By Douglas L. Duncan, December 15, 2018
“The perplexing concept of evil eternally pleads the mind of God.”
– Douglas L. Duncan
If you have ever asked yourself any variation of the question, “Might there be a single source where the whole of evil came from, and if it is indeed a source at all, then what is it?”, both a belief in that which is unseen, coupled with sound deductive reasoning, will eventually whisper back, that what we are inquiring about is obviously some intangible, yet seemingly created thing, and such a powerful and ethereal type emergence as this evil surely is, it could only have originated from an even more powerful… indeed, totally omniscient and omnipotent Creative force.
Fortunately for us, this magnificently divine Entity came with a Manual, when if referred to, pretty clearly explains that this is indeed the source as well as the case for the origin of evil, and by studying ancient scripture, and discerning what they mean for our reality and temporal existence, we can arrive at a clearer understanding of why evil has been woven into the whole of humanity since the Garden of Eden.
First of all, evil is not a tangible thing. It is a manifesting, multi-faceted, cerebral process, which is unceasingly meted out with exacting purpose, yet always subject to termination at any point that the Creator chooses to end its existence and free humanity from its cruel vice-like grip. To get a child-like layman’s grasp on the reason for evil upon this earth, try thinking of it as a life sentence for all of us, in a federal prison that encompasses the entire planet, and you will begin to have a reasonable picture of what is really happening here. We are all guilty by association of the first sin, and evil is the iron bars of the holding cell that surrounds us, with thorns growing up from the floor.
Our sufferings on this earth, are both permissible and inescapable. They are the unrelenting judgment that was passed upon man from the time of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. It is utter foolishness to ask the atheist’s famous question, “If God exists, why does He allow bad things to happen?” They are supposed to happen because this temporal existence is a life sentence in the prison library, wherein we are supposed to be studying to get our diploma in General Studies 101, and through faith, an eventual pardon. We are all living in a fallen state, abounding with evil, and it is not meant to be a joy ride, totally free of consequences. We were born into sin and suffering, and we will die with it stuck to the bottom of our walking shoes.
The initial, manifestation of God’s awareness of evil, was the endowing of an abundance of pride, combined with free will like that of humans, in His creation of the most beautiful of all the angels. There are no detailed physical attributes recorded in the bible of this being, but he certainly was not red with pointed ears, horns, and a forked tail, and by logical association of him being synonymous with music, it is also doubtful he is a towering, snake-eyed, hulk-muscled beast. No, this lovable, pretty boy Robert Redford doppelganger, He singled out, and named Lucifer, or as he became affectionately known, ‘The Bright (helel) Morning Star’. He was in turn, given a distinguished position of authority as Heaven’s tremendously gifted choir director.
The ancient written records strongly imply, he is a master music composer and a superior orator, not a fighting angel like Gabriel or Michael. He has the gift of mental prowess and cunning manipulation, and once his pride over these attributes set in, and he began aspiring to the same status as God, God expelled him just as He knew He would be doing, along with all his faithful followers, who roughly totaled one-third of Heaven, and who we now refer to as demons, straight down here, of all the places in the universe, to our tiny earth, thus placing the epitome of evil on this very planet, for untold eons before creating us.
Of ‘Helel’ the bright one who stood behind the King of Tyre.
12 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you… Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. 14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.
12 How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
Whether it was Lucifer himself or perhaps a comrade even more menacing than him, that appeared as a serpent-like entity in the tree of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil (come on, seriously… an apple?), growing in the garden of Eden, the fact remains, that they were already waiting in the shadows for homosapien’s arrival, and God knew that all too well. It cannot be denied, because He is the one setting everything in motion, from the point where He says, “Let there be light!”
Either we say God is in control, or we say He is not. The truth is, He was certainly powerful enough to have just as easily sent Lucifer and his horde all the way out to Pluto or another Galaxy altogether, but instead He purposely put us both together on the same rock. So why did the fallen angels need to be on this planet only to interferingly cohabit with us? Well, that becomes pretty obvious at this point. They are here to serve His purpose as an intrinsic and necessary half of the yin–yang free will concept given specifically to homosapien. Are we to suppose that the omniscient Creator had no clue what Lucifer would do right from man’s start? If you think He was in the dark about it, I am afraid you have the wrong, and not so all knowing god.
In order to implant evil in man’s thoughts, all God had to do was place a single element in his path, which in this case was a unique tree in the garden, whos intoxicating fruit, when eaten, brings the yin and yang together, and opens the mind to corruption, like the lid on Pandora’s box,
This is uncannily similar to the old story of the grandfather placing his wallet on the table in front of his five-year-old grandchild and saying, “I have to leave the room for a minute, but I’ll be right back, so don’t you dare touch this wallet!” No sooner does he get out of sight, and peek around the corner, than the child has completely dragged everything in the wallet out, and onto the floor. Had God not purposely executed this very same scenario whereby man inevitably falls, and then is forced to seek God out, He would have just ended up with more angels, who were weaker than the original ones, that already knew Him. The entire human project would have been analogous to a soft, half-made clay jar being spun on the potter’s wheel, that suddenly goes off kilter and collapses back into a distorted heap of grey mud.
The Origin of Evil
Nothing exists that was not wrought by God, and unrelenting cogitative evil exists and resides in the minds of Satan and man.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
As stated earlier, evil is a concept in the mind, and it is a concept that was first in God’s mind, not a tangible thing related to the laws of physics. You cannot see, touch, feel, smell or hear evil. It is not one of the fundamental forces of nature, nor does it consist of matter, energy, or the spatial dimensions of the universe, and it continues until terminated. Yet evil does reside. It takes up residence in the minds of both humans and fallen angels.
It is an unseen and extremely powerful force, which plays a pivotal role in bringing souls to a position of having to seek God for solace, and its consequence also includes a prolonged, agonizing stay of execution for Lucifer and his fallen company. This is understandably making them all the more vengeful to the bitter end. These angels were all created in the very presence of God, and because of this, there are none in need of discovering Him, nor are they created with the unique creative thinking ability we have been specially endowed with, and that God was needing, to ultimately commune with Him on His own personal level. In all of this, we are above the angels, and it is written, they serve us. Basically, we are the one-of-a-kind product of the Creator’s words, “Let us make man, in our own image”, not the image of angels, and definitely not the same mental capacity. God knows that pain and suffering make us who we are. It is just as the fictional Star Trek character, Captain Kirk said,
“Damn it, Bones, you’re a doctor. You know that pain and guilt can’t be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They’re the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don’t want my pain taken away. I need my pain.”
God actually proclaims He is the original holder of the concept of evil, and there are several revealing passages within the Old Testament, which Christians try hard to avoid or scratch their heads in confusion, and those who do give them attention, immediately feel the need to explain it away, for the simple reason that they cannot fathom a benevolent Creator, being the author of such a seemingly negative concept. Being the conceptual author and being the perpetrator thereof, is two entirely different things.
I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I, the Lord, do all these things.
Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not evil and good?
Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?
These are God’s words through His ancient prophets, so arguing it should prove easy since they are dust. Evil exists because God saw the necessity to take it from awareness to implementation, regardless of the inadequacy of human comprehension. Evil didn’t just walk around the corner of the garage one day, and say, “Hey, has anybody seen Lucifer around here lately?” In juxtaposition to God’s ability to go from drawing board to structure with His voice, Lucifer is powerless to create anything. His only expertise is manipulation and that, like his music, is nothing more than variations on a theme.
“All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”
Evil went from concept to practice long before we got here, so it appears to me, you have to ask yourself this question. “Am I going to accept this above scribbling by the apostle John as truth, or rip out this part because it is utterly ridiculous and unacceptable.
“Well are you punk?”
Evil Truly Exists
Yes, but not without true purpose. Think about the definition of the word omniscience. Do we suppose that God, in His omniscience, was ever clueless that Lucifer would wail against Him, thus manifesting what was previously only an awareness in His mind? It is the element of evil that ultimately causes us to seek His face, whereas with angels who know Him, there is no positive benefit to it whatsoever. God didn’t want more angels. What He has always wanted is family that can attain closer to his level of understanding, and share creative thinking with Him, and subsequently, genuine love on a personal level. We were specially created with the extra capacity to achieve total sentience. Angels are clearly not capable of this, or we simply would not be here, with them written to be watching over us.
Apostle John, the Revelator wrote that one day in a far distant future, God plans to free Lucifer from his chains to once again roam helter-skelter, up and down, and to and fro in the earth, after Christ has reigned on earth for a peaceful one thousand years, which translates to intent to use evil one more time.
“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison…”
Only after that shall God finally return evil to a mere concept in His mind. It is doubtless unwise to argue the point of evil with God. It is His favorite Craftsman multi-purpose tool for bringing man to his knees, and without it, there is no hope of a higher attainment. I suggest you pull yourself up by your bootstraps, put your hard hat on and go with it.
By Douglas L. Duncan
Further Reading: A Good Reason for Evil.