How to Battle Evil
Address the roots, not the symptoms.
Ruthless, relentless lover of people, Jesus was perfect and lived perfect because he never strayed from the power of belief. He induced miracles by removing the roots of disbelief caused by repetitive obedience as promoted by the Rabbinical order.
The “forces of evil” makes it sound like it’s unwinnable. As you pointed out, most people are dealing with health issues or taking care of others, so we don’t have enough energy to battle evil.
Or do we?
We do. While everyone else is battling the symptoms of evil, it turns out that it’s easy to battle the root causes of evil. We know what the symptoms are and they’re horrifying, terrifying, et cetera. But the root causes? What’s that?
I read the Book of Beliefs (the Bible) objectively. I analyze it by separating the wheat from the chaff. It’s a lot funner and fulfilling to read it this way because there are some stunning gems hiding in plain view.
I also don’t see Jesus as the Son of God, Savior, and however else people want to label it because Jesus didn’t either; it was beside the point as his goal was to teach people that they had the power over everything.
The roots of evil is obedience to laws. Sin is believing the wrong things about yourself, which causes you to act against yourself and others. In other words, moral failure is symptomatic of believing that you’re no good.
When Jesus heals the paralytic of his wrong belief, Jesus senses that the rabbis present think he is evil. So he asks them which is easier: tell the man that his sins are forgiven, or to tell him to get up and walk away. Which is easier: deal with the root causes, or deal with the symptoms only.
When you take care of the root causes, you take care of the symptoms. To demonstrate that he (and later we) had the power to forgive sins, he told the paralytic to get up and walk away.
Note the reaction: we have never seen anything like this!
The remedy for all that ails society is to love your neighbor as yourself, something that the rabbis apparently had long forgotten. Jesus didn’t create this, he was merely quoting Leviticus 19:9–18 which explicitly states how to treat your neighbor: feed them, take care of them, deal honestly with them. It’s likely that the paralytic, unable to work, couldn’t pay the sin tax to receive the rabbis blessings.
The Jewish leaders then and contemporary Conservatives now, place a higher value on obedience because it’s their primary source of income; now you know where ‘sin tax’ came from.
This is but one of many, many, many daily miracles that Jesus facilitated. Then as now, people are so conditioned that miracles are not possible that when they happened, they couldn’t explain it. It was especially difficult for the disciples because all they knew was daily oppression of the theocratic Pharisees. Then suddenly it was one miracle after another every single day! So many miracles that they had great difficulty in describing what was happening. So amazing that these had to be done by God, and God alone. No mere man could pull off something like that!
And that’s where everybody gets it wrong. This frustrated Jesus to no end. “How long do I have to put up with you people!?” He called out the Pharisees with insults and described their game to a ‘t’. He threw the money changers out of the temple — you can’t buy your way out of, or into, anything.
Jesus was a lawbreaker because he put people first. He healed people on Sabbath, he physically assaulted people who turned the temple into a marketplace, he told the Pharisees, “fuck you and fuck off” in the language of his day and routinely cut into their revenue stream by healing people for free.
Regarding the latter, maybe you’ve read the phrase, “Physician, heal yourself”. Jesus was referring to the practice of addressing the symptoms rather than the causes. Like the Pharisees, doctors were charging people to deal with the symptoms instead of blessing them — convincing them that all was well — which would heal them on their own.
This isn’t even a medical perspective, it’s an objective understanding that the power of belief is everything. The worst thing you can do is convince people that they have no power.
Read Luke Chapter 4. Although it’s condensed and is about Jesus, it neatly encapsulates your life.
- 4:1 — Jesus becomes aware of who he is.
- 4:2–13 — A former disgruntled being named Satan uses select passages from the Old Testament in a futile attempt to get Jesus to believe that he is not who he knows himself to be. Ref: Genesis 3:1–5
- 4:14–30 — Jesus begins his ministry by calling out the Pharisees for deliberately oppressing the people they were responsible for loving. Ref: Leviticus 19:9–18.
- 4:31–42 — Jesus heals, teaches the power of love and thereby instills/restores belief. People are amazed because they now perceive they’ve had this power all along.
There is nothing you need to do except that all things are possible. Whenever you want, whenever you’re ready to take back your power by believing it, it will be done instantly.
Note that your power is rooted in your capacity and disposition. You are not only wired to believe, but there has never been a single moment where you were feeling, thinking, and acting based on dispositional and intentional beliefs. Each and every person physically manifests according to their belief, no exceptions.
Faithlessness means you’re actively denying your spirit, your real self; not the self that everyone tells you that you are, but the real you. So you have a choice every moment: are you going to be you, or are you going to capitulate to the oppressive demands of external forces?