Evil (Origin)

Seventh-day Adventists believe that moral evil originated in heaven prior to the creation of our world, when Lucifer, most exalted of the angels, became jealous of the Son of God and rebelled against divine authority; that evil is thus defiance of God and a revolt against His righteous authority and goodness. They hold that although the Bible makes no propositional, definitive statement concerning the origin of evil, two OT passages allude to the event in highly figurative language. Under the figure of the king of Tyre, Eze. 28:12–19 portrays Lucifer, as Satan is known prior to his rebellion, as a covering cherub who, though “full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty,” became “corrupted” and was cast “out of the mountain of God.” Isa. 14:12–14 describes Lucifer under the figure...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.