The origin of evil
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
‘Stop the world, I want to get off!’ It expresses the one anomaly we do not understand: we live in a world of joy and goodness and yet at the same time a world of evil. A glance at the newspapers immediately brings this reality home. Did a good God create this ‘broken’ world?
The common idea that the world system with its dis-ease, suffering, unrighteousness and death originates from God is wrong. The fact that God is the creator of the heavens and the earth, does not mean that He is the cause of suffering and death. The Bible explains this very early on, in Genesis 3, when the earth had only two inhabitants, Adam and Eve. Adam was given a command not to eat the fruit of a certain tree in the middle of the Garden. There were many other trees from which they could eat freely. The rebellious angel, the devil was allowed to come in the guise of a serpent to give the man and his wife the opportunity to choose for or against God. The devil enticed both Adam and his wife to deliberately break God’s command. The results were disastrous. They were driven from their perfect environment. The earth was cursed with thorns, thistles and diminished fertility. The man/woman relationship became strained and unbalanced. The man would earn a living by hard work and the woman produce children with pain. Sickness, suffering and death became a part of life.
The worst of the curses for mankind was this: God had given Adam the right to administer the affairs of the physical world. Satan usurped this role of ruler over the world system: He questioned God’s demands when he spoke to Eve. She agreed to conspire with him to oppose God. When Adam and Eve submitted to the devil they unwittingly handed their dominion over the earth to the devil. By deception and lies the serpent stole it from them. God allowed it. (Remember that God limited himself not to interfere with man’s free will. This was to give men the opportunity to do all their rebellion and rejecting of God on this side of the grave. This life is a time of ‘probation’ to sift out anyone who could be another ‘Lucifer’ in eternity. If God wanted to, He could have caused all people to obey Him completely. Then there would have been no need for the Bible, or a time of probation. All people would have been perfect, holy robots. That is not what God wants. He created man with a free will to choose to become His children and to love Him by their own decision.)
The character of the devil is the direct opposite of God’s. He is a liar, a murderer and a destroyer. His character became that of the world, and the people in it. The effect of this change in the management of the earth was immediately seen in Genesis chapter four: Cain murdered his brother Abel, because Cain willfully disobeyed God’s directive to approach him through blood (Genesis 3:21). Abel was obedient and sacrificed as God wished, and was killed for it. (This was the origin of hatred of Christ and the church. It is still instigated by the devil.) The devil, who has control over society (1 John 5:19) is the mastermind behind all the evil and tragedies of the world: sickness, murders, jealousy, immorality, wars, abuse of women and children, death, murder, hatred, thefts, et cetera. Next time you hear about a natural catastrophe, remember that the world is in rebellion against the arch rebel, until he is thrown into the lake of fire for ever to be tortured for the miseries he caused.