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THE EVIL EGO                                                              Phil Guerena

Most people feel they are good, so good that they will go straight to heaven when they die.    But some do not believe in heaven knowing their good works will never get them there.  Therefore they dismiss this concept from their minds and hope they are right.  But some atheists go to church once in a great while in case there is such a place after death.  The Bible says in Psalm 53:3: “Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

When man feels there is no ultimate accountability for his actions he often behaves in very evil ways and with what he believes is unchallengeable power.  The blood stained pages of history prove this to be true.  In the colonial war of the United States of America, the British punished their prisoners in horrible ways, abandoning them in stationery ships.  Disease and starvation were rampant, while sanitary conditions were purposely ignored.  Death was common and few survived.  The colonials tarred and feathered many civilians who opposed them.  During the civil war of the United States of America, The Anderson prison camp of the south was almost sure death to those living in sickness, starvation, and in their own wastes.  However, some northern prison camps were just as bad if not worse like the one near Chicago, Illinois, Camp Douglas. 
   
During the Second World War, the atrocities committed by Hitler against the Jewish people and all who came into their death camps were unthinkable.   All this was done in the name of a better civilization and mankind.  Of course if we go back farther, religions mistreated, and some still do,  killing those who thought differently, all done in the name of God.  As if God cannot live with different opinions.  The Polish people were almost systematically eliminated by the Germans and Russians during the times of the 1940’s and before.  In fact when a Polish priest became Pope for the Catholic Church he was asked if he forgave the Russians for what they did to the Poles.  He answered, “As Pope I forgive them, but as Polish, I will never forgive them.”  

It seems like in every country and culture there is tales of woe that can be told of brutalities given out by those in power.  But the sad part is that all is done in the name of good.  How bad is good?   Sometimes hospitals have infants who were beaten up by their parents because their babies behaved like children.  Screaming, yelling, hitting, insulting a child, and one another, will never bring happiness or peace.  In fact, this is the hot bed of future criminals and murderers.  

There are many times when our evil and fragile egos are easily hurt.   In defense we attack others, even the best of friends.  Just because others had different opinions that rub us the wrong way does not make them now our enemies.  If we had the power would we kill them?   Yet there may be some cultures that have to be totally rejected.  The Aztecs of Mexico believed that they had to offer live human sacrifices to their war god-Huitzilochtli.   He only accepted live human hearts.  Therefore, the Aztecs had to constantly be at war; this was to capture live prisoners to rip out their hearts to their war and sun god.  Hernan Cortez had to defeat them in order to take away this custom.   But there are few instances in history where this had to be done, like the Nazis of World War II, or the cannibals in some jungles.  Sad to say there are still some who still practice evil killing of others who disagree with them.   We would like to think there is good in all mankind that only needs an opportunity to be released.

 But this is not the case at all.  Good comes from purposely stated goals that are really contrary to human nature.  Like the weddings vows which are there to guide marriages not to destroy them nor allow them to have their own evil ways.  Laws are usually made to do well and cause people to respect each other and even love each other if they follow the directions given them.  This is the purpose of The Ten Commandments given by God.  

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?  (Jeremiah 17:9).”   This is the divine revelation that tells us the truth of man’s heart.  The question who can know it only gives us one alternative, no one except God.   Sometimes our thoughts or desires can really scare us.   Am I really that way?  Did I really want to do evil and not good?  How come these corrupt words and put downs come out of my mouth and mind?  Did I really steal and cheat?   Why do I lie so easily?  Why do I desire so much evil and destructive ways? Why do I have to keep my mind, thoughts and words under control or else I will say and do what causes hurt and shame?  
A man after God’s own heart (starts with THE TEN COMMANDMENTS) believes God and asks for his divine guidance.  Job said (31:1), “I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look up a woman?”  Pornography is a wickedness that plagues the whole world.  Some say that looking is not bad. But that has to be rejected as a lie.  We are warned by Jesus that the eye is the light of the body and that if it is filled with darkness so will our whole body (Matthew 6:22-23).  With God’s help we must kill all thoughts and desires that will destroy us, our marriages, our children and society.  

I am a sinner have mercy on me, please O God, is a good opening to a prayer.  Now the keeping of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS will not save anyone since no one can truly keep them.  They will only confirm that we cannot ever earn our way to heaven.  We need a Savior.   Jesus said: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”   (John 3:16-17)
When we accept Jesus Christ as God’s only remedy for our sin, then we must come to Him in repentance.  This can be a very humiliating experience seeing how needful we are of Him.  May we forever know that we must have Him in all our existing days.    May our sins be an abomination for us before a sinless and perfect God.  Even though “All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23)” we find in Him not only a Savior but a refuge and guide in the times of deepest stress and need which can be every day.  “For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, Proverbs 6:23.”
 
“The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are futile.  Blessed is the man whom You instruct O LORD, And teach out of Your law, Psalm 94:11-12.”
  
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