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Bible Verses About Good and Evil

Updated on May 17, 2016

1 John 2:15-16

New International Version (NIV)

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

According to scripture, God created the world and called it good. Yet here we are told that being fond of it sets us apart from Him. That disconnect comes, and is described, in Genesis Ch 3. An originally perfect creation became corrupt when man chose to do things his way as opposed to God’s. What changed? If the Bible is a source of absolute truth, then everything changed. The result in 2016 is a mix retaining signature of the original along with compromised aspects. Take a look at our everyday lives to illustrate. We get up every day and go to work, in order to support ourselves and our families. Society operates within an economy. We have to buy food and pay a mortgage on our house. Vehicles are required for transportation. We must pay for medicine and care when ill. Although accepted as normality, these aspects of our daily lives were not part of God’s original intent. Turn back the clock before Genesis Ch 3, and consider the same aspects according to what was initially put in place. Work was not required, as the economy was quite simple: God provided for every need. Food was right there to eat and the diet was vegetarian: vegetables, fruits, nuts and the like. Death was non-existent. Man killed and consumed no flesh, nor did animals prey on each other. In the absence of death, disease was also a non-issue. Shelter as we know it not required, given a perfect climate. The plan was for nothing other than fellowship with God.

A walk through my typical day now brings a contradictory series of thoughts, sights and sounds, which I have gotten used to yet demand explanation. My morning run is characterized by a sense of closeness to God and His creative genius. I see stars still visible in the sky at 5 AM. Not too long after that, the horizon is outlined in red as the sun begins to rise into and then above it. At about that time, I can view colorful birds and hear their distinctive songs. Heading through the park yesterday, I found myself about 10 feet away from a white tailed deer. I stopped, and we just stared at each other for 30 seconds or so before she ran away. As I run and the air fills up my lungs, I get a sense of how awesome this machine of mine He designed is. All these wonderful things He made that my eyes can see, those eyes being more complex and refined than any camera or lens created by man.

Considering the same list of sights and sounds, we can also recognize within it a coexistent compromised state. I run on a right leg that has seen 4 operations. Knee cartilage no longer exists, and it holds an 18 inch titanium rod and 4 screws. Those eyes don’t see so well anymore, as a nerve in one of them is shot. Permanent double vision is the result. It was all designed perfectly, but this world now has a way of breaking us down little by little. We are in an unnatural state of constant decay. The deer ran away because she was scared of me. Consider what is said in Genesis Ch 9 verse 2:

“The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands.”

I see enough in my first waking hour each day to prompt thought on why good and bad exist together. The remaining hours throw many more glaring examples my way.

Scripture tells us that a perfect union between God and His creation no longer exists. Thus, to be completely immersed in the world means we have pushed Him aside. Inviting Him to become the main driver in our lives opens up a means by which He provides a remedy. What formerly contradicted and confused can now align with a hope looking forward. What was originally intended and has since been corrupted is promised to be once and for all corrected. Next time you are watching something horrific being reported on cable news, consider a plausible explanation for why these things can be. The tunnel we have carved out has multiple routes. An addition to it, put in place via loving compensation by God, has Light at end.


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      lucabrasi 6 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Hi lone77star:

      Thanks for the read and reply. As far as symbolic vs. actual/literal, I tend to lean literal unless context demands otherwise. I am not formally educated in theology, so concede there is a lot to learn and your comments are certainly worth consideration. Agree that death was indeed spiritual. Feel the gene pool was corrupt from that point on, leading to eventual physical death. And, despite medical advances, that corruption limits our lifespan today to a lesser number of years. Which is why Adam lived for 930 and we are lucky to see 90. That said, the "what ifs" you propose could very well be valid. I cannot and will not dispute that potential. Really to me, the only area that must be in agreement between professed Christians is the person of Christ. Who He is, and what He is not.

      Thanks again

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      Rod Martin Jr 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Welcome to HubPages, @lucabrasi. Beautiful words and sentiment. A beautiful tale of man's willfulness and sense of entitlement (ego) and the havoc borne out of it.

      And what if the imagery of Genesis 3 was only symbolic? What if it was merely a spiritual place instead of a physical one? For the death that Adam and Eve suffered was not a physical death but a spiritual one. Genesis 5 shows that Adam lived for 930 years, long after leaving the Garden. And Genesis 5:2 shows that Adam was both male and female, and thus symbolic for all of humanity.

      Just as the death in the Garden was spiritual, so is our rebirth a spiritual rebirth -- not from the mother's womb, as Nicodemus suggested, but reborn of the spirit.

      Too many Christians are still of this world. It's hard to let go. And they feel their interpretation of scripture is equal to that of God and thus stop searching for answers. Coming to Christ is only the beginning. Sometimes the path to wisdom and to fully following Christ is long and arduous. At least it has been for me -- learning to let go of all the little things that attach me to this world and to my ego.

      But such house cleaning is as refreshing as your morning run. Every opportunity must be taken to find and to give up the things of this world. We've been collecting them for so terribly long.