Defining ‘Evil’ Part 1
Light and Dark…… Good and Evil
Because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, ‘we’ inherited the knowledge of good and evil. In theory, one might theorize that before the ‘Fall’, Adam and Eve were aware of only good. Everything around them, the entire organic environment, their mental/emotional/physical awareness/spiritual being only consisted of the knowledge of ‘good’. Maybe they didn’t realize how good ‘good ‘was or what good was prior to their gaining awareness and knowledge of evil. A consequence of the Fall created the knowledge and contrast between good and evil.
So what happened? God assigned consequences to Adam and Eve’s disobedience. Severe consequences. Penalties were installed and enforced. Not just for Adam and Eve, but for ‘all’. Wow. Sounds ‘way over the top’ severe. To come to understand why it was not ‘too’ severe and to actually come to accept that the penalties were right and fair, one must undertake a larger theological journey through the whole of the bible to ‘come to’ experience and understand the full nature and attributes of God. In such study, one comes to see that God is Holy. And to come to understand what it means that He is Holy, we have to experientially travel through the attributes of His love and mercy. In that journey we experience that He is kind and gracious and tender and patient. We learn that His love and mercy are always manifest to us before we experience His judgment. We cannot fully ever come to understand His attribute of judgment ‘until’ we know and experience His love. It is only in personally coming to the knowledge of His love that we can understand the attribute of judgment. God’s laws and manifestations of love and mercy always precede (trump) the law and manifestation of judgment. Only when we experience His Love can we begin to understand the revelation of His Holiness.
Thus the entrance of evil. The entrance of darkness into the light.
Romans 8:20-23 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope, that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
(more coming in Defining Evil – Part 2)