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The Origins Of Evil 1
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The Supernatural Face Of Evil
The Bible does not speculate about the origins of evil. Instead we see two pictures of rebellion against God -
• first in HEAVEN
• then on EARTH
A. Rebellion in Heaven: ISAIAH 14:12-17; EZEKIEL 28:13-19
These two passages begin with a description of God's anger at two earthly kings - The King of Babylon and the King of Tyre - both of them implacably hostile to God's chosen people, Israel. But closer inspection shows they cannot be referring to a human being. In each case we see a picture of a supernatural being.
The table below summarises the characteristics of the angelic being before and after his rebellion.
|BEFORE the rebellion||
AFTER the rebellion
You were in Eden, the garden of
God, adorned with precious stones.
Your heart became proud
because of your beauty
You were anointed as a guardian cherub.
You were on God's holy mountain
& walked among the fiery stones.
I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God & expelled you, guardian cherub, from among
the fiery stones.
You were blameless in your ways
I threw you to the earth.
cf LUKE 10:17-19