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How do we battle the evil in the world today?

Dear Betty,
So much seems wrong with our world today. How do we deal with all of the evil in the world?

...God does have absolute power, and there is no room for Satan in the Kingdom of God. In this sense we might regard the master of evil as an illusion, because he is already defeated by the power of Christ . . . To develop our highest potential, to become like God, we need to gain that love which only opposition allows us to gain. Without an opposing energy, our power to love would never be strengthened sufficiently to allow us to progress in the eternities. —The Ripple Effect, pp. 81-82

Evil exists in this world for a purpose. We want to grow from the opposition in our lives rather than succumb to it. To do this, we need to learn to discern the nature of evil:

It is a tree that bears bitter fruit that can always be detected over time. Evil will take on any form necessary to tempt us, to test us, to claim us, hoping we don't look too closely at its real composition. Remember, like cleaves to like.

...It is important to recognize that Satan, the Deceiver, masterfully uses our own fears to hold us captive. Fear is the opposite of love. It warps and destroys love's power to heal and to expand us. Some of us in this life and in the world to come are afraid to go to the Light and accept Christ's love. And Christ will not force us; rather, he gently and ever so patiently guides us along. During my near-death experience, my transformation by his healing love began in the darkness before I ever saw him. This love grew in me until my fears departed and I believed I was accepted of him. Then I couldn't be held from him and went to his light. While in darkness, each of us has the right to feel God's love. But we must accept it. Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space; it is an impossibility. . . his love for everyone is the same. It is without conditions or limits. And it is the only anecdote against fear and the Evil One.

—The Ripple Effect, p. 83-84

To battle evil, we need only serve God. And we can increase our capacity to serve him as we earnestly seek his will and follow the spiritual principles we have learned. Jesus taught us that "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness (Matthew 6:22-23).

Yet there are many who focus on negative, looking for evil, fueling it with their fears, obsessing upon darkness rather than focusing upon the light of God.