EVIL—What is it and what is the remedy?

Why do people murder, hurt children, and cause destruction? Some say they have a mental illness. I believe they have a depraved soul that is controlled by evil. So, what is evil? According to Webster, the term evil means morally bad or wrong; wicked; depraved (corrupt; perverted); causing pain or trouble; harmful; injurious. There is not a human soul that has not been damaged by evil. Evil is all around us, and it is bent on destruction, especially vulnerable children.

What is the origin of evil? First, you need to know that we live in an unseen spirit world though we see the evidence of it. The unseen spirit world consists of God, angels, satan (head of demons), and demons. God is the all-powerful, omnipotent, omniscient Spirit (John 4:24, 2 Cor. 3:17) who is good, loving, just, gracious, merciful and the creator of all that we see.  He called it good (Genesis 1; Nehemiah 9:6; Isaiah 40:28). The Bible says the origin of evil began when an angel called Lucifer, later called satan and the devil, wanted to be worshiped as God. Lucifer tried to set himself above God’s authority (see Is. 14:12-14). Consequently, God threw him out of heaven and onto the earth along with a third of the angels who followed Satan’s prideful endeavor.

Ever since Satan’s defeat, he has been trying to pervert all that God said was good. In John 10:10 Jesus states, “The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Satan is the great enemy of man and goodness. He is also called the deceiver (Rev. 12:9-12), father of lies and murderer (John 8:44), and the destroyer or Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in Greek, which is translated as “destroyer or to destroy” (Rev. 9:11 and John 10:10a). The devil means slanderer; the chief evil spirit, a supernatural being subordinate to, and the foe of God and the tempter of man. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian church in Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood [humans], but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” These entities want to harm us and draw us away from the truth of God’s Word and from a loving relationship with God and with each other. The spiritual forces of evil accomplish this by putting wrong thoughts, doubts, and unhealthy beliefs into our minds; see Isaiah 55:6,7, which causes us to act in evil ways. These are lies about ourselves, others, and God.  And they tempt us to sin, which separates us from God; see Isaiah 59:1-3.

So what is sin? Sin is the breaking of a moral principle defined in the Bible (i.e., Ten Commandments), especially through a willful act of disobedience. For example, Deuteronomy 9:18, 1 Kings 16:19, and 1 Samuel 15:23 states that sin is doing evil and that evil is rebellion toward God. And, 2 Chronicles 12:14 states, “And he did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.” Therefore, seeking the Lord God and being in right standing with Him is the only way to overcome evil and the evil done to us.

As humans, we have a spirit, a soul, and a body as described in 1 Thessalonians 5:23.  Also, God created us to be spiritually united with Him and to have a loving relationship with Him. A right relationship with God occurs by believing that Jesus Christ, His Son, died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin, to forgive our sins, and to free us from sins control (See Jn 1:29; 1 Jn 4:15; 1 Pet 1:18-19; Col 1:14; & Gal 5:1). When we confess this with our mouth and believe it with our heart, then God the Holy Spirit and His love, life, light, and goodness enter into our souls (See Gal 4:6 & 1 Cor 6:17). If you have not made this confession, then do it so you can be right with God (See Rom 10:9-13 & Eph 2:1-10).

We also need to submit daily, that is, yield our lives to God’s authority and Will. His Will is merciful, good, and perfect.  When we ask for and receive the Spirit of God into our lives and submit to Him, then we can choose to do good and not evil. Webster says that to be good is to be meek, patient, doing what is right and fitting, helpful, sacrificing, and morally excellent. To be morally excellent is to be virtuous, which is to choose the right actions and thinking and having a good character. Only God can transform a depraved soul bent on evil, into a loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, gentle, faithful, and self-controlled person. For this to happen, we need to be healed of the wounds and hurt in our souls and hearts from the evil done against us, which is why I created my website, please visit hopeforcompletehealing.com to transform the bad memories of the evil done to you and to heal your negative heart issues.  Also, when we submit to God, the devil will flee from us, see James 4:7 & 8.

This is only a brief dissertation on evil. What are your thoughts about evil.

Author: Joyce Holzman Hanscom

I am working with the women in the county jail to transform their painful memories and negative heart issues so they can make good decisions. I am also a Sunday School and Bible teacher, trained initially as a computer science teacher.

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