Good and Evil

This entry is part 10 of 98 in the series Principles

Principle 10

Good and Evil

The basic difference between good and evil is this: Good is that which takes us forward on the path of Spiritual progress toward greater freedom, livingness, intelligence, light and love. Evil is that which takes us back into the past to lesser freedom, lesser livingness, lesser intelligence, light and love. Evil is the reverse reflection of good, corresponding to the fact that “evil” is “live” reflected in reverse.

Good is a positive building direction; evil is that which hinders positive building and destroys before creation is complete and has served its purpose.

Hitler was evil because he wanted to take us back into an age of the tyrannical Kingdoms where the right of the king or dictator was more important than the good of the individual and the whole.

Churchill and FDR were good because they sought to move us into greater freedom where the individual could work for the good of the whole according to his or her own decisions.

Good is that which takes us toward forward toward a goal. For God it could be peace on earth good will toward men, and for an individual it could be something as basic as building a house. Good is that which moves forward the building process and evil is comparable to that which hinders or destroys it. Good is laying a solid foundation, hammering the nails, getting good materials, following the blueprint and so on until the house is complete.

Evil is anything that delays the building or threatens to prevent the completion of the house. Qualifying items would be flawed materials, poor quality workmanship, bad weather, injured or sick workers antagonistic building inspectors and so on.

The key to mastery is to learn the laws that govern light and dark and use them to make your decisions and dreams come true.

The scripture says: “And the Lord God said, Behold, the MAN IS TO BECOME AS ONE OF US, to know good from evil.” Gen 3:22

How do we become as one of the gods and obtain the power to discern good from evil? How can we read the words of a teacher and come away knowing we have discerned that which is good and that which is evil?

In other words, what is the principle behind the discernment of good and evil?

Notice the scripture tells us that man will become as “one of us” (the Gods, Elohyim) and the key to this achievement is to learn “to know” or discern good from evil.

It is interesting to note that the Bible tells us that God called prophets to warn the people during times when it was written the peopled called “evil good, and good evil; they put darkness for light, and light for darkness; and put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isa 5:20) The scriptures further say: “There is none that doeth good, no not one.” (Psalms 14:3)

In other words, the seeing of that which is truly good or evil is so subtle that there have been times that the whole population of the world was deceived about it.

Why is it that people are so deceived about good and evil? The answer is quite simple. They do not use the Second Key of judgment and seek to place that which is good under strict black and white guidelines and that which is evil under another set.

For instance, many today say that war of any type is evil and pacifism is good with no exceptions. Putting good and evil in a little box like this removes all power of thought, judgment and soul contact from the equation and sets the person up to be one of those who can no longer see, or know, good and evil.

Was it good to go to war and defeat Hitler? Would it be good to go to war to prevent another Hitler? Yes, of course. There is a time and place for all things. If we take an action and condemn it as always evil it will only be a matter of time before the action enters the “season” where it will be good. At that time this non thinker will find himself supporting the evil and opposing that which is good.

Now let us go back to the days of Jesus. What were some of the black and white criteria to determine the good?

One of the main ones was obedience to the Sabbath. Moses said do no work on the Sabbath and by damn, no work means no work. When Jesus and his disciples strolled through a wheat field and they grabbed a few handfuls to eat that was work – therefore Jesus was evil.

Jesus also worked on the Sabbath to heal and this verified again (to many) that he was evil.

Now we may think that if we had been alive in 1938 we would have seen that it was good to stop Hitler or had we lived in the days of Jesus we would have surely not been one of the many who condemned him.

Good and evil is much easier to see on hindsight than when we are actually facing it.


Because the vast majority of mankind have their criteria for what is good and what is evil written in stone allowing no room for personal judgment on the matter.

Here are some examples where people will reject the whole of a teaching or belief as being evil.

“He doesn’t accept the real Jesus, therefore, he is in league with Satan.”

Of course, for this person the real Jesus is Jesus according to his interpretation – or one that was taught him.

“Anyone who believes in a “new world order” is on the side of evil.”

It is interesting that many reject the Alice A. Bailey writings because DK uses this term. On the other hand, does not the Bible itself tell us a new world order is coming? A new world order can be good or evil. The phrase is neither.

“He doesn’t follow the literal constitution and is one of those who is destroying our country.”

The U.S. Constitution is a great document and the principles are sound, but there are also many good ideas that one may miss if he is too strongly fixated on it.

“Talk radio is hate radio so I will reject all that comes from it.”

Talk radio has both good and bad ideas. We do not want to miss the good ones because we think we have put evil in a box.

“Anyone who supports cutting down trees in our pristine forest is evil.”

This narrow attitude may cause one to miss the good that can come through wise logging in our public forests. Patrick Moore, founder of Greenpeace, actually teaches that we should clear-cut forests cyclically and let them grow back as a way to keep forests healthy in the long run. Like many initiates, he is rejected by those who replaced him.

There are those who come across my writings and see some things that conform to their idea of good and then think “this JJ is on the side of Christ so I will believe all he says.”

But then they may come across a phrase, a teaching or a sign that fits in their criteria of evil and will instantly turn around and reject every word I write because I am now “evil.”

The point to these examples is this. If we put good and evil in a black and white box then eventually there will come a time that we will find ourselves supporting the evil and fighting the good. What we must do instead is to understand the principle behind good and evil and follow the principle instead of judging by a piece of data or catch phrase.

In the past we have quoted DK and stated that the principle of good and evil is this. Good is that which takes us forward in evolution/progress and evil is that which attempts to pull us backwards.

By this principle then the terrorists who want to take us back to the seventh century are evil for this would strip humanity of much of the positive progress they have made.

But seeing this principle takes judgment because if our generation is corrupt then the past may represent a higher point in evolution than the present.

This just illustrates to us that tunnel vision cannot consistently see the good.

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.


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Eternal Principles

This entry is part 51 of 62 in the series 2010

Posted Oct 14, 2010
Ruth asks:
If God did not create Principles and Laws then how do they just manifest during creation? They are either a part of the One God/Intelligence or they are not?
…if God did not create principles and laws, then who did?

Good question.

Core principles are not created. They just are without beginning and without end.

Let us take cause and effect for example. When would God create such a thing? Without cause and effect there could exist no God and no life in universe. Wherever there is life there already exists cause and effect because the essence of life is decision and decision cannot exist unless cause ad effect is already in existence.

Let us take the principles of math as manifest in 2+2=4. Did either man or God create these numbers or do they just eternally exist?

The numbers just are, eternally. No one created them. All a life can do is name them and use them.

A scripture says something interesting on this topic:

And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act (cause) nor to be acted upon (effect); wherefore, all things must have vanished away. II Nephi 2:13

In other words, if there is no cause and effect then there would be no God, no creation – there would be nothing.

Look at it this way. You are reflection of God. As a reflection of God did you create cause and effect? In other words, did you cause, cause?


You merely find yourself in the midst of cause and effect and work with this principle toward what you hope is a good end.

What you wrote to Ruth below is a very curious statement to me. It sounds like you’re saying Cause/Effect transcend the One Great Life. Is that what you’re saying, or is it more like one of those triangular concepts like Decision-Attention-Consciousness where one can’t exist without the other?

Intelligence is an aspect of cause and effect which means that all life – Gods, devils and angels evolve through cause and effect. Before God had consciousness there was cause and effect which interplay could be called elementary intelligence. God and you and I exist be-CAUSE. We consciously realize we are participating with cause and this brings forth life and decision. We either exist in a state of Being Cause or Becoming Cause.

There is no first or last Cause or Effect.

Jason quotes me from the 2007 Gathering:
We are approaching a time when the two great energies are meeting with each other. I am not going to go into the details of the energies because much of what is good today, people are calling evil. A lot of that which is evil, people are calling good. So even if I were to spell it out in this room there would be much disagreement, people over here would say this good and people over there would say no, this is good.

Then he asks:
Well, now this is just teasing us… you’ve got to share now! 🙂 So, can you go into some of the details now?

We had kind of a mixed group at the gathering and I didn’t want to cause any disturbance in the good atmosphere we had there.

It takes the second key of judgment to discern the true good and evil at play in the various situations and ideologies.

For instance, a large segment of society think that capitalism is good and socialism is evil and the other half think the opposite.

Good and evil can manifest within each system. The problem is that we seek to identify good and evil through labels rather than principles and when this happens illusion and distortion enter in.

Evil can manifest in capitalism when people become selfish and only think of their own advancement and do not have enough empathy for the disadvantaged to help them.

Good manifests in capitalism when abundance is created, jobs are provided and a natural assistance to the many is provided.

Evil manifests in socialism when force is used to further its goals, even goals that sound benevolent. Forcing people to do good has created the greatest of evils in our history. Every tyrant has tried to force his people to do his version of good.

Now where judgment enters in is the fact that any nation under law has to use some force. One could technically argue that forcing people to not steal is forcing them to do good.

Where is the dividing line between good and evil in the use of force?

The dividing line is the principle of freedom. To insure good prevails one must always go in the direction of maximum freedom. Force can be used to prevent theft because theft takes away more freedom than it gives.

Social programs can be good if they are not forced. Insurance, for example draws from the may for the common good and operates through free will. On the other hand, when government takes money by force to finance benevolent sounding programs then the social program becomes evil because it operates contrary to the principle of maximum freedom.

Thus universal health care through stealing money to pay for it is an evil.

What those who support theft to do good do not realize is that all their social ideals can be realized through free will and the result will be much higher quality and efficiency.

If I had thus picked on various social programs that operate by the power of force contrary to the principle of freedom I’m sure I would have offended some.

LWK writes:
The evil you describe above is not some particular symptom of capitalism. It has existed from before recorded history. If anything real capitalism has done a lot to discourage that sort of evil. The reason is not hard to understand if people will drop their prejudices.

I think we are on the same page with capitalism and free enterprise but my point is that evil can manifest in any system. There can be no system produced that will cause people to do good all the time. They all open the door to abuse. The only real cure for the evil that men do lies in our spiritual evolution. Eventually we as a human race will learn to treat all people with kindness.

For example, we all agree that freedom is a much better situation than slavery. But does this mean that there are no problems associated with greater freedom? No. There are problems.

I remember reading an article about a study done about 40 years or so after the Civil War. They interviewed a significant number of slave survivors and asked them to compare their situation where they are now free with being a slave and an amazing number of them thought they were better off being a slave.

Freedom, free enterprise, capitalism and other endeavors that moved us forward can all be used toward a good end provided our consciousness meets the need. If it doesn’t then we can use the advantages toward a negative end.

A person can use freedom to abuse his fellow men and take advantage of them.

Another can succeed through capitalism and because of his success assume that anyone who has not done what he has is just lazy and has no empathy for those who are having a difficult financial time.

Overall the good that comes from freedom and endeavors that use this principle is more abundant than lack of freedom and the evil that comes from it is much less than slavery but problems will occur within any system that we create. Humans are not perfect and freedom allows certain evils to surface that restriction does not. But such evils must eventually surface and be subdued, harnessed and redirected toward that which is the good, the beautiful and the true through free will. On the other hand, when government takes money by force to finance benevolent sounding programs then the social program becomes evil because it operates contrary to the principle of maximum freedom.

Thus universal health care through stealing money to pay for it is an evil.

What those who support theft to do good do not realize is that all their social ideals can be realized through free will and the result will be much higher quality and efficiency.

If I had thus picked on various social programs that operate by the power of force contrary to the principle of freedom I’m sure I would have offended some.
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