Causes of Evil
Greeting my friends! HERE WE ARE IN ANOTHER YEAR, 2019—according to the Roman calendar! Have you ever wondered if we are entering into a time of worsening troubles for the USA, (extending to the rest of the world) due to all the things we see happening in the news? Is it possibly that we have already been in the time of increasing sorrows, that Christ prophesied would come? (See “Increasing Sorrows” for more) Wat about what the Scriptures say for our time today? 2 Tim 3:1-2 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:” is this talking about our time today?
What are the causes of the evils and disasters we see going on around us today? Are they just happenstance—acts of God or “mother nature”? Do you and I have a part to play in them? Many do not recognize what these causes are or how we ourselves (as human beings) may be contributing to their cause. Where did it all start; have we given much thought to this? When & how did the causes of evil begin? Does the Bible explain this and how many believe, then act on the truth of the Bible? The Apostle Paul came to realize that even in the true COG, some had unwittingly been pulled away from truth without realization of it. Note this in; Gal 2:14 “But when I saw that they (so there were more than just one) “were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all,”—earlier he recorded in V.12 “Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; (Using the NKJV unless otherwise noted) so here we see Peters wrong example was an influence that caused others in the church to sin in that particular situation; which similar situations can still happen today.
So with this example of biblical truth, a better question is; how many believe the Bible—period—and strive to prove the truth on various subjects by studying it? Does the Bible reveal the cause of all evil and even the world’s troubles today?
Man has brought on himself these causes of evil, which the Bible does reveal. Evil has happened all down through time and more is to come on sinning mankind in these last days. Rom.3:23 says all have sinned and the wages of sin is death. (Rom.6:23) Some believe all the verses of the bible as Biblical Truth, which includes the Gospel commission, but many others believe a mixture of truth and error, swayed by man. Many times parts of the bible get dismissed, believing a false minister teaching his mixture instead. This is the normal way of false Christianity, causing many of the evils we see today. These deceptive messages are what Isa 5:20 is talking about, saying; “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;” Causes of evil is the subject chosen for this article, and let us asked ourselves right up front; are we up to honestly facing the truth our own Bibles present to us??
How important is it to believe Biblical Truth and the Gospel, my friends? Christ said to His disciples in Mark 16:15-16 "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” Ps 119:160 says; “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” These words of the Bible are inspired and biblical truth, which also pertains to having belief in the Gospel.
My friends if you have a Bible and want to really know the truth it reveals, please get it and go through these verses given within, that come from it. Look them up and prove the truth. Do that with everything you find here on this web-site, as well as all other places you visit or listen too, including your minister. Many claim to be “Christian” yet very few seem to really understand that all the bible is inspired by God and called “Holy Scriptures” by the apostle Paul, in the original transcripts. To make anything Holy is something which only God can do, as he did with the 7th day Sabbath and the annual Holy Days. (See “Sanctified Time” & Bible studies on Festivals for more) No man was given authority by God or Christ to make something Holy or to change any scriptural teaching— not even the pope, as you will see, when studying the Scriptures.
Let us notice in the Bible when Paul, writing to Timothy said; beginning in 2 Tim 3:13 that --“evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. (This is what has happened among those falsely claiming Christianity) V.14 But you (Timothy and all other true Christians) must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you (Timothy) have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Now V.16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The majority that like to put in a claim of being a Christian, do not even know what the Bible reveals about being a true Christian and do not teach the doctrinal teachings of the Bible that came from God and Christ. (See other articles on this web-site concerning the subject of Christianity for more.) Those truths have been ignored and replaced in order to keep and teach pagan practices and holidays not sanctioned in the Bible. Those normal practices of modern Christianity are not biblical truth, nor a part of the true Gospel. You need to come to see this, my friends and acknowledge the truth of the bible for your selves, if you want salvation.
Some of the things that I have revealed here from the pages and verses of the Bible over the years are so astonishing to some, being a mystery or hidden truth and as I said before; the majority automatically disbelieve and never look them up or study the Bible to see if it is true. Why? Simply because all their life they have been deceived; taught falsehoods and misconceptions that are presented as coming from the Bible by these evil men and impostors that Paul wrote about. Note this, recorded again by Paul and this time for the true Christians at Corinth;
2 Cor.11:12-15 the apostle Paul says; “But what I do, (Him being a true minister of Jesus Christ) I will also continue to do, that I may cut off (Or expose-Eph.5:11)) the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers (Satan has ministers!) also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” So this originally comes from Satan, who deceives the whole world; now through human agents. (Rev.12:9) He is the unseen god of this world! (2Cor.4:3-4)
Christ also warned that this kind of deception and causes of evil would come in the time of the apostles and even affect the COG if possible. John 14:29 reveals Christ saying; "And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do.” Matt 24:4, speaking to the disciples and all the way down to true Christians today, Christ said; "Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.” How many are doing this today?—coming in the name of Christ with deceptions? They will profess Christ is Savior and the Son of God, but will teach falsehoods as truth, thereby deceiving others and causing an evil situation for many.
Sin and total disregard for God’s way of life in this world today are some causes of the evils we see and the disasters that are happening. The very first man came into rebellion, under the subtle influence of Satan—who used his wife, Eve, to get to him. Paul goes on to call this an evil age, as we see in Gal 1:3 “Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age,”. The age from Adam to Noah was wiped out by the flood because of evil. Very few in the age from Abraham to Christ obeyed God, being affected by causes of evil and now, we are in this present evil age that Paul spoke of. So now where did this present evil age begin? How many really think about this today, as it pertains to them individually?
Well my friends, it is time for us all to learn the truth and then hold onto it as we grow in biblical truth and understanding. It is much closer to the return of Christ than most may think! So it is best to learn from the beginning, exactly how and when the cause of all evil began for mankind. Let us turn back to the beginning book of the Bible and come to see how God gave man a choice that had already been given to angelic beings, created long before them. God intended man to make a choice from the very beginning, as man was not designed to ever be neutral. Gen 2:8-9 The LORD God (This is Yahweh Elohim who became Christ) planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” God had set these two trees here and for this purpose of choice, before man was placed in the Garden. Note this; V.15-17 “Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; (Which included the tree of life) V.17 says “but” (So here we see the one exception) “but” of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (For more on that subject, see the Bible study titled “The Two Trees”.) So obviously God revealed which tree was not to be eaten of and which tree He desired them to reject, instructing Adam in that—but also requiring them to make a choice. God desired that man reject the tree that would lead to death and eat of the tree of life, but of necessity He let them freely choose. They would learn from their choice, and set the stage for the rest of mankind. Let us think about this for a moment; Eve was not there for those instructions, not being created yet, and we do not have the exact details of her being instructed. But let us go back to that and look at something else that has entered into the causes of Evil. We see how Adam and Eve were given a choice between the two trees, but notice in your bible (Gen.3) that Satan went after Eve first—not Adam.
Let us continue this for a little more; Perhaps the devil already knew he could get to Adam easier through his wife rather than by a frontal confrontation, one on one. He is very clever and may have sensed the woman as being the weaker vessel. (1Pet.3:7) Whatever the case may be, this is what we find in scripture. Gen 3:1-3 says; “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
So the devil sought to engage her mind in conversation and she responded. The devil began immediately to manipulate her mind and she added something that God had not said to Adam. It is not in Scripture that this “not touching the tree” was said from God. V.2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
Did Satan manipulate Eve through influence of her mind? Let us go to the NT for the answer. We find once again that it was revealed through the apostle Paul in writing to the Ephesians that we were all dead in sins against God and have;---“walked according to the course (or ways) of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience”, Satan the devil is a spirit being, invisible to the human eye, who works through the air waves and can get right into one’s mind, once that person is tuned to his wave length. His ability to manipulate Eve to His way of thinking is evident by her response. Then he was able to deceive her by the same subtle deceptions his agents use on us today. He used a mixture of truth and error! (Although perverting the intended meaning of the truth) Notice it here; he said their eyes would be opened—which they were—only in a wrong way, but he lied to Eve first and made things seem enticing—tempting her.
Gen 3:4-5 says; “Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. (This was a lie in direct contradiction to what God had said in Ch.2:17.) V.5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Notice what God said afterwards; V.22 “Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil”—so the devil deceived her with a mixture of distorted truth and lies, just like his agents do today and have all down through time, even in this present evil age, as Paul wrote about!
This is definitely one of the causes of all the evils that affect mankind today, my friends. Then Eve gave in to another cause of evil by yielding to the temptation to get this for herself. She lusted for the things Satan had said. Gen 3:6 says; “So when the woman saw (how did she see, except possibly in her own mind) that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.” From what we see here, it is much easier to learn that this is what the apostle John was inspired to write about in 1John 2:16. “For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life -- is not of the Father but is of the world.” These evils and selfish things that infiltrate the mind come from the devil and his nature, which cause the death penalty; they came on all mankind right in the beginning, (All Adam and Eves children) when she enticed Adam to eat of the forbidden fruit. Adam was not deceived, thus willingly disobeyed. In 1Tim 2:13-14, Paul writes “For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.” (See 1John3:4 in the KJV for the definition of sin) When Adam rebelled and ate of the fruit, this was what Satan was after—bringing the death penalty on mankind.
God requires us to choose His way and completely reject evil, thus emphasizing our desire to live by His Government, contained in all of His Laws and Commandments. These Laws He also gave to the nation of Israel; Deut. 30:15 "See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil,--again in V.19-20 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days;”
The Bible does not reveal anywhere that man was created with an evil nature, so back to the beginning questions; where did that come from? It is not evident in the few details we have before Adam and Eve sinned. This came from a source of spiritual evil but God did not create it in man! Where did it come from then? Let us now get to the bottom; or the source of it all, which requires just a bit more Bible information. We now must look into the created being Lucifer—a powerful created being in the angelic realm—before man and even earth was created. Most people do not realize when we read in Gen 1:1 “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth.” that this is simply a reference to WHEN God created these material things, along with the entire universe. It is the beginning for those things, according to your Bible. Angels were already created at this point, as they were created spirits before physical & material matter. We find in the first book of the NT, John1:1-3 that at the beginning of all things created, there was already the Word God and God—two God beings, both being spirit, equal and having lived eternally, but they were alone at this point. The Word God then created all things, step by step according to their planned out purpose; then in V.14 we see that He, the Word God became Jesus, the Christ or Messiah. We have already been seeing some of the causes of evil and how they originally came from the devil and his nature—but did God create a devil with this evil nature? When we look at the passages that talks about Lucifer and his created state, it becomes clear that Lucifer also “became” the evil being he is now, long after his creation. He was not created to be evil, just like earth was not created in chaos. (Isa.45:18) Lucifer had the free-moral agency—freedom to choose on his own, just like humanity was later given. Notice Ezek.28:14-15 (From the ASV, Speaking of Lucifer) V.14 Thou wast the anointed cherub that covereth: and I (God) set thee, (so that) thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked (past-tense) up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till unrighteousness was found in thee.” (Ezek 28:15 NKJV has; “You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.” Ezek 28:15 (from New International Version) “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.”
Isaiah reveals more for us to see and calls him by the name Lucifer. Isa 14:12 NKJV says; "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” Why was this Lucifer, once a perfect being, now fallen from heaven? Because sin or wickedness was FOUND in him, as we read. The God who became Christ is actually the one who created Lucifer, as seen by John1:3. Christ records in Luke 10:18; "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” So He (Christ, as the Word God) was there when that happened. 2 Peter 2:4 tells us; “For if God did not spare the angels who sinned,” – then we read in Rev 12:7-9 that; “war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who (now) deceives the whole world; he was (past tense) cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Evil was first FOUND in Lucifer, now Satan the devil!
My friends, the world around us is rapidly changing since we have entered the end times. The causes of evil are sins against God (1John 3:4) and Satan the devil is the author of sin, confusing and twisting, actually perverting truth, which causes all evil. But he is doing that through demons and even human agents that are also now deceived by him! False Christianity has taught God’s Laws are largely done away but add in all these pagan festivals of dark time that are subtly and cunningly influenced by Satan the devil. That is our world today, unknown to most of mankind because they do not read and believe the Bible! James 4:7-8 tells us to “submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” It is Satan’s nature to rebel against God and influence you to do the same so that you will be destroyed. The Gospel reveals the plan of God for mankind, which the COG even today should be preaching. Time is running out now and we are quickly coming to the time when Satan knows he too is running out of time to rule this earth. (Rev.12:12) However, getting back to the subject of the causes of evil, we should now be able to see where they have come from—bringing us into this present evil age, as the apostle Paul wrote about some 1950 years ago. This present evil age is what many may also call the present Christian age. But real Christianity has been very small and persecuted by the god of this age, Satan the devil and his agents—the very being that lied to and deceived Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, has now deceived the whole world. That brought the death penalty on mankind, just as God had told Adam it would. Satan, as the god of this age is still blinding the minds of the majority, so that they do not see or understand the Bible or the Gospel.
Note this passage, mentioned earlier; 2Cor.4:3-4 is where the apostle Paul is revealing why we have all of the causes of evil on earth today, but for the majority it cannot be comprehended. V.3 “But even if our gospel is veiled, (Speaking of the true Gospel) it is veiled (or hidden) to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” Or come into their minds with any understanding. God had a plan, visualized from the beginning, and He is working that out. Many things are given to us through prophecy, for the few who will believe and follow GODS ways and be warned. Satan is the causes of all evil, as he subtly influences man to go against God, because he is now the enemy of God.
Now that you know this Biblical truth, what will YOU DO with it?