I believe that evil is an uncontrollable force. Humans cannot defeat evil or control what we define “evil” as. We have a view of superheroes who put an end to an evil villain by the end of the movie or comic book, but this is not the real world. Captain America and the rest of the Avengers are not there to save us from villains from another planet and Batman is not there to control murder in the streets. What we can do is whether or not we choose to act in an immoral, evil, opposite of good way. Evil will always exist until God comes to defeat Satan once and for all. Until then, in the words of Mr. Incredible from Pixar’s The Incredibles, “No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again.” But there are different forms of evil; some forms of evil are small and it is a choice to commit them, while some are larger and uncontrollable. Free will is a real benefit to humanity, though there are still situations that will forever be out of our control.
Think back to the Ten Commandments back in Exodus. They tell us not to lie, steal, covet, murder, have other gods, etc. Doing any of those things is evil. But we have the free will to choose whether or not we break those laws and commit evil sin. God has given us the power to make our own life choices that we must keep on track. Like the quote from Uncle Ben in Spider-Man, “With great power comes great responsibility,” we are responsible for our actions. We are not pre-destined to make certain choices—we are not a little girl’s Barbie dolls being forced to play in our dream houses. We have free will.
Human nature is full of evil. From a young age we are selfish, yanking away our crayons from other preschoolers, but we are taught to overcome that. When we become older, we are faced with new forks in the road. Do we lie to our parents? Do we cheat on tests? We make a conscious choice to commit any kind of deceitfulness in our lives. Some people murder, taking a life away from another like preschoolers take crayons. Some are adulterous. All of these examples are choices humans make that are forms of evil. Though our lives are not pre-destined, everything happens for a reason, we just have the choice which path we will take.
For some people, like myself, the feeling of unrequited love or the feeling that not a single person believes your feelings are sincere is a very real, though unconventional evil. A father dying of cancer is evil in the mind of a son or daughter. Natural disasters are evil to the towns destroyed. These “evils” are unavoidable, and unexplainable to those hurt by it. But did God not create everything for a purpose? Even the most horrible situations can be used for good in the end if God wills it.
“Now that we know who you are… I know who I am. I’m not a mistake! It all makes sense. In a comic, you know how you can tell who the arch-villain’s going to be? He’s the exact opposite of the hero, and most time’s they’re friends, like you and me,” says Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the movie Unbreakable. I believe that for there to be good, there must also be evil. Opposites keep the world balanced. Opposites attract and give us the opportunity to choose our path in life. Whether we choose to make good choices or evil choices, our lives are completely ours to be responsible for. Until Jesus, the ultimate superhero returns to conquer evil forever, what choice will you make? The hero? Or the villain?