Let’s talk about evil

Key verses:
“Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”
Ezekiel 28:12-15

In these verses we see a description of the king of Tyrus as having been in heaven with God. This isn’t possible, so the use of “king of Tyrus” here is an analogy, or a type, for Satan. The description fits much better to Satan than it does to an earthly king. We see therefore that Satan was in fact perfect when he was created, but iniquity was found in him. This is the source of all sin and along with it, all evil.

What is the purpose of evil? Some say that evil has some purpose in the world; that without evil, we would not see the good for what it is. Others say that evil is the divine retribution meted out upon the unrepentant sinners. Still others claim, even in the churches, that evil is the result of our own fallen nature, and a necessary part of God’s plan.

What is the purpose in a child dying of cancer? What is the meaning in her suffering? Does the good in the world look better when put in contrast with her wilting soul? Is God punishing her and her family for some sin they have committed? Is cancer just a natural part of life and we should just learn to live with it? Where is the justice in suffering? Where is God’s love in pain?

Ellen White states in The Great Controversy: “It is impossible to explain the origin of sin so as to give a reason for its existence. . . . Sin is an intruder, for whose presence no reason can be given. It is mysterious, unaccountable; to excuse it is to defend it. Could excuse for it be found, or cause be shown for its existence, it would cease to be sin.” (pp. 492,493)

As we saw in the key verse, Satan had absolutely no reason to rebel. God gave him everything he could have possibly wanted. Satan’s position in heaven was just below God’s, just as Joseph’s station was right below Pharaoh’s. Joseph had control of everything in Egypt, save for the crown, and he humbled himself and served Pharaoh with all the wisdom that God granted him. Satan had control of everything in heaven and earth save for the throne of God, but he did not humble himself and chose to lead a rebellion for the throne.

Political uprisings in the world are a carbon copy of Satan’s first rebellion in heaven. The will of the people is used as an excuse to topple God’s appointed servants, peacefully or with bloodshed. The disease, murders, thefts, perversions, and all manner of other sins are a direct result of Satan’s rebellion. He is the cause of our suffering, not God. Let’s lay the blame at the feet of the one responsible for our suffering. His time is short, and he is walking about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

He is desperate to destroy the faith of God’s chosen people by leading us to believe that God is the one responsible for all the suffering in the world. The way he manages to achieve this is by creating even more suffering, mayhem, and destruction. Our world is breaking up at the seams, and we all point our finger to God, asking what is the purpose. Why does a loving God allow this evil to exist?

The answer, as we see from The Great Controversy, is that there is no purpose. God’s plan does not include sin or evil. God is good, and all that He made was good, including Satan (see Ezekiel 28:15). When you see suffering, know that God is crying along with those in pain. Know that He is looking forward to the day when He will wipe away all tears from our eyes, a day when there shall be no more death, sorrow, crying, nor pain (Revelation 21:4).

Our Lord is returning soon my friends. Let’s welcome Him with hosannas and hallelujahs. Never forget that God is fighting for us, not against us. He is true to His word. He is the only good that there is, the only one who may be called righteous. He is the only living God, the Alpha and the Omega, and the only one worthy of praise.