One of my favorite bloggers (BLS), asked a great question of my last post. She quotes me at the start:

“Any idea, no matter how high or brilliant or Godly, carries within the seeds of its very own destruction. Murderous hate and the brotherhood of man all grow together.” Hmmm. It seems to me that the second sentence here does not follow from the first….

I think they do. Solzhenitsyn wrote that the line between good and evil does not exist between people but is within us all, dividing the heart. It is true that men and women love and hate often and at the same time? Is it true that we can express love and hate at the same time to the same individual? There they are both within us, murderous hate and the brotherhood of man, all growing together.

Consider the Parable of the Tares. I know Christ said that it is about evil people growing up amid the redeemed, but I wonder if it can also be about good and evil within. Of course, we have capacity to grow and incubate both good and evil in our souls. We express both, sometimes doing both at the same time. And, even sometimes, hate is indistinguishable with love (and vice versa) until the time reveals which was wheat.

Not wanting to ruin his crop of wheat, the landowner advises his farmers to let the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest. I think this is true for us, too, as evil and good grow within. Sometimes we can recognize what is good and what is bad, but sometimes we can’t. We have to wait for the harvest, for the perspective of time to know which was which. As Kierkegaard said, “Life can only be lived forwards, but is understood backwards”.

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