Monday, January 27, 2014

Are There Degrees of Evil?

Are There Degrees of Evil?

a graphic by Erika Grey titled at the bottom in large capital letters Degrees of Evil with a red background.  On top it says Scale and a bar with an arrow in it with the arrow pointing upward.  Lines come from the side of the bar getting thicker and longer as they go up the scale. They read as the degrees of evil, bad, real bad, evil, beyond evil, from the recesses of hell and parity with the devil being at the top of the scale.
Are there degrees of evil

Are there degrees of evil in the Bible?  My answer is yes there are degrees of evil in the Bible. We know that all men are sinners and the Bible tells us that the heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  We are all sinners and we are prone to have sinful thoughts and actions.  

But, we read in Proverbs 6:12-19 about a worthless and wicked person.  In the passage  we read of arrogance, lying, deceit, sowing of discord, feet swift to turn to evil and devising wicked plans and committing murder.   

This is the Bible’s description of a psychopath and this is  a person who has gone beyond being a sinner to becoming evil. This person has no good left in them.  When I authored my true crime story, the Wind Cries Mary, and I wrote about serial killers, I wondered if there was any decency in them.  People  in life who seemed evil I used to think that underneath was a wounded person who was not all bad.  I realized I was wrong.  The final degree of evil in the Bible is attributed to Judas Iscariot and the Antichrist.   These two men are so wicked the Devil personally enters them.  The Antichrist is referred to as vile.  So we go from sinful, to wicked to vile. Judas was a deceiver, a thief, a betrayer whose god was a buck and who was taken over by greed.  The Antichrist is the embodiment of all evil and stands against God and Christ  and declares that he is god.  We know that he will mass murder innocents, commit the ultimate idolatry and he is a master deceiver.

So from what I can see in the Bible there are varying degrees of sinful, evil and vile.   Evil brings consequences and judgment  Both a person who is sinful who then has entered the realm of evil can be saved.  If an evil person gets saved they will stop their evil and work to improve their inner self.  The Bible says that by their fruits you will know them. Many psychopaths enter the church as angels of light.  The litmus test for all believers is their fruit. On the flip side some people put ridiculously high expectations on those who are born again Christians who are basically redeemed sinners. 

Concerning sinners, being a sinner, will keep you out of heaven, being evil will bring judgment into your life and your deeds back on your own head.  The next level, being vile, well that gets a certain person thrown bodily into the lake of fire.

Here is the Bible's Message of Hope for all sinners.