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. The first words spoken at the dawn of time brought forth the creation of light. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. With this sweeping command, God established two opposing forces, darkness and light, installing them both in his universe and featuring them in harmonious balance. These two appear to be perpetual enemies, yet God chose to set all his ensuing creation into schemes of their alternating power. By his design, darkness and light cooperate to clothe the universe. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
But light is the opposite of darkness, and darkness is the absence of light. Thus one defines the other. Without a region of darkness, light would escape detection, remaining inexpressible, unnoticed, and therefore unappreciated. Both light and dark must exist before either can be properly understood. Thus the Master sustains the darkness, to enable your comprehension of light. For he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Besides its opposition to darkness, light itself is also composed of two contrasting forces that revolve in delicate synergy. Light exists and propagates by continuously transforming itself from electrical energy into magnetic energy, and then back again. This transformation occurs about 500,000,000,000,000 times each second. Each of these energies flash as a tiny wave, each wave manifesting perpendicular to the other. And yet these alternating, contrary motions, combine to speed light on its way at over 186,000 miles per second, by far the fastest thing in the universe. Thus light itself is two opposing energies that work in concert, to accomplish a mutual and wonderful goal. With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
Delving still deeper, you find that both electrical and magnetic energies are each themselves composed of two opposing forces. They each contain a positive and negative polarity. Though plus and minus seem to be perpetual rivals, yet in the hand of God they cooperate in function and purpose, causing power to flow from one to the other, and back again in continuous amity.
In this design of cooperative contradictions, God hid the secret of his power and substance. Positive and negative join to make electricity. Electrical and magnetic energies combine to make light. Light and dark unite to cover the universe. So also, good and evil combine to make God- for his presence enfolds the constant interaction of these two opposing forces. Both these energies originate from within him, and work in unison to accomplish his purpose. I am the LORD, and there is none else. … I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
God is the creator of all good and all evil- these flow from his wisdom as torrents to his creation. Both are essential to his plans. Every good and evil spirit was created by God. He sustains every device of terror and tranquillity. Every virtuous and malignant thought was first fashioned in his mind. See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
On the grand scale of God’s wisdom, evil is not counterproductive. It is not in competition with God. It is not contrary to his wishes. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? Evil is a portion of God’s power, just as is good. The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. Good and evil are opposite energies that function as a unified force to accomplish the purpose of God. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
Evil is the force that illuminates the benevolence of good. Like darkness and light, they are mutually defined, with the understanding of one, being based on the other. Like opposite ends of a ruler, both must be known if you are to measure the distance that divides them. Thus you must first experience evil, if you are ever to comprehend the dimensions of good. Without a knowledge of evil, good will always be found thoughtlessly strewn on the floor of ingratitude, as an ineffable, unrecognized blessing.
Good and evil are thus tutors for your education, and their mastery is essential if you are ever to comprehend the totality of God, for he is composed of both. If you knew only good and nothing more, you would be excluded from the deepest fellowship with your Heavenly Father, for his depth would always elude you. If you are to know him intimately, you must have a personal, experiential knowledge of both good and evil. Thus evil is the progenitor of gratitude, the interpreter of good, and a prerequisite for entering a complete understanding of God.