Newton’s Third Law as Applied to Religion (or lack thereof)

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People ask if there’s a God, why there’s so much evil in the world. I can see where they’re coming from. Paying attention to a lot of news media out there, that old adage, “No news is good news,” seems to hold more truly than ever before. War, murder, rape, slimy politicking, you name it.

Allow me to ask my own question: by that logic, if there’s no God, why isn’t there nothing but evil in the world?

To answer both questions at once, I call to attention Newton’s Third Law: every action has an equal an opposite reaction. You know, right? You pump up a tire and it becomes harder to pump the more you fill it with air. You punch something and it hurts you as much as you hurt it.

Let’s put that in a different light, shall we? Namely, what happens when you do something good or bad to another person. You give someone a gift for Christmas and they give you a gift in return. You cook a meal and whoever eats it is not only thankful for the food but obligated to sing your praises to their friends and family. You push someone into a mud puddle and they get up and tackle you to the ground. You commit massive amounts of corporate fraud and not only will you lose your job; your company will go under.

Lots of religions have terms for this phenomenon. Karma, Yin and Yang, the Golden Rule, whatever. They all point to the same thing: if you do something good, eventually, something good happens to you, but if you do something bad, eventually, something bad happens to you. So, what does that have to do with the existence of God, you ask?

God–for lack of a better word–is often seen as the ultimate source of good, so why then is there any evil at all? Put simply, it’s because he’s not alone; he and his army of angels are at war for control of the cosmos. Standing at the other end of the battlefield are his arch nemesis, Satan–also for lack of a better word–and his army of demons. These two forces thus contribute to all that is good and evil, always warring, always cancelling each other out.

What does that make us humans? The poor idiots who keep running into the crossfire. Everything good and evil that happens to us outside of our own actions and/or reactions is thus these two mighty forces at work in our lives.

Now, let’s say there’s no God after all. Well, then there’s no Satan either. And that means all we humans have to blame for the evil in this world is ourselves. The war, murder, rape, slimy politicking, all of it; it’s our own faults, and it’s up to us to correct it.

So, next time you’re about to ask yourself why there’s evil in the world, don’t. Just buck up, go out there, and make things right.

It’s only fair.

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