Everyone loves good triumphing over evil…

This afternoon after church, we went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part two. I was excited for the new installment (and final one at that) of the Harry Potter sequel to come out, and it didn’t disappoint. Of course, it wasn’t 100% true to the book, but nonetheless it was a great film.

Though it got me thinking… why does everyone love good triumphing over evil? And more importantly, why do our most loved stories contain this core plot? Why are people inspired to write the same story in different guises?

I would contend that it is the deep, spiritual souls of humans that tap into this most vital morality; the spiritual soul that comes from God himself.

I’m certain that evolution and science don’t give you morality, they certainly don’t teach you ethics. Morality is ingrained in you from before birth. And I believe it’s all part of the spiritual beings that God has made us to be.

And, let’s be honest. God would know all about good overcoming evil. Yes. It was just over 2000 years ago that the Saviour of the World came to defeat the epitome of evil; sin, death and the devil. And he won. And the world rejoices.

And Sundays are about celebrating that age-old story; a true story, for Christians at least. That good overcame evil. And that it is everything good that will endure. So because of that, I think today has been a good day. I went to church and worshipped the God who overcame. And then I saw Harry Potter; and it reinforced that the battle between good and evil has been won. Forever.

Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • Gribble the Munchkin

    I’d agree that we do indeed love ripping yarns of good vanquishing evil. And that those of us who aren’t psychopaths do not appreciate evil and like goodness.

    I will of course disagree about why. I’ll also disagree that evolution doesn’t have anything to do with it.

    I dislike evil. Evil does horrible things to people (this is what makes it evil). I am people, and i don’t like horrible things being done to me. Therefore i hate evil.

    I dislike muggers because i dislike the idea that i might be mugged, Likewise for murderers and rapists, neither of whom i would like to murder or rape me. Tolerating murders or rapists is tantamount to tolerating murder or rape, therefore we don’t.

    In an evolutionary sense its easy to see how this might occur. Imagine a bunch of monkeys sitting around. Evil monkey steals fruit off other more community minded monkeys who go hungry that evening. After evil monkey does it enough, the hungry monkeys kill him or drive him off to stop him doing it again. Evil monkey cannot therefore have any children (thereby passing on his evil genes) while the more community spirited monkeys do have children and do pass on their community spirited genes. Good monkey genes thereby come to dominate the genepool.

    Of course genetics and evolution are far more complex than that but thats the basics of how morality can come to be genetically predisposed. Essentially community spirited creatures can accomplish more than selfish ones and hence survive to have more children and thus dominate future genepools at the expense of selfish creatures.