The other day I was sitting watching a security monitor monitoring an area in the dark in the early morning before dawn. Then I watched as the sun rose and the grayness was overtaken by the colors of the morning. It reminded me of the fact that without light, there are no colors. I thought about how the first thing that God made was light and that all of the colors of the rainbow would not have existed if God had not proclaimed, “Let there be light!”
There is nothing in the Bible that says that God created darkness. God created light, but not darkness. Darkness is the absence of light and exists only in light’s absence. God separated the light from the darkness. Where light exists, darkness has to flee. God created Satan as an angel of light, but Satan chose to step outside of the light to which he was created and chose to darkness. Man in the process also chose to walk in darkness because he too wanted to determine his own destiny separate from God’s light.
As God continued to create, he used those colors from the light to produce all of the plants and then the animals. After man fell and Noah’s family and the animals were saved on the ark, God provided the rainbow to let everyone know of his promise never again to flood the entire earth. Man however still struggled with his separation from God. He could find no way to reconcile himself to God. God had to help many find his way back to God.
Did God Create Evil?
As I have been meditating the past few days about the light and the darkness, I had a paradigm understanding of good and evil as well. In my understanding, the light not only represents physical light, but spiritual light as well. This spiritual light is goodness or love. In the Bible, evil is always associated with darkness and goodness is always associated with what is “good”. “God is good.”. If God is good, then everything associated with God must also be good. The word says that those who doe not accept God’s good plan for salvation will be cast into utter darkness. God created the light and it was good. As stated earlier, God did not create the darkness. The darkness was already here. God did not create darkness therefore, if evil is associated with the darkness, then God did not create evil. Because it is associated with darkness, evil pre-existed the light as well.
When God made human beings, he made them perfect mirrors of the God head. However, God made it clear that he (God) was the authority and that man was his creation. One of his creations, however got the idea that somehow he could usurp the authority of his creator. This creation was the archangel Lucifer who was the chief musician among the angels. He decided that he wanted to be in control rather than recognizing the authority that God had over him. He convinced a third of the angels to join him. He then went to earth in the form of a Serpent to convince man,God’s prize creation, to join them. He met the woman near the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil . He tricked the woman into disobeying God and eating of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He asked her if God really said not to eat of that tree. She said that yes, God said not to eat of it, but also that she should not even touch it. She added to what God had told them. God had said not to eat of the tree. He didn’t say anything about touching the tree. She already knew good because she knew the light and goodness of God. She did not know evil. God’s light separated her from that evil. By taking the fruit of that tree, Adam and Eve knew that by disobeying God, they experienced the darkness of evil.
I know that what I am going to say goes against what a lot of churches teach. I have a Dake Bible where the commentator says that Lucifer fell in a previous creation of the earth, but I really don’t see that as being true because it was Adam’s sin that caused death to come to earth. I believe that it was this act of rebellion for both man and Lucifer that caused sin to come into the world. Both brought the darkness of evil into the world by their disobedience. After eating of the tree, both Adam and Eve realized that they were naked. They were no longer clothed in God’s light. They no longer saw themselves as good and when God came into the garden, they had to cover themselves.
Amid all the curses that came upon Adam and Eve, God promised that he would send the seed of a woman to crush the serpent’s head.
God chose to come into the world as a baby. in the form of Jesus Christ.
Jesus said that he was the light of the world.
Be ye in the light as he is in the light.
Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church 1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm. As Author Cygnet Brown, she has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga