Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Shack: Evil

Another good quote on the nature of evil in the world from "The Shack":

Sarayu (the Holy Spirit) turned toward Mack; at least that was the impression. "Mackenzie, evil is a word we use to describe the absence of Good, just as we use the word darkness to describe the absence of Light or death to describe the absence of Life. Both evil and darkness can only be understood in relation to Light and Good; they do not have any actual existence. I am Light and I am Good. I am Love and there is no darkness in me. Light and Good actually exist. So, removing yourself from me will plunge you into darkness. Declaring independence will result in evil because apart from me, you can only draw upon yourself. That is death because you have separated yourself from me: Life."

"Mackenzie, Jesus didn't hold on to any rights; he willingly became a servant and lives out of his relationship to Papa. He gave up everything, so that by his dependent life he opened a door that would allow you to live free enough to give up your rights."

1 comment:

  1. Hi

    I read the Shack last December and i have never felt closer to God. I am aborn again christian for nearly 40 years.To measure the heights of happiness one needs to know the depths of despair, otherwise how can say what is good or bad. No matter how you see the book I think it’s doing its job. To bring people to God and our saviour Jesus Christ. Which He said I give you no greater commandment, than to love one another.
    God Bless