The Paradox of Good and Evil, Part 1/7

The question of good and evil is extremely complex and very few people are aware of the relationship that exists between them. In reality, there is only one White Brotherhood of Great Spirits, and all who are called demons and evil spirits, are workers who carry out the will of this Great Brotherhood. Those who come down amongst people to test them, tempt them and make them suffer, are simply agents, representatives who are here to give them lessons and help them evolve.

In the Gospel of Matthew it is said that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted. Here is a point to be interpreted. If it is the Spirit itself (the good Spirit) who took Jesus to the desert to be tempted by the devil, it shows that the spirits we call bad – because they tempt us and bring us trials – are in fact God’s workers and they fulfil the will of those who are more advanced than they are. This shows that the devil is in the service of the Lord.

Why was the devil sent to tempt Jesus? This seems to contradict the beliefs of many who believe that Jesus was God himself. If Jesus was God himself, why should he be tempted? Doesn’t the invisible world know him? It cannot be very enlightened if it needs to know whether Jesus will resist temptation, or if he will give in.

In reality the invisible world knows all about us perfectly well: our power, our patience, our resistance, our wisdom, for it knows the qualities of the matter of which we are built. Just as physicists are aware of the properties of metals: their weight, density, melting point, etc. Some metals can withstand high temperatures, others cannot.

It is the same with people. We are each made of a particular material and the invisible world knows very well if we can withstand the various temptations of life. It does not need to put us to the test to find out. On the contrary, it is we who need to be aware of our power, our devotion and our kindness, or our frailty and our wilfulness. If we are put to the test, it is so that we may know ourselves.

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Paris, January 28, 1939

To be continued…

Compete Works Volume 4, The Mustard Seed
Chapter 6. The Three Great Temptations

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