The Great Controversy (ES05)

THE GREAT CONTROVERSY

So many people are being mislead by fake news, conspiracy theories, beautiful and tempting lies. Did you know that Jesus exposed Satan as being “the father of lies"? Let us see the great controversy between good and evil!

ALL THINGS WERE VERY GOOD (IN THE BEGINNING)

By now you’ve read a lot of things about beginnings. Genesis started with “in the beginning God created…" God makes all things perfect, and there’s no factory recall for safety and defects. In fact, Genesis 1:31 it even says: “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good."

If you remember now the first lines of John, in there we found Jesus working hand in hand with the Father. Even more, “all things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:3). The beautiful part is that “in him was life, and the life was the light…" (v. 4).

In other words, when life on this planet was launched (so to speak), everything was amazing, working perfectly, in a blessed harmony. Yet, as we’ve learned in lesson 4, some evil happened. And here we face a hard question… Who made the evil? A corollary would be: why was evil allowed to happen, or for that matter, to exist? Why so much suffering?

Viktor E. Frankl
Concentration Camp Survivor
“My concern was different from that of most of my comrades. Their question was 'Will we survive the camp? For, if not, all this suffering has no meaning.' The question which beset me was, 'Has all this suffering, this dying around us, a meaning? For, if not, then ultimately there is no meaning to survival.'”

WHO MADE THE EVIL?

When things are all fine, everybody wants to get the credit for. However, when something bad happens, each one involved will try finding an escape, an excuse, an alibi. Remember your mother’s face when asking: who broke the vase? (And your… it wasn’t me kind of answer!)

God inquired Adam. The man blamed the woman.

God checked with the woman. The woman blamed the serpent.

God did not ask the serpent. It was pointless. Why?

There was nothing new… As the war had started in heaven, long time ago (Revelation 12:7), the old Serpent was known – portrayed as a Dragon, known by the names of Satan, or the Devil. Deceiving a third of the angels (Revelation 12:3-4), he was cast down on our world. And it was obvious now that a new chapter of the Great Controversy was to be performed on the new planet Earth. “I will put enmity between you [serpent] and the woman" (Genesis 3:15), said God, introducing us to the big picture. The cosmic conflict was coming to Earth, a real war in our tiny world, a miniature and yet the final stage of the great struggle between the good and the evil.

John, the Apostle
writing the Apocalypse
"Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven."

WHAT WE BELIEVE?

We believe that all humanity is now involved in a great controversy between Christ and Satan regarding the character of God, His law, and His sovereignty over the universe.

This conflict originated in heaven when a created being, endowed with freedom of choice, in self-exaltation became Satan, God’s adversary, and led into rebellion a portion of the angels. He introduced the spirit of rebellion into this world when he led Adam and Eve into sin. This human sin resulted in the distortion of the image of God in humanity, the disordering of the created world, and its eventual devastation at the time of the global flood.

Jesus came into this world to defeat Satan, to testify for and vindicate God’s true caracter and to save a people that will not bow down to evil.

To support this belief, please take a look at the following Bible texts. (They come as answers to some key questions for understanding the whole plot.)

Are there other worlds in the universe? Job 1:6-12
Were they there before our world was created? Job 38:4-7
Was Lucifer created perfect? Ezekiel 28:12-19
Why did Lucifer fall? Isaiah 14:12-14
Fallen to the earth. Luke 10:18
Deceiver of all mankind. Revelation 12:9
Jesus came into this world to defeat evil. Matthew 4:1-11
Our sinful world is led by Satan. Ephesians 2:1-3
Will we overcome in such a great controversy? Revelation 12:10-11
Will Satan (evil, suffering etc.) be forever? Revelation 20:7-10

90 SECONDS VIDEO - THE GREAT CONTROVERSY

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HOMEWORK

For this specific lesson of Bible Study Class (BSC) there is no specific book to read. ALL the Bible is permeated with the theme of the Great Controversy. So, in a way, you must read it from Genesis to Revelation and learn the truth, the big picture and the important details of the Great War in heaven and on earth.

Remember how we started this lesson?

So many people are being mislead by fake news, conspiracy theories, beautiful or tempting lies. Did you know that Jesus exposed Satan as being “the father of lies"? Let us see the great controversy between good and evil!

We invite you to watch for Essentials #05 – The Great Controversy a beautiful film made by Amazing Facts. Indeed, spare the Netflix and switch to YouTube. Give yourself a break of 40 minutes to see the whole story and get the bigger picture – The Cosmic Conflict.

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