IN his book Understanding Reality Religion: A Mind-Opening Look at Good, the Bible, the Church, and Faith, Hiley H. Ward promotes the idea of “reality religion’’ based on the acceptance good and evil coexist in this world.
“To consider one, you must consider the other,’’ he wrote.
“They are flip sides of the same coin. Tossed in the air you can examine both sides.’’
The miracles in life are not as obvious as the darkness. So it is tempting to embrace the spiritual darkness on the planet and become cynical and bitter.
Yet, there are those who proclaim the universe is always orderly and beautiful.
There are things in the world we cannot control; there are things we can.
Carl Jung said the good and evil sides of our natures were closer than identical twins. Jung believed that unless we experienced and acknowledged the opposite sides of our natures, we could not experience wholeness. And we could never understand the sacred core of true goodness inside us.
Evil in the soul could not be abolished, Jung said, but it could be transformed and redeemed.
“The individual must know, relentlessly, how much good he can do and what crimes he is capable of, and must be aware of regarding one as real and the other as illusion.
“As long as evil is a non-being, nobody will take his shadow seriously. Hitler and Stalin could go on representing a mere accidental lack of perfection.’’