Q. Why does evil seem to be so prevalent in the world today, even more so than in the past?
A. Evil has been a part of our world since the Fall of mankind, when Adam and Eve succumbed to the temptations of the devil. Yet, today, many people want to pretend that it does not exist or perhaps that it’s only part of the physical universe and not a spiritual reality.
So, why does there seem to be an increase in diabolical activity? There are a couple of things at work here. First, it’s hard to root out what you claim is not real. Satan is content for people to deny his existence so he can continue to manipulate the truth and destroy lives. And he is not like Tinker Bell who must be believed in to stay alive…
Second, there is a hunger for the spiritual, the mystical, and the world beyond. Many people seeking to experience the supernatural turn to psychics, Wicca, sorcerers, and the like who promise immediate contact with the supernatural realm. Even seemingly harmless things like Ouija boards or tarot cards open the door to demonic activity. This stuff is real and not something to mess around with! Even a curious experiment can have long-lasting consequences. You may indeed experience supernatural activity or beings, but they are not angels of light. Rather, they are demons, rotten through and through, though often disguised – wolves with the appearance of lambs.
Satan has been defeated, but he still prowls the earth like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. This doesn’t mean that we should live in all-consuming fear of him as we can daily invoke the name of Christ, Mary and St. Michael to protect us from his snares. St. John Vianney called the devil a “big, chained up dog that barks really loudly.” In other words, he really can’t hurt us unless we get too close!