Our friend Z asked a wonderful question this morning.
Do You Believe in Ghosts or Spirits?
These thoughts occurred to me in response:
" ... Spirit is God and Man is His image and likeness, therefore Man is not material, he is spiritual."
QUESTION: What would you be without your spirit?
ANSWER: Nothing but a pile of inert, unintegrated atoms each with a life of its own, perhaps, but with no animation, no intelligence, no motivation, no desire, no direction, no purpose, no sense whatsoever.
In other words without your spirit, you'd be NOTHING.
What we call "evil spirits" are perverse or hopelessly confused entities who like to imagine themselves separate from and unbound by the dictates of a God who for their own convenience they prefer to believe does not exist.
Because we were given free will, we have the power -- and the grave RESPONSIBILITY -- to choose between doing good, which may mean making personal sacrifices, or doing evil, which usually means pursuing purely selfish goals without regard to the consequences others may suffer.
Those who put themselves first to the extent they are willing to harm others are not inherently evil [No one is, as children of God made in His image and likeness we are all innately perfect], but out of ignorance -- or fear -- they CHOOSE selfishness. Suffering for all under their influence is almost inevitably the result.
Fear comes from lack of faith.
Many try earnestly to do good without giving God any credit or any gratitude. Usually the result there is that such people become bossy, overbearing, willful, petulant, intolerant of ideas not their own, etc. When their efforts end in failure and frustration -- as they inevitably do in the long run -- they become angry, bitter, increasingly harsh and resentful. In other words UNGODLY.
The Holy Ghost (SPIRIT) is the Source of Life, Intelligence, Truth, Love, Wisdom, Strength, Vitality and Courage.
In forsaking the Holy Ghost we hurt everyone with whom we come in contact -- ourselves most of all.
May we seek always to be guided by Truth. May our actions be grounded in Principle and our ambitions be motivated by Love and gratitude.
"Perfect love casteth out fear."