As any fan of the Senses Novels series knows, the books are about the seemingly endless battle between good and evil. But I have to wonder how many people have ever contemplated the real nature of evil as seen from God’s perspective? The Ten Commandments give us the rules that we are to adhere to and some insight into what God may consider to be acts of evil, but they are not the first or worst from what I can tell.
Back at the very beginning, we are given a clue as to the worst type of evil known to God. If you don’t remember, let me help you out:
Genesis 3:10-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
16 To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”
Sin is the greatest evil and sin is pure rebellion. Defying God is the worst thing that God says you can do. Today, people do more than just defy God, they mock Him. They take the rules that He set forth and twist them to their own ends. This isn’t new, it’s been going on since ancient times and every time it has happened disaster has followed.
The books talk about fighting the greatest threat or evil that mankind has ever faced. It is a huge, dark and overwhelming force that is invading our world. It is an allegory. A small handful are going to stand against it and fight it, to the death if necessary. Again, this is an allegory.
We all sin, every single living person on this planet. We can’t help it because it is physically impossible for us to keep all the rules and commandments that have been laid upon us. That was done on purpose because we were meant to present sacrifices before the Lord for the remission of our sin.
All of that was taken care of for us a little over two thousand years ago. A completely innocent man was tortured and hung on a cross of wood to die. This was His entire purpose for being born. Far too many people casually say, “…in Jesus’ name” at the end of their prayers. We all need reminding of who and what He IS.
When you invoke His name, you are calling on Him, asking Him to pay attention to what you are doing or saying. Think about that, what was your prayer, why were you asking Him to listen to you? What do you think His purpose is? When you pray, shouldn’t it be more than something casual?
The struggle is real, the fight will go on. We will all face evil in one form or another in our lives. Sometimes we will fall. It is the way of things. That is why He gave Himself for us. So that in falling, we will learn to lean on someone greater than ourselves.
Have a great week!