The battle is as old as the creation of man in the Biblical creation story, since which man has been eager to "become like God.” That was the lie of the serpent, and we fell for it. The saddest part of the fall is that we were already like God, born as creatures in His image.
The Serpent is a master of division and of striking a wedge between God and His people. The Serpent is envious and jealous, imbued with vices that led to his fall from Heaven. Satan said no to God, just like each of us do when we sin. But the problem for Satan, unlike for us, was that redemption was not possible for him. He made his choices with a knowledge of God far fuller, broader and more intimate than anything within our comprehension. Satan knew the consequences of his choice, and he chose evil; he chose not to serve. He would rather rot in Hell than serve God in ways he felt were beneath his office as such a high being, a being far superior to mere humans.
This all happened before humans were even created. It begs the question: why does God permit such evil? Don't believe for a moment that there isn't one thing that happens in this universe that is not allowed or permitted by our God. He has complete control over everything. He is also all-knowing, so he understands what our choices will be, and He still allows and permits these evils to happen. He does not cause them, we cause them. Those of us who wonder why God allows the evil that exists in this world should really be wondering why human beings perpetrate such evils in this world to each other and directly and intentionally against God.
I think the answer lies in the very response we see from Satan to the service of God -- some of us just aren't willing to serve. So many of us don't even realize the degree of our dismissal of God, and unlike the Angels, we probably deny and don't fully comprehend the consequences of our actions. Indeed, there will be consequences., and for some of us who reject God, those consequences will not be good. But since so many of us lead lives that lack goodness, it is what justice will require.
Christ loves justice, but He loves mercy even more, and mercy is available to all of us until our final breath. The problem is that for so many, being immersed in evil for lifetimes makes that repentance almost impossible. You must be able to recognize God, to offer Him repentance. You must believe in goodness and not evil, and some of us have been so deceived that it becomes difficult, but not impossible. God sends none of us to Hell, we choose Hell for ourselves.
Evil is Satan's creation, and some of us are more than happy to go along with him for the ride. Satan hates God, and so he suffices to lead as many of those God loves away from Him. So many of us willingly follow evil; we may do so with the best of intentions, but they are still wrong and sinful intentions that lead to our peril. We can't fend ignorance, because we all possess the gifts of reason and intellect, and we have a responsibility to learn and grow in our knowledge of our Faith. The catechism comes right out and declares that our purpose is to know and serve God in this life so we can be with Him forever in the next. If we deny and dismiss everything Christ has left us to secure that knowledge and relationship, that is a choice we make, choosing ourselves and our own declarations and dogmas instead of the dogmas and declarations of Christ through His Catholic Church.
This choice is even more evil than the atrocities perpetuated against human beings since the beginning of time, because it's an affront against the Almighty God. Those who pretend to be ministers of Christ, and who have the authority to do so, while denying and rejecting this knowledge and declaration, I can't help believe will meet a more dismal and severe fate than others. So whoa to those teachers and clergy who embrace lies and Satan, no matter what their intentions. Good intentions pave the road to hell, and the floor of hell is paved with the skulls of Bishops.
This election is a pivotal point for many of us as Catholics and Christians. It is a test to where our loyalty lies -- is it with God or Satan? Will we choose evil or goodness? Sometimes it take a lot of hard work and research to discover the difference between goodness and evil, and oftentimes our own pride and arrogance get in the way of truth and righteousness. That is why we must recognize pride as the chief among all the other vices, and work to humble ourselves and accept service to the Lord, instead of reigning in a world of darkness without him.
Choose carefully this November but choose carefully every day. God wants us to love Him with our hearts, souls and strength, but that love for God is a choice. That choice is reflected with how we live these lives on Earth. We choose, and we are able to choose wrongly multiple times, as long as in the end we repent sincerely and seek His face. Bad choices definitely make this more difficult, maybe to a certain degree almost impossible. So, start now, if you have chosen the school of Satan, it's not too late, and we have a most wonderful test coming to us in November which surely indicates who we serve, and what intentional road we are following. Don't forget that sometimes appearances are deceptive, and past sins and the people who commit them can repent and be saved, and we are not privy to what lies in the heart.
The Bishops are not making it easy on us. Many of them are wolves in sheep's clothing and their mission is to lead us astray and down the wide path. There is a very serious, Satanic and Marxist agenda fighting for ownership of our lives and our freedoms, and with it will come an attack on our Faith and ability practice that Faith, the lines have been drawn and many "Catholics" are heading in a very perilous direction. If we look closely, we can see the preparations for these agendas right now. If those in the darkness vote this tyranny into outlives, those sins will have consequences for us all, as all sin does. So, be vigilant and watchful, because the enemy doesn't always prowl like a lion, sometimes he cloaks himself so those who strive to live for themselves and ignore the cross are hidden and instead appear and are presented as "devout Catholics". It is our job to unveil these masks, understand what a truly devout Catholic really is, and then act accordingly, for the good and welfare of all.