Unfortunately, there is no way we can duck this most sacred task. In fact, every time we choose “good” over “evil,” someone has to go to hell for it.
What is not known to either theologians or neuroscientists is that the human mind operates on the same mental plane as those living in the spiritual world. Because of this, we cannot escape having our thoughts and intentions affected by spiritual forces.
Angels attempt to influence us towards good, while evil spirits tempt us to do the opposite. Without these opposing influences the human mind would be incapable of enjoying free will or exercising free choice, which is crucial for subjective personal level experience.
If we merely sit quiet for a moment it will soon become quite apparent that our brains are in a state of constant chatter. This is not just atomic particles or quarks bouncing around willy-nilly in the deepest substrate of our brains. This chatter consists of discernable thoughts and inclinations.
These thoughts and inclinations can seem so odd to us, and so “out of left field,” that we will find ourselves saying “where did that idea come from?”
The answer is that these ideas come to us from the spiritual world. Physicists and theistic scientists call this order of process top-down causality.
Angels and evil spirits alike can walk through the inner landscape of our memory just as one might explore nature on a hike through the woods. Angels draw out good things from our memory and evil spirits draw out our less noble inclinations.
When terrestrial humans find themselves faced with opposing ideas and are forced to make a choice, one’s personal values begin to find their true order in the structure of a belief system or world-view. Every time we choose good over evil, evil loses its power and submits itself to the laws of God’s divine order.
All negative influences come from people who have continued to choose evil when they enter the other world, from a confirmed principle of self-love and hatred towards others. These hurtful individuals are put in their “place” and suppressed when they fail to tempt those still on earth who prefer to live by God’s tenets and spiritual truth.
This “place” is called hell. Hell is not a physical place (there is no time and space in the spiritual realm). Rather, it is a state of mind (which is one’s spiritual reality). For those who eternally enjoy evil, and are deprived of their power to do evil, such a state becomes one’s hell.
Evil does not experience hell unless it comes up against God’s truth. And the evil that infests human minds remains unopposed unless those on earth choose God’s truth.
So those of us still on earth play a cosmic role in helping God and His angels create and maintain spiritual order in the universe through our seeking personal salvation.
Everything in the universe is interconnected. And everything we do has eternal consequences.