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The Origin of Evil
Thomas Lee Abshier, ND
2/13/2011


One of the biggest question I have about my theory, at least on the metaphysical and theological level, is the issue of God as the author of evil vs. God as separate from all evil.

 

The following verses give reasonably unambiguous declarations that God in fact created the evil we see.  

 

Col 1:15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
17  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
18  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
19  For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
20  and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

 

Isaiah 45: 5  I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
6  That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

 

For me, this is a troubling theological perspective, since I believe the character of the Godhead is totally antithetical to evil.  Thus, the concept of Father, Son, or Spirit creating evil seems out of character.  But, somehow evil had to arrive in the creation.  Thus, I derived the following narrative that includes the declarations of scripture.

 

There is strong scriptural validation to the theory that God is totally pure:

1) There is none good but the Father

2) There is no shadow of turning in Him.

 

In this theory, I propose that God the Father overcame the evil of the pre-creation universe, and became pure, totally good.  He then created the Son, begat the Son, spoke Him into existence, dreamed and separated His own consciousness, and God the Son came into being.  

 

The Son was begotten to be separate from the Father, so that the spirits of evil could be created in the creation.  The Father could not have done this since He can only create goodness.  Thus the Son was tasked with creating the Principalities and Powers referred to in Colossians 1:16.  Thus, God the Son created both good and the evil spirits/principalities/powers.  The Son created the spirits of goodness that speak to us and encourage us to righteousness.  He also created the spirits of Evil, the ones that tempt us to move against the Law and way of God.

 

According to the strong and unambiguous Biblical declaration of John 1, the Son has created all things.  The question is why did God choose to create the universe through a surrogate, rather than Himself.  This can be easily understood as necessary if we frame the Father’s attainment of Godhood as a perfect rejection of evil in the pre-creation universe.  In other words, the Father was able to become God because He became perfect.  This hypothesis implies a pre-creation environment where good and evil battle for dominance.  And while there is no Biblical proof of such a progression, likewise, there is no contradiction either.

 

Romans 8:18  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19  For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
20  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
21  because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22  For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
23  Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
24  For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?

 

It appears that when God the Son made everything initially it was all good.  But, on the 6th day He created evil.  Everything until that point was good, but He did not say that it was good on the 6th day.  The earth/creation was probably not subject to the evil of the Principalities and Powers (created by the Son) until the Adam and Eve rebelled against God, and their eyes were opened to be able to see both Good and Evil.  From this point on the creation groans for the revealing of the sons of God.  Men are gods, created in the likeness of God, to be fitting companions of Him, but without the wisdom, knowledge, or discrimination to be able to rightly judge good and evil, and thus are continually seduced by evil, and the resultant bad consequences in life, and subject to death, the ultimate consequence for all errors (anything other than the perfection of God).  Men are not fit to be companions of God the Father unless they are perfect, (be ye perfect as He is perfect, Matthew 5:48).  God created the Law to apply to God, men, and the spiritual realm.  The entire creation must follow His immutable spiritual Law that governs the creation and spirit realm.  The Law is what gives the creation and the drama of life meaning.  The Law cannot be broken other than by Lawful provisions -- again, the Law constrains both God and man.   

 

In other words, the "Save the Earth" campaign of the pagans will not be completed until men are sanctified and become sons of God. The rituals of witchcraft and green movement are not adequate to remove the spiritual consequence of man's sin.   I don't know if this means this will be completed when all men are sanctified, or if this will only happen when the Son returns with power, but it appears that the spiritual fate of the creation is tied to the spiritual state of men.  (The creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God, Romans 8:19).  The creation truly is humano-centric.

 

In my theory, the good and evil forces created by the Son, were totally balanced, neither good nor evil had an edge in the world He created.   Thus, the challenge was to create an advantage where it would be possible in this totally symmetrical universe for good to dominate evil.  The plan was laid out before the creation.  Jesus would warn Satan of His coming and plan through the Prophets.  It was revealed, but it was hidden.  It appears that one of the requirements of the spirit realm for culpability to be attributed, there must be a warning.  Satan was warned, God did not operate asymmetrically, He did not just act from a position of omnipotence and spontaneous/summary edit.  

 

(Revelation 13:8  All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.)


It appears that the creator Himself, the Son, dying into the creation was that pivotal moment when Good triumphed over Evil.  In fact, Evil was totally conquered in principle, but not in manifestation at the moment of Jesus' death.  Evil took the life of the perfect man, but without warrant, this was a violation of the Law.  The universe was created to be totally lawful, and conservative.  Both good and evil, and God and Satan, were subject to the Law in the administration of justice in the universe.  Thus, the scales of justice were eternally tipped in favor of the Good by Jesus unLawful murder at the hands of Evil.  But, God did not destroy Evil en mass, rather He has chosen to use Evil’s violation of the Law in a selective way.  He exercises the warrant against evil, to prevent evil from exacting the penalty of death due to a sinful man.  This commutation is not deserved, but it is Lawful and appropriate when a man repents of his commitment to sin.  When a man is truly repentant, when he no longer wishes to play on the side of Satan and enjoy the pleasures of sin.  When a man truly wishes to make Yeshua Lord, and follow His Law, then the penalty that Evil rightly holds against man will be commuted.

 

In the crucifixion of Yeshua, God Himself, incarnated as a man, was tortured and slain unjustly.  The Law does not require that mercy is given.  In fact, the Law is the opposite of mercy.  God does not, and will not, forgive Evil for its violation of the Law in unjustly taking Jesus' life.  In other words, Evil can be punished eternally for the crime of taking His life.  There is never a punishment, a number of punishments, or length of punishment, which will erase the violation of Evil from the ledger.  God the Son, can continue to punish Evil over and over and over again for eternity.  And that punishment is to deprive Evil of its reward for seducing men into sin.  Evil desires and loves the spirit released by the shedding of blood and the loss of life.  Evil is nourished by the corruption of goodness.  Evil hungers for the despoiling of all things good, pure, lovely, and lawful.  Evil is energized and given power by the sacrifice of goodness and purity on the altar of Evil.

 

The punishment that is exercised against Evil, in the case of men being forgiven of their sins, is revoking the warrant that Evil has against a man who has renounced his sin, and committed his heart to following the Way/Law of the Lord.  The key is a heart that is willing to follow His Way.  Repentance means a man has turned from his commitment to sin, and has instead seen that there is a higher, better, finer Law.  In this new commitment, man begins a new life, he is reborn, and begins to learn and grow in the way of goodness.  

 

A man who has committed in his heart to follow the way of God is worthy of having his death sentence commuted.  God the Son wants to save men, but He does not allow impurity into the presence of the Father.  "Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man cometh unto the Father except through Him."  When a man repents, and changes his heart, by reaching out, asking for God to restore his soul, the forgiveness given to such a man will commute the death penalty.  That forgiveness will erase the spiritual effect of men's sin, purifying a man’s heart so that he is fit to live in the presence of the Father.  Such commutation is lawful.  The physical effects that follow from the commission of sin may not be reversed, but then again, they may.  It appears that an additional level of faith, prayer, submission, and acceptance are necessary in most cases of miraculous healing.  But, possibly this same level of heartfelt crying out, renouncing of sin, and embracing of the way of God are necessary to obtain that free gift of salvation.

 

Before Jesus, all other men who died, did so because they were subject to the death penalty because a violation of perfection.  Any violation of the Law, regardless of how small, puts one lawfully subject to the death penalty -- not only physical death, but spiritual death.  This is the Law that God the Son Himself established and wrote into the very fabric of the creation.  When he incarnated as Yeshua, He put Himself subject to the same Law, and was likewise subject to death, separation from the Father, had He violated even the smallest point of the Law.

 

(Romans 5:12  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned;  

13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
15  But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
16  And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.
17  For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
18  Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
19  For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.
20  Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,
21  so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Men, as gods, being created in the likeness of the Eternal God to be companions, are subject to the penalty of death, banishment from the Kingdom of light, goodness, and Heaven if we violate the law.  God cannot have men/gods/companions in his presence who have hearts and minds committed to, or subject to, evil.

 

The wrongful death of Jesus, the taking of His life without a lawful warrant against Him, put evil on the defensive.  This is a trump card.  Jesus could use the credit for His wrongful death against Hell/evil to completely remove the Lawful right of evil to extract life (take their life by the death penalty) from men.

 

The typical Christian framing of this story is that Lucifer, the head angel, rebelled and took 1/3 of the angels with him, and they all became demons.  The problem with this narrative is that there is scant Biblical validation for this story.  (It appears to be a story proposed by someone, and it became widely spread and believed.  I have heard it said that it may have come from Dante's Paradise Lost.  In other words, I don't think this story is scriptural, even though it has a long tradition and is widely held.  Thus, I feel free to propose a alternate theory that I believe has more Biblical evidence than the Lucifer/Fallen Angel story.)  The Lucifer/Fallen Angel theory may have come out of a reference to the Revelation reference to 1/3 of the stars falling from heaven.  Apparently some think that stars are symbols of angels.  (I heard this on the radio a few weeks ago).

 

Jude 1:6  And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

 

Revelation 12:4  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

 

The reference to angels being cast down to Hell (presumably) and kept in chains could not function as demons, since they are locked up in Hell.

 

The narrative which I have proposed is that God the Father overcame evil in the pre-creation state and became perfect.  He created/begat the Son, who created both good and evil.  He created man good, man rebelled, was confused by the knowledge of both good and evil and cannot easily distinguish between the two.  In this struggle, man goes through the same maturation process that the Father did.  In so doing, man develops a character that allows him to become mature, and a fitting companion for the Father, a fellow veteran in the war against evil.  I find that story logically and emotionally satisfying.

 

Having established the narrative of the big picture, we are then faced with the more practical questions about everyday life and God the Son’s part in creating/allowing it.

 

When we have calamity happens in our lives, is this the work of evil, or is this just the shaping by the potter of the clay?  It could be both.  If a man is immature, God the Son can lower the hedge, and allow Satan to work in a man's life.  When a man commits sin, he is subject to the natural consequences of that sin, and the calamity may be already deserved.

 

Does God directing our every step?  Or, is there free will?

For life to truly have meaning, we must have consequences that flow directly from our actions.

God wants us to follow perfection, His way on every step, but we do have free will, and we can follow the temptations of Evil at any moment.  Many are not committed to evil, but are immature, having little wisdom or discernment.  Those who really love God and want to be purified may be put in circumstances that will challenge him to grow in the ways of Godliness, eventually.  These can be painful.

 

God can allow men to experience the temptations of Satan.  He does not tempt a man.  But, He can allow a man to experience the feedback of his own error.

 

The scripture can appear to be a patchwork of contradictions if taken as all simultaneously true in the same circumstance.

I have taken the tactic of resolving the paradox, the mutually exclusive contradiction, by placing each Biblical principle in a separate circumstance and time, thus, the contradiction is not activated because God's Law can be modified by the specifics of the circumstance, thus allowing mutually exclusive Law to both be true if separated in time.

 

Using this "paradox solving paradigm" I then unravel the apparent contradictions of the Bible by assembling the story as I explained above.

1) God the Father separated totally from the evil of the pre-creation universe.

2) The Father begat the Son, who then created everything in heaven and on Earth.

3) The Son created the principalities and powers (demons and angels) and subjected Himself and all of creation to the same Law.  (Being separate from the Father, He was able to create the Evil that He then battled.)  God the Son created the creation perfectly, but He gave men free will, and allowed man to open up the doorway of the spiritual realm to the influence of evil.

4) God the Son allowed Evil to speak into the creation (Satan possessed and spoke through the snake).

5) From that time on, men were of the same spiritual heritage as Adam, and because we are innately immature, foolish, and unable to discern good from evil, we can by choice or ignorance violate the Law and serve evil.  Bad stuff happens in life because we make bad decisions.  We are tempted by our desires/hungers to eat what is wrong/evil and are thus subject to the consequences of improperly controlling our hearts/minds.  The service of evil causes death/degeneration in the body, and thus the forgiveness of sin is the same as healing.

 

In other words, we serve a good God.  He created the demons, probably to model the evil of the pre-creation realm.  He does not create evil in the sense of originating it in our lives, or making evil happen.  

 

But, there are things that God does that we call evil, but are actually only the natural reactions to the evil which we have done.  The spanking of the child who has violated the rules is receiving the consequences of evil, but the parent is not evil who responds with discipline to the evil of a child.  Such reaction is the normal response and necessary process to throw off evil.  

 

The evil of man may have actually been responsible for the decay of the Earth, such as seen in weather, earthquakes, and fires.  These may all be natural consequences of the earth reacting to vomit out the evil that man has embraced, and the earth has been sickened by our sin.  

 

Likewise, disease, the decay and destruction of the body, is a natural consequence of sin, it may be the signpost and an indicator of the need to throw off sin.  The earth and men are in fact meant to be good, and the possession of the Father/Son/Spirit.  But, Satan/the Darkness/the Not-God has been given entry by Man’s disobedience and listening to/worshiping other Gods.  The pain, disease, and calamity we see are the natural consequences of violating the Natural Law of God.