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Offline alexpetros

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Dualism
« on: October 26, 2013, 11:11:23 PM »
My girlfriend and I have decided to have a Lost marathon which reminded me of the prevalent theme of black versus white, or light versus dark, theme throughout the series. That made me wonder, of all heresies, why is dualism the most prevalent in human thought? Why do we, as humans, dwell on the battle of good and evil as if the two are of equal power and might, in constant balance (yin and yang)?

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Re: Dualism
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2013, 11:21:40 PM »
I don't. I see evil as being more powerful and prevalent than goodness. Look at it this way; being good takes years of hard work and effort, you have to go through a whole process to stop being bad. Yet, in a split second, evilness can ruin all of the good you've accumulated and it's extremely easy to do. All goodness offers people is vain hopes for a future that may or may not be true. This is probably my biggest doubt to my Orthodoxy; remembering that the battle is won and that good will prevail in the future when the present seems so twisted and evilness seems to prosper.
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Re: Dualism
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2013, 05:56:43 AM »
I don't. I see evil as being more powerful and prevalent than goodness. Look at it this way; being good takes years of hard work and effort, you have to go through a whole process to stop being bad. Yet, in a split second, evilness can ruin all of the good you've accumulated and it's extremely easy to do. All goodness offers people is vain hopes for a future that may or may not be true. This is probably my biggest doubt to my Orthodoxy; remembering that the battle is won and that good will prevail in the future when the present seems so twisted and evilness seems to prosper.

You haven't lived long enough. Your doubts about Orthodoxy are the fruit of immature youth. I am not patronizing you, but I speak as someone who's more than three times your age.  :)
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Re: Dualism
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2013, 07:01:58 AM »
I don't. I see evil as being more powerful and prevalent than goodness. Look at it this way; being good takes years of hard work and effort, you have to go through a whole process to stop being bad. Yet, in a split second, evilness can ruin all of the good you've accumulated and it's extremely easy to do. All goodness offers people is vain hopes for a future that may or may not be true. This is probably my biggest doubt to my Orthodoxy; remembering that the battle is won and that good will prevail in the future when the present seems so twisted and evilness seems to prosper.

Our awareness of evil in various forms is fed by a news media and gossip that finds its various manifestations play to the audience, our fears and sadly too often our unhealthy interest in 'bad' news.

On the other hand so much acts of kindness, charity and people taking risks to help others goes under reported or talked about. Genuine acts of kindness or charity are very often intentionally private and therefore remain unknown save to those immediately involved. James, take heart as you may be feeding your own pessimism rather than trusting in God's mercy. Evil is never stronger than the Creator of all. It only may appear so in our limited, very limited, understanding.

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Re: Dualism
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2013, 07:42:53 AM »
Dualism is basically a weapon that evil uses against us and, of course, in its vanity evil wants to believe that it is the opposite of good (not the lack of it), that satan is the opposite of God, not a finite being.
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Re: Dualism
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2013, 10:15:18 AM »
My girlfriend and I have decided to have a Lost marathon which reminded me of the prevalent theme of black versus white, or light versus dark, theme throughout the series. That made me wonder, of all heresies, why is dualism the most prevalent in human thought? Why do we, as humans, dwell on the battle of good and evil as if the two are of equal power and might, in constant balance (yin and yang)?
Maybe because at times the battle is very difficult.  Sometimes we have to put in a lot of sweat and effort when fighting it.  In that case, evil might see just as strong as good, but that is where patience comes in.

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Re: Dualism
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2013, 11:44:58 AM »
My girlfriend and I have decided to have a Lost marathon which reminded me of the prevalent theme of black versus white, or light versus dark, theme throughout the series. That made me wonder, of all heresies, why is dualism the most prevalent in human thought? Why do we, as humans, dwell on the battle of good and evil as if the two are of equal power and might, in constant balance (yin and yang)?

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