While the existence of evil may be self-evident to many, it has long fallen into disfavor among circles of scholars and philosophers. There is a trickle-down effect to society at large of this attitude that tends to blur and even condemn Christian values.

While the existence of evil may be self-evident to many, it has long fallen into disfavor among circles of scholars and philosophers. There is a trickle-down effect to society at large of this attitude that tends to blur and even condemn Christian values.

The idea of a world without evil is by no means new. Eastern religions such as Buddhism consider all acts as being equal and part of the balance of the universe. Western men of arts repurposed these beliefs into a worldview that is devoid of right, wrong and the presence of God.

Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College, provides a succinct comparison of God’s view of equality versus that of the secular world. In God’s ordering of creation, all people are equal, but all ideas are not equal. Good and evil exist, and the inequality of these ideas resulted in the son of God being executed on a crude wooden cross. In the world’s eyes, all ideas are equal, but all people are not equal. The result is elitism and a view of the enlightened person as transcending good and evil.

Consider these all-too-real events:

- During the Islamic revolution in Iran, tens of thousands were executed for not complying with the fundamentalist regime or for no reason at all. The ruling clerics could declare anyone an enemy of Allah and sentence them to death. As Allah permits virgins to enter heaven, girls as young as 13 were raped prior to execution to make the punishment eternal.

- The United States is currently witnessing deranged individuals who massacre strangers as an exercise of some personal goal or desire. Human life simply has no value and certainly no connection to the divine.

- Two bioethicists recently published a paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics concluding that abortion should be extended to newborn children.

A Christian can easily identify the evil manifest in each of these acts. Those that believe all ideas are equal would probably also take a moral stand, but they would be betraying their own worldview in favor of Judeo-Christian thought.

Not only does evil exist, but it inevitably involves the devaluation of human life. The perpetrator has replaced equality with a ranking of the worth of victims. This is a stark contrast to the words of Christ: “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” All people are equal and eligible to receive grace at the foot of the cross. The offense of the cross is that all ideas are not equal.

Robert Mann is managing editor of eChristianNews.com and can be contacted at rmann@echristiannews.com.