God is love. Out of this love, He created a universe full of harmony, peace, joy, and more love. He filled the space of the universe with beings who were created to grow in happiness, service, and love. However, this perfect order was disrupted by an illogical rebellion in heaven against the Creator, who was accused of demanding strict obedience. Moreover, the Creatorâ€™s high standards were interpreted as the demands of a tyrant. The law of love was misrepresented as a restriction of freedom. The result was war in heaven (Revelation 12:7).
What had been previously unbelievable became a tragic reality. The wise and beautiful creature, the anointed guardian cherub (Hebrew: kerub mimshakh hasokek; Ezek. 28:14, RSV), called â€śLucifer, son of the morningâ€ť (Hebrew: helel ben shakhar; Isaiah 14:12, NKJV)â€”also translated as â€śthe shining one,â€ť â€śthe morning star,â€ť or â€śthe son of the dawnâ€ťâ€”rose up against the eternal, holy, caring, and loving Creator and presented unjustifiable accusations to exalt himself. Luciferâ€™s self centeredness, charm, lies, deceit, and selfishness divided the angels and destroyed the perfect peace of heaven.
God, in His infinite wisdom, reacted by respecting Luciferâ€™s choice, thus enabling all intelligent beings to understand the destructive nature of evil, which at first glance could look attractive. Ultimately, a created being attacked his Creator, and disorder was born. The one who should have protected Godâ€™s government and its law was overthrowing its principles of respect and love in such a cunning way that even angels were confused in their loyalty to God. God, by accepting individual choice,
demonstrated that He respected personal freedom but could not condone the destruction of life, its values, and principles of goodness.
Panel members: Lorraine McDonald, Clive Ferguson, Beverley Brown
Hosted by: Lorraine McDonald
Aired: Saturday 1 October 2022 9am-11am