origin of evil

To many minds the origin of sin and the reason for its existence are a great source of perplexity . They see the work of evil , with its terrible results of woe and desolation , and they question how all this can exist under the sovereignty of One who is infinite in wisdom , in power , and in love . Here is a mystery of which they find no explanation . And in their uncertainty and doubt they are blinded to truths plainly revealed in God's Word and essential to salvation . There are those who, in their inquiries concerning the existence of sin, endeavor to search into that which God has never revealed ; hence they find no solution of their difficulties ; such as are actuated by a disposition to doubt and cavil seize upon this as an excuse for rejecting the words of Holy Writ . Others , however , fail of a satisfactory understanding of the great problem of evil , from the fact that tradition and misinterpretation have obscured the teaching of the Bible concerning the character of God ,the nature of HIS government , and the principles of HIS dealing with sin .

It is impossible to explain the origin of sin so as to give a reason for its existence . Yet enough may be understood concerning both the origin and the final disposition of sin to make fully manifest the justice and benevolence of God in all HIS dealings with evil . Nothing is more plainly taught in Scriptures that God was in no wise responsible for the entrance of sin ; that there was no arbitrary withdrawal of divine grace , no deficiency in the divine government , that gave occasion for the uprising of rebellion . Sin is an intruder, for whose presence no reason can be given . It is mysterious, unaccountable ; to excuse it is to defend it . Could excuse for it be found , or cause be found , or cause be shown for its existence , it would cease to be sin . Our only definition of sin is that given in the Word of God ; it is “ the transgression of
THE LAW ; ” it is the outworking of a principle at war with the great law of love which is the foundation of the divine government . yellow star Before the entrance of evil , there was peace and joy throughout the universe . All was in perfect harmony with the Creator's will . Love for God was supreme , love for one another impartial .     next page

Texts " Origin of Evil " , are from " The Great Controversy " , a book written by Ellen G. White who worked within the Seventh-day Adventist Church .