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The Creation: Was the Darkness Evil?

Updated on January 13, 2018
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Lois is a Christian. She has over 10 years of experience from the military and has worked over 25 years in manufacturing.

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The Darkness Before Light

The world was dark before God, the light. Absent without light, was the world full of evil?

While light is associated is associated with Christ, many of us associate darkness with Satan, sin, death, spiritual ignorance and divine judgment as the following verses state:

Exodus 10:21 “And the Lord said unto Moses, stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that the may be darkness over the Land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt” (KJV).

Exodus 10:22 “And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days” (KJV):

Exodus 10:23 “They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings” (KJV).

Job 3:4 “Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine above it” (KJV).

Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (KJV).


The above verses all relate to darkness. However, in only two of them is the darkness evil. In Job, God allows Satan to test Job. Therefore, he withdraws his presence from him and allows Satan to take charge. Satan throws Job to the wolves and takes away everything that Job has including his servants, his children and livestock. These were dark days for Job. He attributed the darkness to the evil of Satan. Then, according to Ephesians we are in a spiritual battle between good and evil.

While the darkness in Job’s time relates to evil, the darkness that comes from Moses is not evil. Even though the Egyptians felt that it was evil, since it was so thick that they could feel it and not see anything through the blackness, it was not so. God ordered Moses to form the darkness. Since the darkness was from God’s mouth, it is not evil. Therefore, since the Spirit of God was present in the darkness of pre-creation, this darkness is not evil. Do you honestly believe that if the darkness was evil that God would have included it in his creation. If it was evil, we would have no dark skies at night. We would have constant light.

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Since sin did not first enter this world until towards the end of innocence, where the snake tempted Eve with the forbidden fruit, then the chaotic darkness prior to the creation was not evil. If it was evil, then why do we have nights that are dark? While, when we were children, some of us may have been afraid of the boogey man than lurked in dark corners. The darkness that is related to evil, is actually the darkness of souls as the following verses mention:

Matthew 6:22-23 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness” (KJV)!

John 3:19-21 ”And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” (KJV)

John 1:5 "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not" (KJV).

Matthew 8:12 "But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (KJV).

Here is an interesting point to gather. Take a look at verses 5, 8, 13, 19, 23 and 31 in the first chapter of Genesis: “And the evening and morning were the ___ day. Did you notice that evening is always mentioned first. The darkness was here first before there was light. Even though the morning signifies the beginning of the new day for most Christians, this is not so during Old Testament times. The evening is the beginning of a new day. Even the Jewish people of today base the start of their days on them the sun sets. Thousands of years since the creation, they still do this because the darkness came first.

2 Corinthians 6:14-16

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people (KJV).

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Why We Should Not Use the Stars as Signs


Psalm: 8:3 “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained” (KJV).

The stars are there to show us God's handiwork. When I look at the stars on a clear night, I am filled with wonder. How can anyone see this beauty and doubt that there is a God? People who believe in the Bib Bang Theory are highly misled. If such a thing happened, it would look like chaos all around us, not this perfect lineup of the stars and constellations. All one a person would have to do is pich up a deck of cards and throw them on the ground. The cards would be scattered all over the room and not perfectly lined up.

Romans 1:19 “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for Got hath sheweth it unto them” (KJV).

Romans 1:20 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (KJV):

Do not take the sun, moon, stars and everything else in the universe for granted. They are there for a purpose and a reason. God created these and they are reminders of God’s awesome creative powers. However, the stars were not put in the sky to act as signs. How many of you open up to a certain section of the newspaper to see what your horoscope has to tell you? While most of us do this as a form of amusement, to see if the reading is accurate, some take the readings seriously. There are some people who refuse to leave their homes because the reading tells them that the day will be a bad one. When we read the horoscope for guidance, we are going against God’s will. We are not asking God for guidance.

God did put the stars in the sky as signs for us in a sense. Back in the Biblical days, people did use the stars as a means of navigation. The did not have GPS devices attached to the camels as they were traveling. They used both the stars and the sun to give them direction as they moved from one place to another. They also were able to use the position of the stars at night to tell the time and to track the seasons.

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding” (KJV).

Proverbs 3:6 “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths” (KJV).

When you use other means to get through the difficulties of life, such as reading the horoscope or paying a large amount of money for a psychic, you are not putting your entire trust in God. He is there for you to act as a guide. All you have to do is ask him for help whenever you need it and, even though you may not hear him, he will give you the wisdom to head in the right direction. If you still believe you can get your answers through a psychic, think twice about going to see one. You may miss your chance of living an eternal life in heaven.

Deuteronomy 18:10 “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch” (KJV).

Deuteronomy 18:11 “Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer’ (KJV).
Leviticus 19:26: “Ye shall not eat anything with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times” (KJV).

Deuteronomy 18:14: “For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observer of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do” (KJV).

Deuteronomy 16:12 “For all that do these things are in abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee” (KJV).

There are many references in the Bible that speak against witchcraft, sorcery and necromancy. Using stars for prophetic means is just another form of these. Do not fall into that trap.

© 2018 Lois Ryan

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    • LoisRyan13903 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lois Ryan 

      6 months ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      Thank you. Everyone is free to add to the Bible Studies I post. I might read something in the Bible and some word may hit me. It might be something that may be relevant to my life or it may make me more hungry for the word or I may have questions from a verse or chapter I find confusing. I will be adding more.

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      auralmack 

      7 months ago

      Okay, not too clear. The first chapter of Genesis will prove that there was no evil, no devil deceiver on earth or in heaven or with God, and did not exist at the finish of creation. After God looked back upon every thing that he had made and called it very good, God rested from all his works. Finished; The End.

      "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them [everything God made]. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he has made." Gen 1:31 - 2:3.

      Genesis 2:4 surely begins a second chapter of an older version of creation that predates Moses first chapter of Genesis, unearthed in ancient Nineveh in 1832 with legends of Creation on clay tablets , that by all estimations predates Moses and far beyond any beginnings of any Hebrew history at all.

      The origin of that serpent, Satan begins here: "Now the serpent [that Lying Tongue] was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made." -Gen. 3:1 "...was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made?" Not a confession....and the woman said... and the woman saw...and the woman desired...and the woman took, and did eat. And gave to Adam and he did eat. And where was that lying tongue, that talking serpent that deceived Adam? In the mind of Eve talking to herself; reasoning with her thoughts and desires. Satan is a spirit that is found to exist in man.

      "And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity...it defiles the whole body...and it is set on fire of hell...it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." -James 3:5-8

      What is it that defiles a man?

      "Are ye so without understanding also? Do you nor perceive that whatsoever thing from without entered into a man, it cannot defile him. Because it enters not into the heart...for from within, out of the heart of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these things com from within and defile the man." -Mark:16-23

      For out of the fullness of the heart does the tongue speak.

      At least we should understand the first chapter of Genesis better.

      --Just a comment--

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      auralmack 

      7 months ago

      RE: "The world was dark before God, the light. Absent without light, was the world full of evil?"

      No. The complete chapter of Genesis 1, which surely ends at Genesis 2:3 -- The correct whole first chapter of Genesis and the end of it. After that begins another older version of creation with man created on the first day and woman at the end of everything else. I can only associate it with Adams first sleep/death and making of naked women...well, probably a little out of order or something.

      But to answer that question and prove it, read the first chapter of Genesis. God saw the light; God could see, and God saw, and it was good. But the darkness; the unknown, God judged not. And at the end of all creation;after all that God had created, God looked back upon every thing that he had made: "And God saw every thing that he had made: Behold, it was very good...and the evening came, and the morning came." v. 31 No devils, no Satan, no taking snakes upon earth or in heaven at this point or God was a liar. Not Very Good!

    • LoisRyan13903 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lois Ryan 

      7 months ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      Thank you. I remember as a child my parents telling me to be home by dark. As you said darkness was a way to protect by also a way to stay hidden if you were up to no good.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Very strange subject. I am sure darkness has protected many at times. It does seem it has been related to as evil. Maybe because so many crimes are then and most sin begins at darkness, doesn't it?

      I agree about using the stars as signs, and yes even that was given to us for that very thing, but the devil steps in to misuse everything for evil.

      Great study. Thank you!

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