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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Malcom Ponders the Origins of Evil

When God completed the physical creation as detailed in Genesis 1 He concluded the chapter with the words “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

So if every thing was hunky dory – why, apparently more or less immediately, did He let the serpent in on the action? (The serpent is defined in Rev. 12:9 as the devil or Satan)

There are only two choices – 1) He couldn’t stop him (which makes Satan more powerful than God,) or

2) He allowed him to entice Adam and Eve.

Now since Jesus walking the earth as a human –defeated Satan (albeit in a titanic struggle)– it hardly seems likely that Satan was able to impose his will at the beginning against God in his power and glory. So it appears God allowed the downfall of man , despite the immense cost to himself

For we read in Rev. 13:8, Jesus described as “…the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."

Whenever the foundation of the world was, it had to be before the first man and woman – so God knew what was going to happen – that Jesus would have to die for mankind on the cross – and He knew it at “the planning stage”

So perfect as the physical creation was, it was not the ultimate objective.

The ultimate objective seems to be Phi 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

We are to become like Christ – as Christians we are described as the body of Christ, and are also (as a church) described as the future bride of Christ, gifted with eternal life through the saving work of Jesus.

We are to be raised from death (or transformed in the twinkling of an eye) to have a spiritual body as Jesus did when resurrected. We are to live with God in eternity!

It’s just the bit in between the perfect physical creation and the final perfect spiritual creation that is a bit of a puzzle! And that is where we are now.

That’s life! – and fortunately Jesus is master of it!!



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