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Angels are not the cause of evil

Philo, a Jewish philosopher born in 20 B.C., wrestled with the question of who God was speaking to when He said, “Let us make man in our own image” (Genesis 1:26). Because the concept of the Trinity was yet unheard of, Philo believed God was talking to heavenly entities, such as angels, He had created in heaven.

For Philo, including these limited entities in the creation process, explained why evil is found in mankind. The good parts were made by God, the errant parts were made by those whom God included when He said, “Let us …”

His view gives an interesting twist to an age-old question — how could mankind, created by God in His image, turn out so twisted? It provides a new source to blame for our deviant behavior. What once was reserved for Satan and his demons can now fall to the angels in Heaven. The angels made us defective!

Fortunately, Philo’s thoughts were replaced by our understanding of the Trinity. The “us” with whom God was speaking was the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Humankind was created by God alone, in His image.

Evil entered into mankind when we chose to disobey God, not because our original creation was defective. Yet we still blame others for our condition. Satan, demons, parents, neighbors, bad influences, social/economic environments, genetics, etc. all receive our blame. But as James wrote in his epistle (1:13-15), we sin because we follow our evil desires. The angels have nothing to do with it.

Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.