the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called
the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world....
Not long after God created the
heavens and the earth, one of His most beautiful and
powerful angels became jealous of Him. This angel,
named Lucifer, determined that he would overthrow
God, taking for himself Gods honor and power.
He reasoned that the best way to do this was to destroy
mankinds relationship with God. For Lucifer
supposed that if he could trick mankind into thinking
that God was not good, then they would turn
against God. They would see Him as cruel and unfair,
unworthy to be obeyed.
Then Lucifer himself would come to
mankind, convincing them that he would give them true freedom
and power. But once they followed him, he would use them
as his slaves to do his bidding!
God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,
and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart
was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)
Now God had said to the man and woman
whom He created, that they may eat from the fruit of any
tree in the garden where they lived except for one. From
the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil they were never
to eat. For in the day they ate from it they would die.
So then, Lucifer (now called Satan) used a clever serpent
in the garden to lie to the woman. You will surely
not die, he said. But God knows that in the
day you eat it you will be as God! The woman believed
the lie of the serpent and took a bite of the forbidden
fruit. She even gave it to the man, her husband, and he
tasted it also. Then immediately they saw their mistake,
for they felt utterly dark inside, with the sense that they
had done something very evil. Instead of becoming like God,
they felt angry and defiled. Gone was the purity of love
they had before. In fact, from this point on, the man and
the woman and all their descendentsall of mankindwould
experience evil desires in their hearts. They would no longer
feel close to God who made them. Instead they would feel
unclean and unworthy. Every generation had the same problems,
till the earth finally became filled with evil because of
is appointed for men once to die, but after this the judgment
But God, being ruler over all the
universe, was very pure and hated wickedness. He could not
let evil go unpunished, for if He did, it would destroy
all His creation. And so, God punished mankind for their
disobedience. Just as He had warned them that eating the
forbidden fruit would produce death, so they would be punished
with both physical and eternal death for their wrong doing.
Now physical death is when the spirit is cut off from the
body. The body then decays to dust during which time the
spirit goes to a place of gloom under the ground. Eternal
death is the final suffering of both body and spirit, reunited,
in dreadful flames of fire for all eternity.
Yet God did not want mankind to suffer
eternal death. After all, He made them to be His offspring,
the highest of His creation. So here was Gods problem.
He loved them and wished to win them back to Himself, offering
them eternal life. Yet because He could never go against
His own purity and justice, He had to punish them as they
deservedwith eternal death. But if He did this He
would lose them forever! How could He possibly save them
if He indeed must condemn them?
(The punishment of Satan and the angels
who followed him is told in the seventh jewel, The End.)
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