I believe when God created Adam, Adam did not know good and evil. He had to receive the concept of good and evil. God said to Adam, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”  From that day on, Adam developed this logic:

      1. God determines what is good and evil.

      2. Whoever does evil will die.

      Conclusion: God loves good, but hates evil; therefore, God sets good and evil according to His desire.  When people are tempted by evil, they must consider the consequences.  For those who do good, there is no restraint. They can walk freely with God.


      When the devil tempted Eve, he gave her a different logic:

      "You will not certainly die; for God knows that when you eat from it, your eyes will be opened; and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

        1. People can determine good and evil for themselves.

        2. What is profitable is good, and vice versa is evil.  

        Conclusion: As long as you pursue what is profitable, you are doing good; you will not die. In other words, God's view of good and evil is unacceptable.  

         This is really a "wicked idea."  No wonder the world has gone insane. As a result, Eve stood under the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. All she considered were the many benefits that she would gain from eating its fruit.


         We Christians must guard against these "wicked ideas."  The two most common traps are "white lies" and "tithes."  

          A "white lie" is an attempt to use false and misleading information to achieve a good goal.  What is the difference between this, and "achieving a goal unscrupulously?  When those so-called white lies cause negative-effects, people still defend themselves and complain: "I meant well!  I never expect this evil result." This implies evil results were God’s mismanagement of circumstances.  “White lies” are like someone trying to extinguish fire with a bucket of fuel.   

          Christians can also face this "wicked idea" when they consider "tithing".  Should one leave a few dollars for the tithe, and do other “good” things with the rest (of course you can't rule out making yourself financially well, etc.)?         

          If we implement the following four points, we can resist "wicked ideas" in our daily lives:

           1. God determins good and evil.

           2. One dies for the evil.

           3. Before doing evil, think about the consequence rather than the perceived benefits.

           4. When you are doing good, think about the good results, even if you suffer a loss, insist on doing good.



            1. 上帝定善惡。 2. 為惡者死。  




          「你們決不會死;因為 神知道你們吃那果子的時候,你們的眼睛就開了;你們會像 神一樣,能知道善惡。」

           意思是:1. 人可自定善惡。   2. 有利益可圖的就是善。





            基督徒考量「十一奉獻」的時候,也會面對這「鬼主義」。把十一奉獻留下幾分,可做別的好事或有益的事(當然不排除使自己經濟狀況寬裕等)。 我們若堅持以下四點,在日常生活中就能抵擋「鬼主意」。

            1. 上帝定善惡。 

            2. 為惡者死。  

            3. 作惡前,要思惡果 (好處?連想都不要想)。

            4. 為善的時候,多想善果。雖然吃虧,也不更改。