I am not suggesting that an evil principle works well, or is somehow good.
There is an old joke which goes; "He is the most even tempered person I know. He is always in a bad temper".
We tend to interpret words, or expressions, in the way that we are used to hearing them used. That is how the meaning of words change over time, and that is why a lot of scripture may not mean what it appears to mean.
"Rebut or retract!!!"