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The Origin of Evil


The Being Who Sinned First

With whom did sin originate?

“He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”

1 John 3:8.

Note - Without the Bible, the question of the origin of evil would remain unexplained.


From what time has the devil been a murderer?

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44. 

What is the devil’s relationship to lying?

“When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Verse 44.  

Was Satan created sinful?

“You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.” Ezekiel 28:15.

Note – Ezekiel here refers to Satan under the figure “king of Tyrus.” (See verse 12.) This, and the statement in John 8:44, that he “abode not in the truth,” show that Satan was once perfect, and in the truth. Peter speaks of “the angels that sinned” (2 Peter 2:4); and Jude refers to “the angels that kept their first estate” (Jude 6). These angels were once in a state of sinlessness. 

What further statement of Christ seems to lay the responsibility for the origin of sin upon Satan and his angels?

“Then he will say to those on his left. ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41.   

Satan and Christ Contrasted

What led to Satan’s sin, rebellion, and downfall? 

Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle out of you before kings.” Ezekiel 28:17. “You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of the assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the top of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” Isaiah 14:13,14.

Note – In a word, pride and self-exaltation led to Satan’s downfall, and for those there is no justification or adequate excuse. “Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18.  Hence, while we may know of the origin, cause, character, and results of evil, no good or sufficient reason or excuse can be given for it. To excuse it is to justify it; and the moment it is justified, it ceases to be sin. All sin is a manifestation of selfishness in some form, and its results finally in its utter abandonment and banishment forever, by all created intelligences, throughout the entire universe of God. Only those who stubbornly cling to sin will be destroyed with it. The wicked will be destroyed, root and branch (Malachi 4:1), and the righteous shall “shine as the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3).

In contrast with the pride and self-exaltation exhibited by Satan, what spirit did Christ manifest?

“Who, being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in the likeness as a man humbled himself and became obedient unto death – even death on the cross! Philippians 2: 6-8. 

After man had sinned, how did God show His love and His willingness to forgive?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.


Up and Down


In heaven Satan sought to lift himself up above God. He was cast down to earth. On earth Jesus humbled Himself and was exalted to the right hand of the Majesty inn the heavens. We who would go up to heaven must first go down to the cross – that old rugged cross, where Jesus died for sin and where we die to sin.  

Glory to His Name

Down at the cross where my Savior died,

Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,

There to my heart was the blood applied,

Glory to His name.


I am so wondrously saved from sin,

Jesus so sweetly abides within,

There at the cross where He took me in,

Glory to His name.


O precious Fountain that saves from sin!

I am so glad I have entered in;

There Jesus saves me and keeps me clean;

Glory to His name.


Come to this Fountain so rich and sweet;

Cast they poor soul at the Savior’s feet;

Plunge in today and be made complete;

Glory to His name.


                                                                            - E.A. Hoffman.



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