In recent weeks the tentacles of evil have manifest themselves in the mass murder of innocent people. Voluminous commentary has filled the air waves and printed pages of news publications, all generally calling for the enactment of some governmental regulatory action. Specifically, one commentator stated that legislation must be passed to prevent evil from occurring. Such a statement is evidence to the lack of knowledge that individuals possess concerning the historical record of evil perpetrated against humanity.
The first occurrence of evil in human history was seen in the Garden as Satan deceived the woman with a lie. Evil spread rapidly and established itself in the human race to such an extent that … “The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them” (Gen 6:6-7 NIV).
Secular and Biblical history records the Flood as God administered judgment against evil. It was not long thereafter that the repopulated earth of that day was once again practicing that which was contrary to God’s instructions. "Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth” (Gen 11:4-9 NASB).
The people of that day had arrogantly ignored God’s instructions and darkness prevailed. Rejection of Truth brings darkness and resultant evil, a principle that continues into the present. Jesus said … “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God" (John 3:20-21 NIV).
The Psalmist wrote … “You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low. You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light” (2 Sam 22:28-29 NIV).
During His earthly ministry … “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12 NIV). Only the light of the gospel can change the wickedness that resides within mankind.
To deny that is evil in itself, for Scripture states …The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” (Jer 17:9 KJV)? The answer follows… “I the LORD search the heart” (Jer 17:10 KJV).
Man needs a new heart, not physical in nature, but a new way of thinking. That comes by faith in the Person of Christ so that one’s thinking can be transformed through the power of the Word. The day will come when Christ Himself puts an end to all evil. Until then … “You [Christians] are the light of the world … let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matt 5:14, 16 NIV).