“Wait a minute. God is saying in this parable that both the good and the evil have to grow together in this world. You mean that God is allowing the evil to exist in this earth?”
“Exactly. You must realize that God is the One who created evil in the first place. He says through Isaiah point blank, ‘I create evil.’
“But why would He do that?”
“Go back to the parable. ‘Let both grow together until the time of the harvest.’ The children of God grow along side the children of the evil one. In fact, He said that if you were to get rid of the evil prematurely, then the growth of the children of God would be halted. They would be ‘rooted up.’ It’s a paradox, it seems, but we need the evil out there in the world in order to facilitate our own maturing process.”
“Surely not,” I said. I could not believe what I was hearing. We need the evil in order to grow in God?
“Oh, but it is true. Remember what He said: ‘My ways are not your ways; my thoughts are not your thoughts.’”
“If I were God, I would just get rid of the evil ones, along with the suffering and pain and misery.”
“But we are not God, and this profound mystery of evil persists, and we ponder it, and we deal with the evil in our own personal lives, and this is what helps us mature and grow in God. His Spirit within us grows as we overcome the things that the devil and his evil intentions throw our way. This is why there is evil out here in the world. And on a worldwide scale, this is why we have ‘children of the wicked one’ growing more powerful each day.”
“So Christ is talking about literal people walking around on the earth whose father is the devil?” I asked. The words sounded unreal and other-worldly and frankly, a bit hokey.
“Let me ask you a question. Do you believe that there are children of God literally walking around the earth right now?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Then is it a stretch to believe that there are children of the wicked one doing the same thing?”
“No, I guess not? Well, who are the devil’s children?” I asked.
“They are not grotesque monsters that you find in the movies. They are the leaders of the people. In Christ’s day they were the Pharisees and the Sadducees, the members of the Sanhedrin council, the spiritual leaders of the people. They were rich and high up on the social ladder in Judea. Remember what the apostle Paul said that Satan would transform himself into angels of light. They come in God’s name, but their hearts are far from the true God.”
“How do you know that?” I asked the Seer.
“Because Christ called them out.” The Seer turned to the gospel of John and began to read. “‘You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him…He that is of God hears God’s words: you therefore hear them not, because you are not of God. Then answered the Jews, and said unto Him, Say we not well that you are a Samaritan and have a devil?’ (8: 44-48). Christ says here that the religious leaders of the Jews have a father, who is the devil. And that they are doing what their father the devil desires for them to do. The devil was a murderer from the beginning, and his children, the high priests and Pharisees and Sadducees had Christ crucified. They tried to kill Him many times before the Crucifixion, but He would slip out of their traps, for His ‘hour was not yet come.’(John 8: 20). Christ told them, ‘But now you seek to kill me,’ and ‘You do the deeds of your father’ (8: 40-41).”
“He really let them have it.”
“They were the leaders of the people. They wore the long robes of the day and claimed to know God, but they were the children of the devil and were doing his bidding every step of the way. We are talking about the high priest and his followers, who were in collusion with the Romans, the central political power in control at that time. Isaiah said, ‘For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed’ (9: 16). And so it is today. Paul said, ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms’ (Eph 6: 12). The devil is that spiritual force of evil in this world, and he has taken up residence in the ‘rulers of the darkness of this world’ system. It is our task to search it all out and find out who is our real enemy in this world, who really has the power in this world system. Then the mystery of iniquity will be solved. Then we will know who the tares in the field really are.”