Why do people murder, hurt children, and cause destruction? Some say they have a mental illness. I believe they have a depraved soul, which is controlled by evil intentions. So, what is evil? According to Webster, the term evil means bad; wicked; depraved (corrupt; perverted), and causing pain or trouble. There isn’t a human being that is not damaged by evil. Evil is all around us, and it is bent on destruction, especially vulnerable children.
What is the origin of evil? To understand the origin, first know we live in an unseen spirit world, which comprises God, angels, the devil (ruler of demons), and demons (fallen angels). God is the all-powerful, omnipotent, omniscient Spirit (see John 4:24, 2 Cor. 3:17) who is good, loving, just, gracious, merciful, and the creator of all that we see. He called all that He created good (see Genesis 1; Nehemiah 9:6; and Isaiah 40:28). Though we don’t see God, the evidence of His existence is all around us in beauty and power.
The Bible says the origin of evil began when an angel called Lucifer, later called Satan or the devil, wanted to be worshiped as God. Lucifer tried to set himself above God’s authority (see Isaiah 14:12-14). Because of Lucifer’s pride, God threw him out of heaven and onto the earth along with a third of the angels who followed Lucifer’s prideful endeavor.
Ever since the devil’s defeat, he tries to pervert all that God said is 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 called the deceiver (see Rev. 12:9-12), father of lies and a murderer (see John 8:44). He is the destroyer or Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in Greek, which is translated as “destroyer or to destroy” (see Rev. 9:11). Webster dictionary says the devil is a 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 evil entities want to harm us and draw us away from the truth of God’s Word. They also want to destroy love because God is love. The spiritual forces of evil puts wrong thoughts, doubts, and unhealthy beliefs into our minds (see Isaiah 55:6-7), which are lies about ourselves, others, and God. These wrong thoughts cause us to act in evil ways. And they tempt us to sin, which then separates us from God; see Isaiah 59:1-3.
So what is sin? Sin is the breaking of a moral principles defined in the Bible, 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. Also, 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 are comprised of a spirit, soul, and body described in 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Also, God created us to be spiritually united with Him and to have a loving relationship with Him. To have a right relationship with God we need to believe that Jesus Christ, His Son, died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin, so we can be free from sin’s control. Also believe Jesus wants to forgive our sins, and destroy the work of the devil in our lives (see John 1:29; 1 John 4:15; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Colossians 1:14; & Galatians 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).
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. I wrote a short book on complete healing, please begin reading 1–Healing Begins by Transforming Painful Memories to transform the bad memories of the evil done to you and to heal your negative heart issues. We also need to submit to God daily, that is, yield our lives to His authority and Will. His Will is merciful, good, and perfect. When we submit to God, the devil will flee from us, see James 4:7 & 8.
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