The origin of evil

There’s another reason Adam and Eve rebelled against God. They not only exercised their free will, but they were also tempted by Satan in the form of a serpent. Recall the Christian worldview includes natural and supernatural realms. Whereas the evolutionist has no supernatural realm and no room for angels and demons, Christianity can explain why cultures all over the world believe in spirits. Or why today the Roman Catholic church (and other denominations) perform exorcisms and deliverance ministry on demon-possessed people. For example, the Roman Catholic Church’s New York archdiocese investigates about 40 cases per year and performs exorcisms in about 10% of the cases after ruling out physical or psychological problems. If there’s no supernatural realm of the demonic, what is going on here?

Satan originally was created perfect, and served God as an angel, until he rebelled in pride, as recorded in Ezekiel 28:14-17. (Some Bible commentators believe that this prophecy uses Satan’s fall from heaven in pride as a comparison to an arrogant king on earth.)  “You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.”

Here is the origin of the devil, and the tempter of Adam and Eve. Satan rebelled against a holy God because “wickedness was found” in him, namely violence and pride. It sounds like this angel didn’t want to follow God, but “do his own thing.” This is the source of evil in the world.

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