Evil is defined as either "natural or moral. Natural evil is any thing which produces pain, distress, loss or calamity, or which in any way disturbs the peace, impairs the happiness, or destroys the perfection of natural beings. Moral evil is any deviation of a moral agent from the rules of conduct prescribed to him by God, or by legitimate human authority; or it is any violation of the plain principles of justice and rectitude. Synonyms of evil include evildoing, immorality, iniquity, sin, villainy, noxious, pernicious, wicked.

"There are also evils called civil, which affect injuriously the peace or prosperity of a city or state; and political evils, which injure a nation, in its public capacity. All wickedness, all crimes, all violations of law and right are moral evils. Diseases are natural evils, but they often proceed from moral evils Misfortune; mischief; injury. Depravity; corruption of heart, or disposition to commit wickedness; malignity.

"Evil is defined as "having bad qualities of a natural kind; mischievous; having qualities which tend to injury, or to produce mischief. Having bad qualities of a moral kind; wicked; corrupt; perverse; wrong; as evil thoughts; evil deeds; evil speaking; an evil generation. Unfortunate; unhappy; producing sorrow, distress, injury or calamity; as evil tidings; evil arrows; evil days." – Noah Webster

A modern definition of evil is "Evil is "the antithesis of good; in the widest sense, evil is the reverse of good, and is whatever is censurable or morally depraved, bad, wicked, vicious; doing or tending to do harm, hurtful, prejudicial, depraved intention or purpose, desire for another's harm, causing discomfort, pain, or trouble, unpleasant, offensive, disagreeable, troublesome, painful." – OED

“Lift the victims and effects of evil, but do not lift evil itself —
call on divine fire to descend and consume it!”

Evil is an abstract principle, subsidiary to the principles of correspondence and reciprocity under the law of freedom to choose. You cannot see evil, but you can and do see the results of evil choices. Evil is subject to the law of being in the sense that a soul can choose to do so many evil acts that the soul corrupts its own goodness into evil. Evil is the perversion of honor, a conscious choice against God's Light. Evil cannot exist without a base of individual personality and mind from which to operate. Spiritual darkness accompanies and is a result of the presence of evil.

Evil begets only evil. Evil cannot create anything good; it can only corrupt the innocent and the good. Ancient tradition has it that all forms of evil were wrought originally by Belial, the father of lies, and later carried on by his willing minions. Belial (Hebrew: Bəlīyaʿal) is translated as wicked or worthless men, ideas, words, counsel, and idolatry, as in 2 Corinthians 6:15-16, "What concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?"

Mephistopheles is best known from Goethe, as the devil with whom Dr. Faustus made his pact, trading his soul for success during his life. Mephistopheles' name may combine the Hebrew mēp̄īṣ, which means "scatterer, disperser", and tōp̄el šeqer, which means "plasterer of lies," obviously aligning him with Belial the father of lies. Jesus, in his word-battle with the Pharisees in John 8, says of them, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." – John 8:44.

John Milton, in Paradise Lost, casts Satan, whose besetting sin was pride, as the leader of the rebellion against God, and saying, "Farewell remorse: all good to me is lost; Evil be thou my good." Jesus referred to Satan in Luke – 10:17-18, "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."

The prophet Isaiah spoke of Lucifer, whose name is Latin for Light-bearer. "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." – Isaiah 14:12-15.

Beelzebub (Baʿal Zəvûv), associated with the Canaanite god Baal, known as the "Lord of the Flies," is another name for Satan. The Pharisees, when they saw Jesus casting out devils accused him of serving Beelzebub: "Then was brought unto [Jesus] one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." – Matthew 12:22-28.

Evil includes iniquity, abomination, and vice. Iniquity is a grossly immoral or unjust, wicked choice or an action. Abomination is a disgusting and abhorrent choice of action. The world defines a vice on a continuum ranging from "a slight personal failing; a foible, a flaw, an imperfection or a defect," to "a serious moral failing," to "wicked or evil conduct or habits; corruption," or "an evil, degrading, or immoral practice or habit." Vices are usually associated with physical appetites and sensations, and open the door to evil choices.

Edna Lister on Evil

Every appearance of evil is a form of mental malpractice. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, 1933.

The world mind is the devil, and when you tune in on doubt and worry, you tune in all the evil. – Edna Lister, Release the Indwelling Power, January 11, 1933.

Prayer lifts everything that comes to you, and is the only way out of a confused condition. Under the law of forgiveness, you break a vicious circle, while Light destroys only the evil. – Edna Lister, The Lord's Prayer, September 26, 1934.

Deal justly, even with your enemies, for suffering evil is better than to retaliate with vengeance. – Edna Lister, The Battle with Draco the Dragon, October 28, 1937.

Evil eventually defeats itself. – Edna Lister, October 21, 1938.

You may not consort with morally degenerate souls. – Edna Lister, June 9, 1939.

Nothing of evil can remain buried. – Edna Lister, September 15, 1939.

When you "think only upon the things of good repute" (Philippians 4:8), you cannot be thinking about evil. – Edna Lister, February 28, 1940.

When you can see utter evil and say, "It is good," giving it to God in love, then your return of prospering success will abound. Sadly this lesson costs much effort and time, yet all must learn it. The self endures great travail until you fully cleanse it. – Edna Lister, November 26, 1940.

Each soul is precious to the Father, even the evil, the wicked, the users of Light as darkness. – Edna Lister, October 22, 1941.

"I see no evil, I hear no evil, I think no evil." Recognize the darkness of evil only to lift. – Edna Lister, November 7, 1941.

Evil flourishes in ignorance, but Light brings the knowledge of wisdom. – Edna Lister, Crusaders of Light, March 8, 1942 .

Unless you can lift the lines to one who works evil, Light must wipe the memory of it clean. – Edna Lister, September 17, 1942.

The full Light of pure love renders evil and darkness impotent. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1944.

Of all evil, possession of a person, "body and soul," is the deepest and darkest. – Edna Lister, January 4, 1945.

God must relieve all hearts of evil by melting it and having it work out from hearts that concoct evil. The melting heat comes from the love we release, pouring through and lifting them now. – Edna Lister, January 8, 1945.

Someone must know the truth and wade through the error and evil. God needs only one to stand and hold fast to the truth and Light. – Edna Lister, July 31, 1945.

Make no concessions or prideful defense to evil. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1945.

Only one way lies open to those who have delighted in working evil: Straight down the pathway into oblivion. Once they have dug themselves into darkness, they cannot climb the sheer walls, but are pushed farther in by those who follow them. So, darkness digs its own tomb, and buries itself deep. – Edna Lister, August 24, 1947.

You may not descend into the valley of the shadows to look upon, consider, contemplate or entertain evil; "see" it only to lift. – Edna Lister, August 24, 1947.

Those who will not accept responsibility for their evil refuse to admit they have committed an evil act, thus, are unimpressed with the idea of earning their way back. The same little self that withholds spiritual knowledge, prevents suggestions or law from registering upon the brain cells. When their own debt returns to them, as it must, they feel abused and cry, "Unfair!" – Edna Lister, January 22, 1948.

The walls of Light you form around dark ones prevent them from doing evil; there is no chance of error if you keep them filled and solid. – Edna Lister, July 15, 1948.

Self-righteously finger-pointing: We all know someone who is doing wrong, but how will God ever see a perfect world if we always judge them, pick their pin feathers off, and leave them raw and bleeding? They may be wicked, evil, wrong! So what? Decide whose side you want to be on and then stick to it. You cannot speak of others as devils and be perfect yourself. You become what you think, vision, and feel about others. This is law. Stop feeling righteous and get to work on becoming all your vows. – Edna Lister, December 5, 1948.

Why talk about evil when so much about God is left unsaid? – Edna Lister, December 5, 1948.

You cannot be both Light and dark; you must leave the Light to become critical or suspicious. Everyone else is into lifting his own evil or he is not. You can do nothing but to declare Light when another does not want to lift his; only Light can aid him. – Edna Lister, December 5, 1948.

You must know where the evil is before you can lift its effects. God must have the evil kept stirred up since you cannot see mud that settles. – Edna Lister, January 31, 1949.

Some must verbally spew the evil; they do not know how to lift it in any other way. – Edna Lister, April 5, 1949.

Any teaching or book that detracts from devotion to or denudes Christ of the mysteries is subtle intellectual evil. If you read such, ask for illumination, but not by becoming involved or asking for information about the book. – Edna Lister, December 5, 1949.

God cannot clean evil up for us because He cannot set aside principle and law when we exercise freedom of choice. – Edna Lister, March 27, 1950.

Those who practice evil always believe that they remember all laws, when they recall only that which will finally cut off their own ability to use Power. – Edna Lister, August 10, 1950.

Declaring darkness healed leaves it helpless before the Light. – Edna Lister, August 10, 1950.

Do not "see" evil in anything, but declare every move good and one step nearer the collapse of all evil. – Edna Lister, November 9, 1950.

No power of evil can withstand the love of God. – Edna Lister, January 11, 1951.

"Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." – Matthew 6:34 means sufficient unto that day are the debts you must pay. – Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, June 12, 1951.

There is no Power in evil, only force. – Edna Lister, June 23, 1951.

"Resist not evil." – Matthew 5:39 means to agree with your adversary quickly. It is a law of nonresistance. You feed and strengthen what you resist. – Edna Lister, July 27, 1951.

The Power the devoted Elect release in prayer and declarations brings chicanery and evil into the open in high places, removing such by scandal and death. No evil can remain hidden. Light unveils all covered evil, and shouts it from the housetops. – Edna Lister, January 5, 1952.

God cannot blast evil from earth until evil opens fire against the Light. Light may not open the battle, but must remain beneficent, always free to change all into itself as healing. Light can absorb evil and send it into the abyss for its long pilgrimage of purification only when evil seeks to conquer Light in ruthless ways, declaring itself to annihilation rather than be healed. – Edna Lister, February 24, 1952.

The heat of God's love explodes evil. – Edna Lister, August 31, 1952.

The more evil a man is, the more evil entities Light can lift through him into the purging fire. – Edna Lister, September 14, 1952.

No evil may exist in places consecrated to Light. If individuals insist on making them evil, they will fall because of the low vibration. For instance, when the religious use the devotional prayer substance of their congregation to gain more power, the pillars of their temple will fall, because they pull them down. When you declare that God's Light is impregnating the houses of evil, you are declaring good upon earth. – Edna Lister, September 14, 1952.

Do not recognize any evil on the outer, except to fill it with Light. The higher you soar, the more evil comes before you because you stir up the murk with Light. Lift the victims and effects of evil, but do not lift evil — call on divine fire to consume it! – Edna Lister, September 22, 1952.

God uses everyone who curses to raise evil from earth. Like attracts like, so even those who curse our government are in turn used to lift darkness from earth. – Edna Lister, September 25, 1952.

Like attracts like; evil attracts evil. – Edna Lister, September 25, 1952.

We cannot cleanse the final evil until Light releases it from the very rocks on our spoken Word. – Edna Lister, September 25, 1952.

Discernment, discrimination, and discretion move into action as evil approaches. If you have consecrated yourself to service and desire to do something about a situation, you may find yourself saying something suddenly. This is how God puts in a wedge of Light, as you ascend and declare it good instantly. – Edna Lister, October 6, 1952.

Some persons stand as monuments of evil. Examples include, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong and others of that ilk. – Edna Lister, November 28, 1952.

Your declarations of Light arouse evil to a fury, and quarrels break out everywhere. Eventually, ever greater hatreds against good will arise from every quarter until evil finally overreaches itself in its violence. – Edna Lister, January 8, 1953.

You limit the daily miracles in your life when you fail to grasp the mightiness of Power waiting to use you to conquer all remaining evil. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1953.

Let no thought of being misled disturb the glory of your ascension. You have great wisdom to distinguish between the Light and the dark of evil. Evil, darkness and possession speak thus, "Try this just once for pleasure of sensation and self-satisfaction." Ascending ways say, "Arise. Give up self. Seek nothing for self but give all in surrender to be used by Light." – Edna Lister, January 19, 1953.

Bombs, dictators and evil can frighten only those who do not understand spiritual power. – Edna Lister, October 5, 1953.

Do not sink on any vibration, but remain ready to use Light to strip the darkness, false intentions and downright evil practice of everything and everyone that the world brings to you. – Edna Lister, November 24, 1953.

God can release enough saving Power only through your sacrifice of self. He could loose all quantity of Power upon the world to destroy evil, but what good to wipe out evil without raising the consciousness of those practicing evil ways? They would immediately recreate all that God wiped out. Someone on earth must make sacrifice of desires, especially for outer success so that God may wipe evil from minds and hearts of evil men. Only sacrifice of self can destroy the remaining evil tentacles of Belial, the Father of Lies. – Edna Lister, January 11, 1954.

Evil desires to destroy what it cannot control. Knowing his reign of evil is ended, the Father of Lies plots to take earth with him into perdition, the outer abyss. – Edna Lister, January 11, 1954.

Principle can never be evil, for it cannot misuse itself; it is from everlasting to everlasting, and we cannot move the foundation. Only personality can misuse principle. Evil must be expressed by and through personality. The Love principle is also emotion, which can make us forget the Wisdom principle. – Edna Lister, May 24, 1954.

Principle is not evil, nor can it be touched. Personality's use of principle appears to defile it by coating it. When a personality pours Light on misused principle, its perfection shines through again. Evil cannot resist the principle of Love; Love absorbs everything. – Edna Lister, June 6, 1954.

The principles of Light and Love can never be evil. – Edna Lister, June 18, 1954.

Each person must meet and lift his own evil deeds. – Edna Lister, August 17, 1954.

We live by fundamental principles, such as, "I am now in my right place doing the right thing for me to do. Everything that comes to me is mine to ascend." Your responsibility includes lifting your share of earth's debt. If you refuse, another must do it for you. You must lift world debt, with no thought of self or deviation from the goal.

"This is good. I love you. Come to me to be lifted." See evil for a second only, to recognize it for lifting. This is the secret of all health, strength and joy, all added things and eternal life. This is true from the beginning to the end of time. – Edna Lister, October 17, 1954.

Love enough shall free the earth from evil. – Edna Lister, February 21, 1955.

When you know God, you will not think you know anything; you will not see or hear evil except to lift. – Edna Lister, July 23, 1955.

You feel so good inside when you love the good rather than hate the evil. – Edna Lister, August 4, 1955.

Those who hide things from themselves, who have practiced evil and possession, and acted as vampires, build a grey-black lower astral entity from their own darkened soul substance. This dwarf-sized double is an aspect of the dweller on the threshold of consciousness, which each must cleanse and lift from the desire body. – Edna Lister, August 5, 1955.

We descended and incarnated to live by the laws and love of God, to conquer through love and retrain the masses. We came to earth to give the substance that evil has tainted back to God by calling it good. – Edna Lister, August 11, 1955.

It is divine restraint to stop evil practices. – Edna Lister, August 15, 1955.

"Abstain from all appearance of evil." – 1 Thessalonians 5:22 means not to do, think or say it if another can misconstrue it. God has designed us to refrain from doing wrong voluntarily, while just as consciously choosing to become a perfect ensample or pattern for others to follow. – Edna Lister, Divine Laws for Conquerors, October 7, 1955.

You may use the knife of force to cut the crystallization and separate evil from a person or a circumstance only under unmistakable orders. Hatred and rebellion are always the basis for evil, and only the knife of almost visible heavy force can cut such crystallization. Power melts, dissolves and absorbs what force cuts asunder. – Edna Lister, November 28, 1955.

When evil seems worse, it is coming to the surface to be skimmed off. Speak the Word to shatter evil, to uncover and unleash all hidden evil doings so that love may absorb it completely. – Edna Lister, January 5, 1956.

When Power waxes strong, be quiet, calm and lifting, allowing no part of the mind or heart to see or recognize any evil or darkness. It is not there to recognize as anything of itself; it is nothing and you treat it as such. – Edna Lister, February 9, 1956.

"Abstain from all appearance of evil." – 1 Thessalonians 5:22 — Avoid anything that puts you in a false position. – Edna Lister, Daring to Do, April 22, 1956.

You must meet each day's "evil thereof," for there are always floating debt and force to be met. – Edna Lister, July 2, 1956.

Earth is still heavy with evil that we must lighten. At the right time, the Light of Spirit will be withdrawn from the evil ones and they will turn and rend themselves in the darkness. Religions that damn and condemn nonbelievers will crack from the inside. – Edna Lister, July 16, 1956.

We call the medulla oblongata the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because it contains stored memories of good and evil. Whenever evil touches our lines of Light and triggers a record, you feel guilt. – Edna Lister, July 16, 1956.

A child must learn his lesson, even if it means burning his hand. Evil ones must learn the hard way. – Edna Lister, October 15, 1956.

When someone has spoken evil of another, as in gossip, hold him on a cloud where he can do no more harm. Cross his tongue and lips with etheric fire. – Edna Lister, December 17, 1956.

Seal the lips of those who speak evil with Light. – Edna Lister, February 20, 1957.

The serpent crawling on its belly is the symbol of evil and misuse of Power, but the serpent standing upright, as a cobra or rattlesnake does, is the symbol of the wisdom of the ages. All philosophers agree on this and none disagree. The serpent of wisdom swallows the serpent of material phenomena, just as Spirit will always cover and protect wisdom, and lift evil from earth. The serpent on its belly represents earth's spiritual blindness and the dark influence of evil masquerading under the truth of appearances.

The serpent raised, standing upright, symbolizes the lifted creative fire, which opens the eyes of soul to the truth of reality. The serpent of wisdom can instantly swallow any evil eye or dark suggestion, for you use the same Mind, Substance and Power for good as evil, for Light or dark. Light forever consumes darkness. – Edna Lister, March 12, 1957.

Light forever consumes darkness, but evil burns, consumes and absorbs its perpetrator. If a man hates enough, his hatred will consume him. – Edna Lister, March 12, 1957.

When you descend in consciousness to live by self, you open self to the outer world and all its evils. – Edna Lister, May 9, 1957.

You can always find a gracious and lovely way to declare evil and treachery good. – Edna Lister, July 3, 1957.

Lukewarmness and indifference are the greatest evils in the world. – Edna Lister, July 4, 1957.

It is a supreme privilege to do such heroic work for God as to lift the lines that lead to evil. – Edna Lister, August 1, 1957.

There is an end to evil in due season. Say, "I love thee" to all, from God to the evil ones, and the evil ones need it most. It works. When people use no more idle words, when all faces turn to Light, evil will be conquered. – Edna Lister, December 19, 1957.

To eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is to attain discrimination. – Edna Lister, December 19, 1957.

Belial, the Father of Lies, has used humanity's subconscious for his evil purposes until he has become the owner of the world's composite subconscious mind. We must clean up the subconscious world mind around us, so God can endow it with Light to break the connection or contact with Belial, the father of lies. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1957.

When you are critical or blame, remember that you may see, hear or speak no evil. You notice evil just to lift, but don't get into it. When you paddle in darkness, you defile your temple of the living God, your body. – Edna Lister, January 9, 1958.

God cannot permeate what you declare is evil. Declare "it" good, the door opens and God enters. – Edna Lister, January 21, 1958.

We use spiritual arms and armaments to lift evil's effects from earth; this is the true Armageddon when the forces of good and evil battle in the air. Every good word you utter is a vacuum that suctions the bombs of evil intent directed by enemy forces. You speak the Word to separate evil from its earthly home and Legions of Light take it away. – Edna Lister, March 6, 1958.

You draw yourself out of the world when you encircle yourself in Light, yet you are protected from evil and good. – Edna Lister, May 6, 1958.

Remember, in all criticism, you will pay the debt for the one you criticize. This is why evil politicians remain in office. Public criticism pays their debts and they can hide in a protective cloud to carry on their evil machinations. – Edna Lister, June 2, 1958.

Put spheres of Light at the doors of schools, hospitals, nursing homes, government, municipal and office buildings, the U.N., stores, theaters and churches. – Edna Lister, June 30, 1958.

God will use the blackest tool to bring the Light. – Edna Lister, August 7, 1958.

Success is in the application of what you know to everything you are doing, yet you must rid your consciousness of old blemishes and evils to be successful. – Edna Lister, October 13, 1958.

Everything that separates the Primal Unity is of the "devil." – Edna Lister, October 27, 1958.

No compromise is possible with evil. – Edna Lister, October 27, 1958.

To exorcize an evil spirit, call it "good." Never physically touch a person whom you believe to be possessed of evil. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1958.

The Elect of this age must show that they can compete in any situation in the outer with the evil, the agnostics, and those who hate God. – Edna Lister, November 7, 1958.

You are the creator of your life, unless you turn to "devil worship," which is the belief that some devil has made the place you occupy. – Edna Lister, November 10, 1958.

It's true that evil can have an odor and a taste. – Edna Lister, November 13, 1958.

He who becomes the servant of all and takes blame, God will find ready when the world is about to be splintered by evil; he can take a shot of Power no one else could take to save a vibration. – Edna Lister, December 8, 1958.

Evil darkness consumes itself, even the cells of the body. Love feeds upon itself, expands and grows. – Edna Lister, December 15, 1958.

When you see spiritually as a Christed One, you see for analysis, yet you see no evil, save to lift. – Edna Lister, February 5, 1959.

You can tell how great is the darkness gathered in one place by how much destruction is happening. The lukewarm Power released by "good" people, which evil turns into force, causes delays. To do nothing about evil is a curse.

Prayers are the greatest aid, for they release Power that can destroy darkness and those whom the evil ones can touch. The evil ones stay far away from those who pray fervently, but the indifferent "good" ones find everything delayed. Every struggle the Elect make, to overcome delays and frustrations, releases tenfold power of love to absorb evil. – Edna Lister, March 23, 1959.

A little evil can contaminate a lot. Evil must be absorbed and contained by Light. – Edna Lister, May 4, 1959.

Evil is a conscious choice against the Light; evil cannot exist without a base of individual personality and mind. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

Your solemn obligation, under honor and loyalty to God, is to lift evil the minute you hear it and love "who" or "what" into the Light. – Edna Lister, May 7, 1959.

You must know where evil is before you can lift it. – Edna Lister, May 14, 1959.

There can be a perfect evil, perfect storm, perfect crime, etc. We are lifting perfect evil into perfect good. This is why we say that evil is good. "Everything and everyone is good and perfect now." When you get the idea of perfect evil, you have it half conquered. Use the hook of perfection to move evil into good. – Edna Lister, May 18, 1959.

With every breath you inhale, you can draw evil together. As you exhale, you release the Light that absorbs evil. – Edna Lister, May 31, 1959.

Laggards, who have repudiated further ascension, often practice sophisticated evil on other followers of the Way, desiring to tear you down to their level. Seeking to fill their ranks and justify themselves, they say that you are deluded about the inner kingdom, under the self-delusion that they are doing well for you. – Edna Lister, June 15, 1959.

Remember the camera flash and shutter: See evil on one quick glimpse and go on about the Father's business. – Edna Lister, June 22, 1959.

Evil may be committed if allowed to grow without being surrounded by Light. Therefore, having the Light ever flowing and moving forward to cover all earth in a never-ending stream is important. – Edna Lister, August 10, 1959.

Every site of tragedy — accidents, plane crashes — has something of evil in it that must be lifted; your prayers must be strong enough to siphon that darkness. – Edna Lister, March 3, 1960.

"Abstain from all appearance of evil." – 1 Thessalonians 5:22. Idle words are an appearance of evil. – Edna Lister, April 1, 1960.

The drawing power of Love, Wisdom and Joy is mightier than the relative kinetic power on earth. God's Power pulls evil out by the roots. – Edna Lister, May 8, 1960.

The Light in you is a challenge to the evil and darkness in every mind and heart where you step. When you are lifted up in consciousness, you lift those around you, despite themselves, forcing them beyond their ability and desire. They almost hate you for agitating them, but Light cannot save them unless we disturb their peace, the somnambulant ones who just want to rest.

Our task is to interpret evil into Light. Every evil that they spew out through a news source or broadcast, is spewed out forever; evil cannot create more of itself. – Edna Lister, May 8, 1960.

Cover others' transgressions but don't dwell on evil or darkness. – Edna Lister, June 19, 1960.

You can keep evil loose for lifting from its substrate [personality, body or location] only by continually lifting and mopping; otherwise, the evil now loosened would slide back and crystallize again, harder than ever, requiring another ten thousand years to loosen it. To consume evil, you must send the Light forth in greater proportion of quality and quantity than the evil to be lifted.

Decree that government workers will become wizards of wisdom, handling each thing in a masterly way, always making right decisions, and lifting darkness from wherever they are through the power of their words. When you pray, declare that the Light of God shall uproot all evil, darkness and chicanery so that all people will see it. – Edna Lister, June 24, 1960.

God does not put us in a comfortable position to lift evil, but because we are pipelines to send it up to Him. This is an honor no one can take from us. – Edna Lister, August 22, 1960.

Whenever events make it look as though evil were rampant, each darkened soul is spewing evil to be lifted. – Edna Lister, September 12, 1960.

Evil uses all lukewarmness and curses for its destructive purposes, but it cannot touch the Light which burns it. The only way darkness can penetrate Light is through the individual's negativity. Declare that "Evil must come to Light." – Edna Lister, October 10, 1960.

God can always last one day longer than evil. When you suffer a blow, Light erases records of hate and evil from the world mind consciousness. – Edna Lister, December 4, 1960.

Truth stands the test of time. Evil and lies fall of their own weight. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1961.

Some are still without a lick of sense, and don't know when they enter darkness or evil. The first spiritual seeing is fault-finding in others. They see evil everywhere. The trick is to be glad they use you as a mirror. You recognize it, but do not take it on; let others stew in their own juice. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1961.

When you let the Power move through you, it causes those who practice evil to overreach themselves and they destroy their own evil. – Edna Lister, March 19, 1961.

After reaching the fifth or Master Degree in ascension, you are required to lend yourself to be used to further the conquering of evil from earth; otherwise, you are not allowed to go higher. – Edna Lister, May 30, 1961.

The "end of the world" is the end of evil. – Edna Lister, June 13, 1961.

You exorcize the evil vibration of a person, or to rid him of possession, but you may not exorcize him to get him out of your hair. To cut off a person's vibration of darkness, exalt him. When you have broken a law or have fears, exorcize the dark clouds around you. Declare a sphere of fire at your own front door, and walls of fire around the person with the dark vibration. – Edna Lister, June 19, 1961.

You die the first death when you live by doubts and fears. The "second death" is to consort with evil and to lose your soul identity. From earth to heaven, translation, transition, and transmutation is the path. Victory over death is victory over the emotional life, and evil. – Edna Lister, August 3, 1961.

We Elect involved ourselves with earth's dirt, because only love can cleanse evil. Wisdom could wipe it out, but it would start again and we would still need to conquer it. We had to move among men to scatter, conquer and lift evil's influence. Darkness cannot exist where Light is. Darkness cannot fight Light. Our work is to transform violent hate into beautiful lines of Light. Light is the great principle that works as the lesser principles of color, tone, number, and name (the spoken Word names form). – Edna Lister, August 3, 1961.

"This is good" wields a knife of Light to separate evil from the good. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1961.

Evil and darkness consume themselves, even the body cells. – Edna Lister, October 17, 1961.

A lukewarm approach to faith and lack of love in the world encourages evil to exist. – Edna Lister, November 1, 1961.

Evil is orphaned soul substance and shattered consciousness. God adopts evil and gives it His name, Good; once named Good, it becomes good. – Edna Lister, January 15, 1962.

God uses a disintegrator, so declare each disintegrator is a focal point for the release of God's Power, and that earth's evil is absorbed through them as they are thus used. – Edna Lister, February 3, 1962.

Idle words create after their kind, and many are definitely evil. If you must say, "I am sorry. I didn't mean it that way," you are in a position of evil under the law of necessity, "Abstain from all appearance of evil." – 1 Thessalonians 5:22. – Edna Lister, March 28, 1962.

When you declare, "This is good," every Power of the universe is under command to turn black evil into good; the evil ones are helpless and impotent when you speak the Word, "This is good." Use it. – Edna Lister, March 28, 1962.

Every soul that is practicing evil is in communion with the Father of Lies. The heavy gravity of earth's darkness floats up to the knees. To indulge in evil of any kind, one must submerge the self in the heaviness of evil and wallow in it. To "see" it, you must submerge yourself to the neck, but it cannot touch you unless you lend yourself. When a speck of evil approaches, it will bypass you if nothing in you attracts it. – Edna Lister, August 9, 1962.

Evil cannot withstand the pure Love of God. – Edna Lister, November 11, 1962.

People succumb to evil because they don't stay in the Light. It is up to you to release Power to make it up and to remain high in consciousness, without needing someone to tell you the difference between good and evil practices. – Edna Lister, November 15, 1962.

The law of anger releases evil, though it is the use of force and the angry one must pay a debt. – Edna Lister, November 26, 1962.

When you lift one person or dark situation, you lift the whole world for the same thing. God floods the person, place or situation when you say, "Let there be Light." – Edna Lister, December 10, 1962.

Repulsion keeps things away from you, but when the law of love fills your aura, it repulses only evil. – Edna Lister, December 17, 1962.

God adds and multiplies. Darkness subtracts and divides. God does not work on division and subtraction. He works on addition and multiplication only. – Edna Lister, Power to Ascend, December 18, 1962.

To set aside evil, say, "Let evil be set aside, lifted. Let it be so. Let God make it so." You require no special formula. When you see the evil, speak immediately whatever words come to you about "letting" God's Power work, to have Light consume it. – Edna Lister, March 7, 1963.

Don't bother explaining to God what the situation or person needs, or how evil the evil is. The Light shall shine on the evil doers and show them up. Special Lights shine on special places, where evil is concocted and their evil words shall turn and rend them. – Edna Lister, March 10, 1963.

The greatest harm to walk earth is not the agents of darkness and evil, but the weak ones who let darkness pile up in their lives through neglect or a "what's the use" attitude, which is a true curse. – Edna Lister, April 24, 1963.

See evil only to lift it, but do not dwell on it. – Edna Lister, August 15, 1963.

You cannot lift an evil that sits buried under tons of personality judgment. Apply this to public criticism of our government. – Edna Lister, God as Principle Applied Under Logic and Reason, November 5, 1963.

Envision shafts of fire surrounding all evil ones as they leave home and declare, "Thy fiery Light shall prevent them from acting to do evil." – Edna Lister, May 24, 1964.

Crystallized evil must be melted and dissolved to be absorbed. – Edna Lister, July 26, 1964.

God has revealed two ways to destroy evil: To wipe out His Creation as He did when He brought the Flood, or by love growing strong enough to overcome evil, as He did when He sent His only begotten Son. The Creator could have wiped out evil at any moment, but destroying the Day of Manifestation would not have solved the problem because every cell and life spark impregnated with evil must be purified before God can call it a day.

We, who are the Elect, must speak the Word in prayer to raise the evil in those who entertain it until they spew it from their hearts and minds, and our prayers lift it from them. Every prayer of lifting and all healing prayer from earth has helped to prepare the cells of earth itself to give up the impregnation of evil.

So, evil is finished except what remains in the minds and hearts of men. As they express it, it may seem at times that God has forgotten us, but He is always with us. "We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." – Romans 8:28. To those who love God enough, all things do come together for good. Those who prophesy death and destruction are breathing evil to the surface by their use of the Word, and it is good.

The Elect, by the power of the spoken Word in prayer, skim this evil sludge off for lifting. We bring illumination and intuition together to create cosmic consciousness and balance in the wake of lifting. If a malefactor repents, the Father forgives him and he receives forgiveness formally, before the altar. God uses these people to fulfill His will. When you pour love on such a soul, his healing begins. – Edna Lister, October 6, 1964.

Reach out with arms of Light to gather any life sparks involved in darkness, call them by name and give them to the angel with the censer. Thus, you lift earth. "I won't" is a challenge to all the evil forces in the universe. "I will" precipitates all past debts. Never use these phrases. "I will" is a challenge to every dark force to make you act and do it. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1964.

Just as Light always adds and multiplies, eventually, evil always consumes itself, eventually. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1964.

You have become your brother's keeper, but you may not criticize, resent or judge him unrighteously. Lift the effects of evil, but do not name it or say, "I don't like this." Declare the practitioners of evil as good where they are. Put them all on a cloud, declare them good, leave it to God and stand in the Light. A just appraisal puts the Light of God on the situation. Learn to agree and adjust about everything. You are good, but you contaminate the air with the fallout of your taints, and arguments. Stand in the Light instantly. Close out everything of earth. Know only God and the Light. – Edna Lister, October 28, 1964.

Evil consumes itself. Evil, making light of its own evil, blinds itself to the truth. – Edna Lister, October 29, 1964.

Speak the Word to keep evil on the run into the open so that Light may absorb it. – Edna Lister, November 9, 1964.

Plant your feet, stand and look into the face of evil and destruction. We are lifting evil because God has us in the hollow of His hands. – Edna Lister, November 27, 1964.

Natural devastation loosens the rocks to dislodge the evil embedded in earth and lifts force. – Edna Lister, February 21, 1965.

Where one has retrogressed completely to self, he draws to himself darkness and evil powers. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1966.

God recognizes no evil, but declares that all Creation shall be saved. – Edna Lister, May 3, 1966.

Invisible evil is a poison that seeps into everything. Visible evil carries its own cure with it. – Edna Lister, May 8, 1966.

To protect someone from elements of evil, or for healing, create a sheath of the second grade of substance, by declaring it. "Father of all lights and glory, let a sheath of Thine own substance of Light be placed around Name, so that he/she stands perfectly protected before the world." Then ask that the Master himself vitalizes it.

"Lord Jesus Christ, we ask thee please to stand with Name in protection and to the Father's glory now and forever more." He will then stand and enlivens a mental image of himself before the one needing protection. Declare that the speech of those who are working evil is reduced to babbling nonsense. Wherever you find confusion, keep an eye out for the evil influence at work there. – Edna Lister, May 16, 1966.

When you lift the life sparks of someone who is doing evil, they are stored in a sphere of fire, where they are cleansed of all taint and the memories of evil. Thus, enough life sparks will be available when the soul leaves the body to return under the same identity (name and number). In cases where the evil-doing has been too great, the life sparks are taken to Perdition, a great lake of fire, where the identity and all memory is burned away. The life sparks are then scattered in the great abyss of unnamed and unnumbered universal substance. This is the annihilation of identity. – Edna Lister, June 4, 1966.

Hold your point unwaveringly, letting no hint of darkness creep in. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Hold, stand, love, and praise, ever higher than ever before, and you will see what God can do. – Edna Lister, June 19, 1966.

Every time you forgive, you lift the lines to evil into the Light. Evil must have darkness in which to work. When you cover evil with Light, it drains the Mind, Substance, and Power from evil until it no longer has access to any power. – Edna Lister, Except for the Prayers of the Elect, July 3, 1966.

We shall hear more stories about those who were evil, who are now doing something miraculously good. Now, when someone curses evil, it will become a swiftly returning boomerang. No one may play with this Power anymore. – Edna Lister, October 25, 1966.

Those who have done evil name soul debts and claim the returning of evil to the senders as God’s vengeance and wrath because of its inevitable, unchanging firmness, which they must eventually conquer and pay. Everyone who turns again to God is received of God and this opens the Gates to the evil ones that they may learn how to pay their debts. Soul debts must be paid! – Edna Lister, March 19, 1967.

Evil is like a fungus that grows as its spores fly. It spreads on fertile ground, but the spores spread it. People must entertain evil before it can grow. It flies from thought to thought, from curse to curse. Good people's idle words are the most fertile ground for the spores of evil. Reach out with arms of Light to gather up the spores. Darkness is fading.

When those of lesser intelligence congregate in hate, they join others like themselves. Make this declaration, "Just let me be perfect as Thou, O Father, art perfect" and the kingdom of heaven will move in and absorb evil on earth. – Edna Lister, May 22, 1967.

Love, administered without justice, attracts evil, which appropriates the injustice involved for its own use. – Edna Lister, May 26, 1967.

The world is being forced to face the Tree of Good and Evil and to choose. You must know all about evil to be able to choose the good. – Edna Lister, August 24, 1967.

You bear a torch of Light and glory to earth that can burn evil away from places and personalities. Become part of God's cleaning crew wherever you go. – Edna Lister, The Religion of Jesus, October 22, 1967.

Pay less attention to evil, and more to declaring it good. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1967.

You can create an evil entity within yourself with subconscious memory as its base. Hugging, greed, grief, self-pity, or resentment to yourself fills the chest. Asthma, for example, can be the remnant of a self-created entity. Sometimes a good person, who is overly introspective and retrospective, crawls off to live alone, hugging the past until the subconscious memories fill the body. This is not like possession from outside but is an abnormal retirement, with the conscious mind blocked out until the remaining consciousness is almost mindless. Then disembodied entities can move in and out through the naval center.

It takes a strong voice to speak the Word and quell evil. The law is, "Look not into the past." Close your ears to the evil that another spews. Declare that he is lifted into Light, purged and cleansed of evil. Choose the great sword of truth and justice cutting evil from Light, taking evil from the hearts and minds of men. Will you recreate the darkness by listening to and believing past evil? Power is going forth to lift debts and loosen evil from the minds and hearts of the most evil ones, to give them an opportunity to move up in consciousness. It takes a strong voice to speak the Word and overcome evil.

Lift all doubts that God is allowing or unable to prevent something evil to transpire. He has chosen the plan to finish evil with the least destruction possible, the easiest way to bring it to pass without destroying the whole planet. Other plans would have done so. It appears to the world as if God were allowing sickness, evil and destruction, but He is allowing only the just payment of debts, falling on the just and unjust alike.

"I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." – Matthew 5:44-45.

Put an evil one before a mirror and speak the Word, "Thou art stripped of evil," and Power goes forth on your strong tone of voice to save a thousand lives. Be conscious of this. Declare the evil good and say, "Let there be Light." Wait upon the Lord. Pay no attention to the past. Just know that good is coming in the future. – Edna Lister, November 30, 1967.

God will conquer, as long as He has righteous men and women standing, holding and knowing the truth. All evil must be lifted. Do not picture the carnage on battlefields except as the destruction of evil to release the force piled up on the "good" but lukewarm Christians for about two billion years' worth of spiritual debt. Everyone does this at night. – Edna Lister, January 9, 1968.

The withering of the fig tree (Matthew 21, Mark 11) illustrates the shrinking and dissolving of the evil coating on the life sparks. – Edna Lister, May 11, 1970.

Expand the atoms of your body for balance and steadfastness. Declare, "Thank You Father that You have moved in now and have possessed all evil. Thank You that evil knows it not but has become the builder of good. Fill each soul and o'ershadow the body-sheaths still on earth to fulfill this Armageddon. Let all earth be possessed by the Light, by the glory. Let every country be filled with glory, so the new Magna Carta of love shall prevail quickly." – Edna Lister, October 22, 1970.

Every good word you have spoken cleanses, and every word you will speak cleanses the evil still polluting earth. – Edna Lister, October 25, 1970.

No outside evil can enter unless you allow it. See, hear, and speak no evil. – Edna Lister, November 9, 1970.

When you mingle with a lesser vibration, your higher vibration will lift evil. – Edna Lister, Faith Complete Now, November 15, 1970.

When we accept, become law, and allow no evil to enter, evil shall not be! – Edna Lister, January 24, 1971.

Let no thoughts of evil or the outer come near you, and extend no line to darkness. – Edna Lister, February 14, 1971.

Deliberately to do any evil of self, causes an explosion of self. – Edna Lister, April 15, 1971.

Lift headlines and news stories, and declare the Holy Spirit is absorbing them to lift evil from earth. – Edna Lister, The High Altar, May 23, 1971.

Evil attracts evil. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

Darkness always overplays its hand. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Treatments for Healing the Effects of Evil

When you hear of forest fires or other fires of destruction, declare that God makes it a funeral pyre to place evil thereon for consuming. – Edna Lister, March 29, 1950.

Your attitude toward evil must be, "You cannot do this. Light fills you. You are a perfect daughter/son of Light, with no evil, no darkness. No power of darkness is in you. You haven't the power of a grasshopper for evil. You have not the power to wither a fig tree!" Even if they have rolled in the filth, say, "There is no power in evil." – Edna Lister, June 23, 1951.

"Resist not evil" – Matthew 5:39 means to agree with your adversary quickly. It is the law of nonresistance. You call it good and make your stand on principle. You can stand in the middle of the room, gird your loins, take a deep breath and say, "You are good." It leaves the enemy speechless.

Stand with arms folded, take a deep breath to draw magnetic currents from your feet and fold up around you like a lotus bud. Don't do this to dominate another; it acts like a boomerang. Use it as a matter of principle and only to save another. Power rides down the etheric currents to meet the magnetic currents at the solar plexus and Light explodes in your aura. – Edna Lister, July 27, 1951.

You can recognize evil as "darkness." You need not see it, just feel it coming. Immediately say, "Take this, Father," for protection. Lift the evil when you feel it, before you see it. – Edna Lister, October 23, 1952.

Put a magnetic wall around cities, states and the nation to save them from evil propaganda and infiltration. Declare that nothing with evil intent can cross this magnetic line of Light. Speak the Word and the Father does the work. If you leave an opening, the magnetic wall of Light will not hold. These magnetic walls are at least 100 feet thick and 40,000 feet high. – Edna Lister, November 28, 1952.

For criminals and evil doers: Hold them up for God to surround them in Light and to take them where they will pay their debts. "Here they are, Father, on a cloud of Light. I know that You cover them." – Edna Lister, January 12, 1956.

When you receive a new name for prayer, you receive all the force evil associated with it, and are responsible for lifting the evil immediately to relieve the other person. "Here it is Father. Receive this thy Daughter/Son. Let the Power heal her/his body," etc. Always declare that all evil comes to the surface as the Power moves forth, then say, "Let it be lifted by Your Light." Your Guards will then release more Power. – Edna Lister, February 20, 1957.

Place wings of Light over and under evil ones. This cuts them off from the forces of Belial, the Father of Lies, and leaves them open to the Light of God. – Edna Lister, November 11, 1957.

Do not ignore evil. Lift it from a person with your hands. Put a platform of Light under everybody who speaks evil, destructive words. – Edna Lister, Soul Integration, December 15, 1957.

There is only one way to release earth: Enough of the Elect must love evil back into Light. We cannot look upon evil and not admit it. We are not ignorant. We have knowledge of good and evil, light and darkness. After recognizing evil, say, "You shall turn to good, to the Light." – Edna Lister, December 19, 1957.

Declare shafts of fire around and in the building before entering an evil situation, such as an office where evil is. Lift each individual in it; see them canopied with Light. God cannot permeate evil. Therefore, declare the evil is good and the door opens for God to enter. – Edna Lister, January 21, 1958.

You must let God's comprehension so possess you that you may know the evil behind each thing, so that you may see through it clearly as a window when darkness broods, and you may say, "Be absorbed!" – Edna Lister, March 6, 1958.

Declare all evil good so God can make it so. – Edna Lister, April 28, 1958.

Technique of the Secret of Eternal Youth of the Creators: Pull up the magnetic currents while pulling in the abdominal muscles. This forms a definite sheath of magnetic currents — impervious to vibrations produced by evil on the earth — over the diaphragm. Put up your hands and ask for Light to move in and go forth.

Inhale and declare, "Let there be Light." This is also the method of treatment to open spiritual seeing and hearing and to eliminate illness. You can declare this for others: "Let this magnetic current reach out and sheath them from cross-vibrations and the darts of evil, wickedness or the world." – Edna Lister, June 18, 1959.

Whenever you see evil, instantly reach up and let Light go forth; arms up and declare it good, no matter how it looks. Something marvelous happens. A "bomb of Light" explodes over it that moment. If you immediately look up and do not dwell on the evil, miracles happen. – Edna Lister, February 4, 1960.

Do not stop to declare the evil ones healed, but declare this of God, "God's Power moves through you, (Name), to destroy evil." – Edna Lister, May 23, 1960.

The words you speak to release Power over evil must include those that cause it to surface in the outer — "Evil must come to Light. Let it come to the Light now." – Edna Lister, October 11, 1960.

Just ask for Light to permeate the clouds of darkness about you and lift them. Become the instrument and say, "Let these clouds be lifted." God wants us to be agents of His Light. Get up and stand as a pillar of Light, not merely to call God's attention to the mess. Name the people, places, and situations where Light must permeate. "Let the Light go forth through me to this evil place. Please use me, Father." Go to the Source and do this; then see the shaft of fire going through the heart of the U.N., for example: "Let the truth of every organization be revealed in the Light." – Edna Lister, February 4, 1960.

"In the name of Jesus the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, let the evil ones move into the Light and be counted. Let them move forth and declare themselves. In the name of the Lord Jesus the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, their words will declare what they are, all over the world. God hath spoken, the Light hath come and the Armageddon is finished on the inner." Make no mistake, there is more evil, more treachery, it will look at times as though the world were gone. – Edna Lister, March 28, 1962.

When confronted with evil, say, "In the name of Jesus the Christ, show your colors!" It will disappear. – Edna Lister, August 9, 1962.

Put an evil one before a mirror and in a strong voice say, "Thou art stripped of evil," and Power goes forth and saves a thousand lives. Be conscious of this. – Edna Lister, November 30, 1962.

Put an evil one before a mirror and say, "Name, thou art stripped of evil," and Power will go forth on your strong voice to save a thousand lives. Be conscious of this. Look at evil and declare, "This is good. Let there be Light." Wait upon the Lord. Speak the Word, and pay no attention to the past. Instead, know the glory that is coming in the future. – Edna Lister, November 30, 1967.

Declare, "This is Light! How beautiful you are" to evil. – Edna Lister, November 3, 1970.

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New Testament on Evil

Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatever is more than these cometh of evil. – Matthew 5:37.

Resist not evil, but whoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. – Matthew 5:39.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. – Matthew 6:34.

Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. – Matthew 12:33-35.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. – John 3:20-21.

Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. – John 12:35.

Abstain from all appearance of evil. – 1 Thessalonians 5:22.

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Old Testament on Evil

And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. – Genesis 8:21-22.

Cause and effect: Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. – Psalm 7:9-16.

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted. – Psalm 12:8.

Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved. – Psalm 15.

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. – Psalm 34:13-14.

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. – Psalm 37:1-2.

Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. – Psalm 37:27-28.

The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. – Psalm 37:27-28.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. – Psalm 91:8-12.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. – Psalm 121:7.

Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah. Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings. The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah. I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord. O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle. Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah. As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them. Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again. Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him. – Psalm 140:1-11.

Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. – Proverbs 1:33.

Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: to deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked. – Proverbs 2:11-14. The wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. – Proverbs 2:22.

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. – Proverbs 3:7.

Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. – Proverbs 3:29.

The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. – Proverbs 3:33.

Ponder your path. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil. – Proverbs 4:26-27.

His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin. – Proverbs 5:22.

A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth; he sows discord. – Proverbs 6:12,15.

Six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren. – Proverbs 6:16-19.

As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death. – Proverbs 11:19.

The wicked will not go unpunished. – Proverbs 11:21.

Trouble will come to him who seeks evil. – Proverbs 11:27.

The evil will bow before the good. – Proverbs 14:19.

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. – Proverbs 15:3.

An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire. – Proverbs 16:27.

A perverse man sows strife; and a whisperer separates the best of friends. – Proverbs 16:28.

An evildoer gives heed to false lips; a liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. – Proverbs 17:4.

Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. – Proverbs 17:13.

He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord. – Proverbs 17:15.

Do not say, "I will recompense evil"; wait for the Lord, and He will save you. – Proverbs 20:22.

A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself. – Proverbs 22:3.

A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished. – Proverbs 27:13.

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. – Proverbs 28:1.

Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them. – Proverbs 28:4.

Evil men do not understand justice. – Proverbs 28:5.

A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, and does not consider that poverty will come upon him. – Proverbs 28:22.

The sentence against an evil work must be executed speedily. – Ecclesiastes 8:11.

God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil. – Ecclesiastes 12:14.

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Evil in Other Sacred Writings

The worshiping of idols not to be named is the beginning, the cause, and the end, of all evil. – Wisdom of Solomon 14:27.

The righteous children of good men did sacrifice secretly, and with one consent made a holy law, that the saints should be like partakers of the same good and evil. – Wisdom of Solomon 18:9.

Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for many are deceived by their own vain opinion; and an evil suspicion overthrows their judgment. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 3:23-24.

Observe opportunity, and beware of evil; be not ashamed when it concerns your soul, for there is a shame that brings sin, and a shame which is glory and grace. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 4:20-21.

Do no evil, so shall no harm come to you. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 7:1.

There can no good come to him who is always occupied in evil, nor to him who gives no alms. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 12:3.

Give to the godly man, and help not a sinner. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 12:4.

The heart of a man changes his countenance, whether it be for good or evil: and a merry heart makes a cheerful countenance. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 13:25.

He who can rule his tongue shall live without strife; and he who hates babbling shall have less evil. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 19:6.

A wicked man hangs down his head sadly; but inwardly is full of deceit, casting down his countenance, and making as if he heard not: where he is not known, he will do thee a mischief before you be aware. If for want of power he is hindered from sinning, yet when he finds opportunity he will do evil. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 19:26-28.

There is a sinner that has good success in evil things; and there is a gain that turns to loss. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 20:9.

Four manners of things appear: good and evil, life and death: but the tongue rules over them continually. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 37:18.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 – 1971
The original Christian Pioneering Mystic,
Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of evil: Old English yfel, "bad, vicious, ill, wicked, extreme moral wickedness." The Anglo‑Saxons used the word evil to mean "bad, cruel, unskillful, defective, or harm, crime, misfortune, disease."

Etymology of dark: Middle English derk, from Old English deorc, "dark, obscure, gloomy; sad, cheerless; sinister, wicked"; "absence of light" is the original meaning.

Evil is an abstract principle.

Evil is a law of being.

Evil is a law of doing.

Choosing evil or darkness is a sin.

But Men Loved Darkness
Rather than Light

The world's light shines, shine as it will,
The world will love its darkness still.
I doubt though when the world's in hell,
It will not love its darkness half so well.
– Richard Crashaw

How Evil Affects the Brain

We live in an era in which we have become accustomed to meeting unprovoked violence at the hands of strangers. Violence, whether experienced physically or in movies or video games, actually alters brain chemistry permanently. Today's youth are brainwashed into believing that watching pornography is "normal" and acceptable when, in fact, doing so bypasses the moral faculty by cutting access to the brain's prefrontal cortex, where moral decisions are processed.


Crashaw, Richard. The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw. William B. Turnbull, editor. London: John Russell Smith, 1858.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.

Webster, Noah. "Evil," Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language. New York: S. Converse, 1828. This work is in the public domain.

Related Topic

See Spiritual Darkness.