Many people today agree that our world is a battlefield of good and evil spiritual powers. Their activities are evident, for instance, in the dramatic contrast between the happiness of life and the pain of death, the beauty of love and the cruelty of hate, or the fact that sometimes good people are the ones who suffer the most (cf. Ps. 73:2-17; Mal. 3:13-18). In Jesus’ parable of the weeds (Matt. 13:24-29), the servants asked the owner of the field, “Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?” And the owner replied, “An enemy did this.”1
The mysterious coexistence of and dispute between good and evil do raise a few crucial questions: Did that controversy have a beginning, and will it ever end? What is its basic theological meaning? And, more, how widespread is it in our world today? This series will answer these questions and much more.
Note: Please keep in mind that we will be releasing one meeting at a time.
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