Realization of Truth (Part 3 Curse of Evil)
Realization of Truth
Part 3 - The Curse of Evil
Evil could be thought of as a product of the idea that material gain is the most important consideration in life. Whether it is children fighting over toys or nations fighting over land, the issue of ownership has caused untold damage in the world. The problem of material selfishness causes fighting, crime, and war to increase all over the world. Why are there so many selfish people creating a curse of evil that plagues mankind?
As evil increases, should we just compete for survival until death eliminates us? Is our purpose only to compete for money and material things and accumulate as much as possible before dying?
The world's resources are being rapidly depleted because of the insatiable lust for material gain. Therefore, the supply most likely cannot meet the demand of an ever-increasing world population. This is a major cause of poverty in many areas of the world. Unfortunately, as resources diminish, many people will become even more selfish, and cause violence to increase in the world.
Did God create evil people whose purpose is to destroy each other as well as the earth? Did He place an evil curse on the people He created? God created us with independent thought and free will, giving us the ability to choose between right and wrong. Therefore, when we choose to do wrong, we make ourselves evil.
God is immortal, and He created the first man and woman to be immortal. In addition, He has authority over us. God knows what is good and what is bad for us; therefore, He made laws for us to obey. Laws are usually made for a good reason, and when people abide by the law, they have less problems. Did the first man and woman break God's law?
We are born and live until we die. That's the way it's been since the beginning of mankind. Even if you live by the rules and do all the right things, you still encounter your death. Is that because we are imperfect? If we were perfect, we wouldn't die; therefore, we must conclude that death is caused by imperfection.
We should also conclude that the first man and woman became imperfect by breaking God's law. As a result, they incurred a curse of evil and became subject to death. We are all descended from the first man and woman. Therefore, we have inherited imperfection and the curse of evil, and must eventually die.
Why did they disobey God's law? When the first man and woman were created, they were perfect and didn't have any problems or worries. They must have been happy, and certainly didn't have a reason to disobey God. They wouldn't have been likely to disobey God's laws without being persuaded to do so.
They would not have recognized temptation because they would not have known the difference between right and wrong. Neither would they have realized the harm that could happen to them if they disobeyed God's law. Because of that, they could've easily been persuaded to disobey God. We must conclude that the first human beings were persuaded to disobey God; therefore, the curse of evil did not originate with them.
How did the curse of evil begin? Because neither space nor time has a limit, it is highly probable that God created other forms of life beyond our universe. These forms of life may or may not be superior to human beings. They may even have supernatural powers with the ability to travel through space.
Whatever these beings are, they may have come to earth and communicated with the first human beings. Could one of these supernatural beings have persuaded the first man and woman to disobey God's law? That is what most likely happened, and would suggest that the curse of evil began before human beings were created.
People acquire knowledge and experience as they grow older, and normally develop a sense of right and wrong. This is our conscience and it seems to be influenced by supernatural forces that attempt to manipulate us. Where did these forces come from? Because God creates all life, we must conclude that He created supernatural beings, and that these beings are more powerful than humans.
These supernatural beings are called angels; God created them with independent thought and free will, just as He did for humans. God could have programmed them as robots to do His bidding. But then they would not have been truly loyal to God. However, because they had independent thought, the possibility existed that one or more of them would decide to rebel against God.
Before man and woman were created, the angels were created. They were perfect; however, one or more of them must have decided to rebel against God. Were they jealous of God, who is all-powerful? At least one of the angels most likely became jealous of God, and convinced other angels to join him in a rebellion. This was the beginning of the curse of evil that has plagued the world ever since.
Why didn't God destroy those who rebelled against Him? The truth is that God wants those whom He created to be loyal to Him because they want to be, not because they fear being destroyed if they are not.
How long will God allow evil to exist? He has allowed evil to run its course so that we can see its results. A perfect God would not allow evil and its effects to go on indefinitely. Someday, the curse of evil will be removed from the world. In the meantime, the war between good and evil continues. Pain, sickness and disease, fighting, and death also continue; these are all the result of the curse of evil.
Can the world be restored to perfection, and peace and happiness prevail? God has a plan for human beings to become perfect. If we follow His plan, we could be saved from evil and have eternal life in a perfect world. The truth is written in the Bible, which is God's Word; that is where we can find the way to salvation.
In summary, evil causes hurt and damage, and is usually caused by selfishness. As evil increases and as people compete for material gain, the world's resources are being used up. As a result, we see more poverty and violence. Did God create evil people? He created us with free will, and the ability to choose between right and wrong. When we choose to do wrong, we make ourselves evil.
God created us to be perfect and live forever, and He has authority over us. He knows what is good for us and what is bad for us, and He made laws for us to follow. Breaking those laws causes problems. Did the first man and woman break God's laws?
Death must be caused by imperfection, which is caused by breaking God's laws. The first man and woman must have broken God's laws. They became imperfect, and eventually died. We descended from them, inheriting their imperfection; and we eventually die. If we were perfect, we would not die.
When the first man and woman were created, they must have been happy, and didn't know right from wrong. They wouldn't have recognized temptation or realize any harm that would happen to them by doing wrong. We must conclude that they were persuaded to disobey God; therefore, the curse of evil did not originate with them.
How did this evil curse begin? Because space and time are limitless, it is likely that God created other forms of life beyond our universe. These forms of life may have supernatural powers, having the ability to travel through space. They may have communicated with the first human beings, persuading them to disobey God. This would suggest that the curse of evil began before man and woman were created.
We normally develop a sense of right and wrong because of our conscience. And we seem to be influenced by forces that attempt to manipulate us. These forces are actually supernatural beings; they are angels that God created long ago. He gave them independent thought, even though He could've created them as robots to do His bidding. But then they wouldn't have been truly loyal; however, it was possible that one or more of them would rebel against God.
All the angels were perfect at one time, but at least one of them must have become jealous of God, who is all-powerful. That angel convinced some of the others to join in a rebellion against God, and this began a curse of evil. God could've destroyed the rebellious angels, but He wants those He creates to be loyal because they want to be, not because they fear being destroyed if they are not.
Since the beginning of evil, God has allowed it to run its course so that we can see the results, but He will not let evil go on indefinitely. In the meantime, the war between good and evil continues. Disease, fighting, and death are some of the effects of evil. Can the world be restored to perfection? God has a plan to do just that; if we follow His plan, we could have eternal life in a perfect world. The truth can be found in the Bible, God's Word; that is where we can find the way to salvation.
From the Bible:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
(Romans, Chapter 6, Verse 23)
Next in this series: Realization of Truth (Part 4 Life After Death)
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