The virus was a corkscrew affair, a skinny spiral with a tiny pod at one end. Highly contagious, it fell from an alien world and landed in Eden. Eve was infected first. Succumbing to its poison, a helpless sigh whisped from her throat, a wounded weep 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, 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, an 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.
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 tranquility. 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.
Although they appear to be in conflict, good & evil actually oscillate in harmony, to propagate the love of God. Before any evil can be expressed, it must first pass through the infinite layers of God’s goodness. There it is tempered by his purpose and targeted to the ultimate production of lovingkindness. Every evil ever allowed will one day produce more of God’s love. Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. Like the negative terminal on a battery, evil represents a lack, or desperate need for God. As good flows into it, a spiritual current of love is created. Thus the opposite polarities of good & evil are both necessary to spark the creation of God’s love. Between these two opposing forces, the essence of deity is generated. Love ye your enemies and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
The love of God is like a whirling fire, a spinning vortex that is fueled by good and evil. When God allows an evil to be manifest, he creates a need. This need is like a deficit of love. God’s love then dispatches forgiveness to fill this need. When forgiveness encounters the face of evil and interacts with its hardened surface, the forgiveness is transformed into new love. This newly generated love satisfies the deficit and annuls the evil. The love then arcs back to God, completing a circuit of primal power. Evil demands forgiveness, which generates new love. Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Then the cycle begins again with renewed momentum. Evil is manifest. Love conceives and dispatches forgiveness. The forgiveness is transformed into new love, which counteracts the evil. The new love brings forth more forgiveness, and on it goes, the cycle spinning as a fiery tempest of self-perpetuating splendor.
Good and evil thus form a reactor for the production of God’s love. And this love is the substance of God. Love, agape-love, is not merely one of God’s attributes. It is the sum total of his essence. It is the material of which he is composed. God is love (agape); and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God. This is the mysterious purpose, divine in inspiration and glorious in consequence, that lurks in the heart of evil. Evil mandates the eventual birth of God’s divine substance, in those who experience it. Without evil, the process could never begin. No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. When evil is allowed, God has purposed to bring more of himself into being, inside those who are trained by its pain, as they are spun into begotten agape-love. For love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God.