By Ryan O’Farrell, Psy.D.
While we tend to instinctively view the history of the world as one of progress, the apostle Paul uses very different language to describe the time we live in. In Ephesians 5:15-16, he says that we need to live wisely, making the most of the time, “Because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16, ESV). This sentiment is echoed in Galatians where Paul says, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen,” (Gal. 1:3-5, ESV, emphasis added). Though many of us may bemoan the present state of affairs in the world, in general, most of us do not reflexively think of the times we live in as being, by nature, “Evil.” In fact, in the midst of constant medical, scientific, and other technological advances, we tend to assume that we live in a time of progress. And yet the fact remains that for Paul, the days are evil.Read More