested anymore. We know it works.
But the question is really this: Is someone so evil that they would use this weapon? We know of people using smaller weapons to kill strangers. We know there are men who will go out and kill people. But do you ever wonder where all this killing of men by other men started?
If you read a really old story, you find the first man born on this earth ended up killing his brother. Maybe he used a rock. Maybe he used his bare hands. But he introduced murder to the earth. He made himself evil to do it. He made his heart hard until he didn’t care about anyone else.
Evil is homemade in the human heart. Goodness, on the other hand, cannot be manufactured within a person. When the best man I can think of was called ‘good’ he said, “No one is good, just God.” And Goodness will not invade a man’s heart. He must choose The Good to benefit from that Good, which may be another name for God. The good God, the only source of goodness is a Person.
But he is invisible. No one has seen Him. True. A disciple of Jesus asked him a direct question one day. Show us God. Jesus had said before that he always did what God said. Now he replied, “If you have seen me, you have seen God.” The man later believed this so much that he called Jesus his Lord and God. We call that man Doubting Thomas. He said he had to be convinced that Jesus was alive again. He became convinced by Jesus himself.
It can be the same for any person. Ask God to convince you that he is real and that he is good. Wait a minute. This is ‘faith’, right? Maybe. Or put it like this: God, convince me of what is Truth.
Pilate was trying to find out why some people in his city wanted Jesus dead.
“Are you the king of the Jews?”
“Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others said it to you about me?”
“I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and your chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?”
“My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would fight to prevent me being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But now my kingdom is not from here.”
“So you are a king!”
“You say that I am a king. I have been born and have come into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
“What is truth?”
Did Pilate want to know what was truth?
I always thought his answer was sarcastic. Like he stopped believing in truth a long time ago. But some think he was sincere.
But what about you? Do you want to know the truth?
What did Jesus say?
“I have been born and have come into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”