Daar word op die oomblik in die kerk meer gepraat oor self-ontplooiing as oor self-opoffering.-Anon.......As ‘n kerk haar woorde begin devalueer, dan word die kerk ‘n ramp vir die volk. - K Schilder

2/02/2010

WHERE DOES EVIL COME FROM?

If we accept that evil exists (and obviously we do), then the next logical question is: Where does evil come from?

As stated earlier, one can go about this either philosophically or theologically. Philosophically the argument is normally stated in this way:

- God is almighty, in creating and controling everything
- God is all-loving and good, hating sin and all things evil
- Evil exists

You see the problem the philosopher has. Some have adopted this philosophy into their theology. In an effort to solve the inconsistency, one or more of the statements must be amended.

There can be only four solutions to the problem:

1. Disregard the whole argument - God doesn't exist.
2. Amend the third statement - evil doesn't exist or is just an illusion, or is actually
misunderstood, what is evil is for the greater good. "The ends justify the means,
you cannot make an omelet without breaking some eggs." Try selling that as a
comforting line to those who suffer because of evil.
3. Amend the first statement: God is the most powerful, but not all-powerful. Even He just does not have enough power to eradicate evil. This is called finite Godism.
4. If you don't like that approach, amend the second statement. God is very good, but not all-good. He sometimes permits or even uses evil for reasons unknown to us.

So much for the philosophical approach. The fact is that these approaches are not acceptable to christians for at least two reasons: It does not reflect what the Bible says about God - that He is al-powerful and all-loving and it does not reflect all the roleplayers who do evil as they are portrayed in the Bible, as it disregards the role satan plays entirely.

In Bible times your name reflected your character. In the Bible both God and satan have many names. Here they are:

The names of God, restricted to reflecting His involvement with us

Advocate - 1 John 2:1
Author and Perfecter of our Faith - Hebrews 12:2
Bread of Life - John 6:35,48
Bridegroom - Matthew 9:15
Christ - Matthew 1:16
Comforter - Jeremiah 8:18
Deliverer - Romans 11:26
Emmanuel - Matthew 1:23
Everlasting Father - Isaiah 9:6
Faithful and True Witness - Revelation 3:14
Friend of Sinners - Matthew 11:19
Good Shepherd - John 10:11
Guide - Psalm 48:14
High Priest - Hebrews 3:1
Jehovah - Psalm 83:18
Jesus - Matthew 1:21
Life - John 11:25
Light of the World - John 8:12; John 9:5
Master - Matthew 23:8
Mediator - 1 Timothy 2:5
Messiah - John 1:41
Passover Lamb - 1 Corinthians 5:7
Physician - Matthew 9:12
Prince of Peace - Isaiah 9:6
Prophet - Acts 3:22
Purifier - Malachi 3:3
Rabbi - John 1:49
Ransom - 1 Timothy 2:6
Redeemer - Isaiah 41:14
Refiner - Malachi 3:2
Refuge - Isaiah 25:4
Resurrection - John 11:25
Righteousness - Jeremiah 23:6
Sacrifice - Ephesians 5:2
Savior - 2 Samuel 22:47; Luke 1:47
Servant - Isaiah 42:1
Teacher - Matthew 26:18
Truth - John 14:6
Wonderful Counselor - Isaiah 9:6

Does that sound to you like someone that would perpetuate evil against creation and mankind?

The names of satan and his and his demons' actions
Accuser of the Brethern (Rev. 12:10
Adversary (1 Pet.5:8
Beelzebub (Mat. 12:24) “lord of the flies” carrying the idea of “lord of filth.”
Devil (Mat. 4:1). “adversary” & “slanderer”
Enemy (Mat. 13:39) from a root meaning “hatred”
Evil one. (1 John 5:19) opposer of all that is good and promoter of all that is evil.
Father of lies (John 8:44)…
Murderer. (John 8:44)
God of this age (2 Cor. 4:4)
Prince of this world, (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11).
Roaring lion. (1 Pet.5:8,9).
Serpent. (Gen. 3:1; Rev. 12:9).

Satan and his demons' actions
Fallen angels among unbelievers
Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers to the truth of the gospel (2 Cor. 4:4).

Satan slso seeks to snatch the word of God from the hearts of unbelievers when they hear it. (Luke 8:12).
Demons, under satan’s lead, seek to dissiminate false doctrine (1 Tim. 4:1).
Demons wield influence over false prophets (1 John 4:1-4)
Demons seek to turn men to the worship of idols (see Lev. 17:7; Deut. 32:17; Ps. 106:36-38). In short, fallen angels do all they can to spread spiritual deception.
Demons inflict physical diseases on people (such as dumbness, Mat. 9: 33; blindness Mat. 12:22 and epilepsy (Mat. 17:15-18). (p.114).
Demons afflict people with mental disorders (Mark 5:4,5, 9:22; Luke 8:27 – 29; 9:37 – 42)
Demons cause people to be self-destructive (Mark 5:5; Luke 9:42)
Demons are responsible for the deaths of some people (Rev. 9:14 – 19)


Fallen angels amongh believers
Fallen angels are also very active causing suffering among believers in various ways:
- Satan tempts believers to sin (Eph.2:1 – 3; 1 Thess. 3:5)
- Satan tempts believers to lie (Acts 5:3)
- Satan tempts believers to commit sexually immoral acts (1 Cor. 7:5)
- Satan accuses and slanders beliervers (Rev. 12:10)
- Satan hinders the work of believers in any way he can (1 Thes. 2:18)
- Satan and demons seek to wage war against and defeat beleivers (Eph. 6:11,12) (p.115)
- Satan sows tares among believers (Mat. 13:38,39)
- Satan incites persecution against believers (Rev. 2:10)
- Demons hinder answers to the prayers of believers (Dan.10:12 – 20)
- Satan opposes christians with the ferociousness of a hungry lion (1 Pet. 5:8)
- Satan plants doubt in the minds of believers (Gen. 3:1 – 5)
- Satan fosters spiritual pride in the hearts of christains (1 Tim. 3:6)
- Satan leads believers away from :”sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3)
- Demons instigate jealousy and faction among believers (James 3:13 – 16)
- Demons would separate the believers from Christ if they could (Rom. 8:38)
- Demons work with satan against believers (Mat. 25:41; Eph. 612; Rev. 12:7 – 12) (p.115)

"Whom the devil cannot deceive, he tries to destroy, and whom he cannot destroy, he attempts to deceive." (Rhodes, R. 2004. Why do bad things happen if God is good?. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene Oregon, p. 109 - 111; 113 - 115)

Does that sound to you like someone that would perpetuate evil against creation and mankind?

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