The virus was a corkscrew affair, a skinny spiral with a tiny pod at one end. Highly contagious, it fell from an alien worldand landed in Eden. Eve was infected first. Succumbing to its poison, a helpless sigh wisped from her throat, a woundedweep of death mingled with sweetness. Then cold her body convulsed, and collapsed to the earth in a fleshy heap.
Deadly, infectious, the virus began to replicate. The contagion spread quickly from Eve to her husband, and then to their children, as the Adamic race was plunged into physical and spiritual death.
Today this same malignant disease is still loose upon the earth. All mankind is infected and the mortality rate is 100%. It multiplies in the mind, and then overwhelms the spirit. The infection is swift, lethal, the virus cunning and virulent, a concert of constant mutation ever surviving in ingenious modes of new expression.
The onset is void of symptoms, each young host feeling self-directed and in control of his destiny. Later indications are confusion, idolatry, immorality, failure, and aging.
The virus secretes a sugary anesthetic, affection for the things of the world. Advanced cases appear increasingly numbed by the saccharine of temporal accomplishments. Death follows quickly, often accompanied by a sickening sweet delusion of self-satisfaction, and the spirit departs, rarely ever sensing the true purpose of its visit. This disease is “Evil,” and this is the Mystery of Iniquity.
From ancient times, the purpose of evil has been sought as an urgent serum. Discovery of a benevolent motive, hiding in its folds, might assuage the pain of earthly life, upholstering its rubble with comfort and meaning.
The doctors of divinity, convened in postmortem, have long tried to isolate the cause of Adam’s demise and to explain the epidemic of evil. Superstitions of every sort have been proffered, the most common being to blame the Devil, declaring that his purpose is contrary to his maker. Beyond that, many charge individual men, asserting they are the Devil’s tools.
But these lame excuses are incomplete, and demeaning to an all sovereign God. And still, there is no religious doctrine that has been able to synthesize a cure- because there is no cure for the working of God. And the profusion of theological fables has only further obscured his true purpose, in the Mystery of Iniquity. Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? Wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously? Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root.There was a time when only the presence of God occupied the empty space where creation now resides. He appeared as an immense stream of elliptical plasma, a galactic swirl, adorned with momentary webs of cerulean iridescence. There he hovered in the dark stillness, a churning storm of incandescent power, the repository of every idea.
Then, all things existed only as dreams, an intangible animation, a coloring of creatures and objects yet to be. There, in the darkness, eons before time began, God the Ever-Living One pulsed in silent thought, boldly considering his next spectacle.
Look out on a starry night and peer into another realm. That great void between the stars is filled with an interstellar Supreme Being. This supernatural force is the creator and sustainer of all things, visible and secret. I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself. By his sagacious power he formed every physical and spirit entity in existence, and now they live to accomplish his pleasure. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
God is not sanctimonious religion. He is not long robes and longer faces. He is not solemn ceremonies, traditions, or theology. God is science and fact. He is real. He is an extraterrestrial spirit being who exists as the source of all energy. He dwells in your presence; his coddling work surrounds you at this moment. All that you can perceive materialized from the mind of God. Good and evil, success and failure, life and death, they all declare his divine purpose. Finding this purpose will reveal his cosmic plan, shatter your limitations, and thrust you in to a utopia where God fills every atom in existence, and every blink of daily life. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.