Sunday, May 22, 2005
The Dark Side of God
It is out of God’s goodness that He created us with the intention that we should become His children. In our original created state we were very good. We were very good but we were not yet the children God wanted for His household.
The Father had already shown that loving children could not be produced by direct creation. This is the lesson of the demons and Satan. If created beings could rebel against God even while living in His direct presence then creation would not produce the children God wanted. No, the children suited for God’s house would have to be born into His family. Further, these birthed children would have to be born by God’s Spirit being placed in them in response to their free will choice.
Out of this intention to create (birth) a family a potential for evil arises. The only way that anyone can make choices that have any significance is to be able to choose freely between options. These options must be equally available to the individual. This is true of both people and God. To say that God is good (Psalm 34:8) implies that God possesses the ability to choose between good and evil. If God could not choose either good or evil then he would be amoral. In this way God would be no different than gravity or electricity.
It is only in choosing of good and rejecting evil that one can be considered “good.” The dark side of God resides in just this fact. The dark side of God is God’s “NO” to evil because He has freely chosen to say “YES” to goodness and holiness. In choosing to be good God has eternally rejected evil.
There was no force that compelled the Father to make this choice. God is purely self contained and does whatever He pleases. It pleases the Father to be (choose) good.This brings us back to the original misconception that God would create anything “bad.” If this is so, where did Satan come from? Clearly God created Satan (Ezekiel 28:15). Just as certainly, the Father knew full well what Satan would turn into. The creation and corruption of Satan parallels humanity’s history. We were both created “very good” and we both were corrupted by our own choice.