An Evil Will Precedes Evil Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

Our first parents fell into open disobedience because already they were secretly corrupted; for the evil act had never been done had not an evil will preceded it. And what is the origin of our evil will but pride? For “pride is the beginning of sin.” (Sirach 10:13)

And what is pride but the craving for undue exaltation? And this is undue exaltation, when the soul abandons Him to whom it ought to cleave as its end, and becomes a kind of end to itself. This happens when it becomes its own satisfaction. And it does so when it falls away from that unchangeable good which ought to satisfy it more than itself. This falling away is spontaneous; for if the will had remained steadfast in the love of that higher and changeless good...” (St. Augustine, The City of God, Book XIV)

The character of the human heart and will is of great importance:

 "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies..."  Matthew 15:19

 In this light, what is resentment but the consent of the will burning with malice and envy for the unlawful taking and possession of what belongs to someone else? When consent of the will takes the form of denying the truth to others, what is this but the lie? What are speech codes, hate crime laws and accusations of homophobia but evil wills offended by truth, reality and human norms? Just as prayer removed from schools is consent of the will to hatred of the God of Revelation so too negation of the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo in favor of evolutionary thinking is consent of the will to hatred of creation.  And what are pedophilia and pederasty but evil wills offended by innocence?

The humble man’s will is in submission to the Triune God. This man strives to live according to God and to be a lover of truth and good. And since he humbly confesses his own sins  and recognizes that evil cuts through the hearts of all men bar none, he does not hate  the man because of his sin, nor does he love the sin as politically correct tolerance requires, but rather he hates the sin and seeks to lead the sinner to God.

But when man rejects the Holy Triune God and lives according to the dictates of his own evil will, “…he is like the devil” said Augustine, for his mind and will are in accord with the evil one:

"By the envy of the devil death came into the world (and) by the envy of the Marxists, the devil's human agents, worldwide slaughter of millions of persons has been executed in the past and is still going on today.  And there is no end in sight."  (The Roots of Violence, Vincent P. Miceli, S.J., p. 85)

he proud man’s will is in submission to self, and whether he knows it or not, to the devil, the spirit of poneros, the father of pride, lies and evil.  In respect of this, Augustine warns us that,

“…in all that we seek or shun, as a man’s will is attracted or repelled, so it is changed and turned into these different affections.”

And so a pathological liar is an evil will hardened by hatred of truth.  The evil will is full of evil intentions and makes use of lies, Big Lies, seduction, false witness, treachery, wiles, audacity, cunning manipulation,  cruel ridicule, scoffing and cynicism to deceive those who seek truth.   

In an interview conducted by Cathleen Falsani with Barack Obama in 2004 when he was running for the US Senate, Obama reveals that he is "the measure of all things," a moral relativist whose will is in accord with self rather than God.  When asked if he believes in heaven, Obama’s will consents to a lie of omission flavored with barely concealed ridicule,

Do I believe in the harps and clouds and wings?”

Falsani tries again, asking do you believe in, “A place spiritually you go to after you die?”

The 'Supreme Ego' glibly responds,

What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be rewarded. I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.”

hen Falsani asks him if he believes in sin his ready answer is “yes.”

But what is your definition of sin?” asked Falsani. 

For one whose will is in submission to self and to the dread spirit who demands that all wills be in alignment with his own, the 'Supreme Ego'  predictably responds,

Being out of alignment with my values..."

Like millions of American moral relativists today, Obama is the center of his own universe, therefore sin is whatever his evil will consents to dislike, hate, resent, be impatient with, envy, or be angered by. Conversely, good is whatever his will consents to covet the enjoyment of, or take pleasure in. It is all about Obama and whatever his will consents to.

It is well known that Obama’s home church in Chicago is led by the atheist socialist Jeremiah Wright, who acts like a god and equates his religion to his own evil will, which is why his messages primarily consist of exhortations to hate, covet, and resent.

It is axiomatic that like attracts like. Evil wills attract evil wills.   Thus Obama’s will is attracted not only by Wright's malice but by a long line of evil intentioned men, including the malcontent Saul Alinsky who dedicated his book, Rules for Radicals, to the devil,

Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”

And what is the origin of our evil will but pride? For ‘pride is the beginning of sin.’ (Augustine)

Love of self (pride, narcissism), a depraved conscience, disordered reasoning and an evil will go together, and as narcissism is at epidemic levels in America, our civilization is being destroyed from within by the evil-willed who increasingly dominate and cruelly manipulate every aspect of our lives. They have attained prominent positions at every level of society and are over-represented in the White House, Congress, Wall Street, Big Pharma, the State Department, Hollywood, the media, education, seminaries, the art and music world, and the judiciary.

And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Pride is the beginning of sin, which is why Christianity clearly teaches that sin is man’s disobedience of God. Because of man’s self-love and evil will, he only has the right to go to Hell, which is why we need a Savior. Our Savior Jesus Christ the Word become Flesh lived a sinless life, was crucified on the Cross for our sins, died, was buried and then rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He prepares a place for us.

C.S. Lewis once said that heaven is for all who say to God, “Thy will be done.” Hell, said Lewis, is for all evil-willed men who say to God, “My will be done.” And so it will be.

@Linda Kimball