Good vs Evil
In the Book-of-Proverbs, (written primarily by King Solomon) and more specifically in chapters 10-16, Solomon talks about the differences between ‘Good and Evil’. One would think that adults should already know the differences, but when personalities and personal desires come into play, man will many times employ poor judgment, unfortunately to his detriment. I find it interesting that Solomon dedicated 7 entire chapters to the contrast between Good-and-Evil. Why would one of the wisest men to ever live do that? I guess that he wants us to understand the finer points of living a clean, spirit-filled life, and also because God thinks that this subject is of great importance. It should be noted that much of the entire Bible is centered around a discussion regarding Good vs. Evil… even Solomon and certainly his father David, had great difficulty in following God’s instructions.
From the very beginning, even before man appeared on the Earth, evil had already planted its flag. God’s most beautiful and talented angel named Lucifer; because of his own pride and arrogance, had turned to the ‘Dark Side’. Naturally, God was not amused and cast satan out of ‘The Third Heaven’. This is a good lesson for each of us to learn; when we decide to deride or reject God, we should expect some serious repercussions. A fundamental problem we humans face, is when we want something so much, particularly when it comes to money, sex, and other people, man is capable of just about anything; he will lie, cheat, steal, exhort; resort to blackmail, and even commit murder.
As young people, we develop habits and social mores that will determine how we handle the rest of our lives. Our personal habits, the way treat others, our language, and our choice of vocabulary will always indicate exactly who we are. The words we use play an important role as to how others see us and how we handle difficulties in life, petty much tell others what you need to know. Solomon tells us to stay clear of such men… I would agree.
At this point, rather than getting into an entire treatise regarding the relationship between God and Lucifer, I suffice it to say that once satan rebelled against God, he was given the task of testing mankind, to see what they would do when presented with the choices of living by God’s standards or turning to the world and living without the benefit of God’s Holy Spirit and God’s wisdom. Isaiah, Chapter 14; the prophet shares God’s thoughts regarding his former ‘archangel’. Isaiah says… ‘Oh, how you have fallen from Heaven, O’ star of the morning, son of the dawn. You have been cut down to the Earth; you who have weakened the nations. You said in your heart, I will ascend to Heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God and I will sit on the Mount of Assembly in the recesses of the North. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High… (Ehhh; big mistake). When satan proclaimed, (5 times I might add) that he was going to become like the ‘Most High God’… that’s when Dad expelled satan from the Third Heaven where God and Jesus, and the Holy City reside.
Now since that time, the Influence of satan’s evil has been present on Earth; working hard to hinder, obfuscate and generally interfere with God’s plans for man… and look at what satan has accomplished over the past 6,000 years. And following Adam’s ’Original sin’; a wide array of evil and disgusting acts have been by committed man, and with terrible consequences, I would add.
In all honesty, the first 21 years of my life, were filled with many bad habits; accounts that I will never be proud of. But then one day, Jesus met me at the foot-of-the-cross. That single event changed my life. I would be terrified to return to the dark side; I like ‘walking-in-the-light’ much better.
Last thought… where are you walking? It’s never too late to cross the street into the sunshine.