The Psychology Of Evil
© 2022 Dr. Samaria M Colbert
Evil is a reprehensible act, wicked, evil impulse. Evil is forbidden desire, an intentional offense to God and a repulsiveness to righteousness. Psychology is the study of the mind that effects behavior. Things that effect behavior include biopsychosocial spiritual. Bio means your genetics and biological makeup. Psych is the mind. Social is your environment and spiritual.
Where does evil come from? Let’s be honest no one starts off with the intention of being evil.
First evil is a person.
Genesis 4:7 New King James Version
7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is [a]for you, but you should rule over it.”
Evil is satan. He was the one who initially rebelled against God.
Evil comes from wicked imaginations.
Romans 8:7 New King James Version7 Because the [a]carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
Signs evil is present:
Galatians 5:19-21 New Living Translation19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
How does an individual become evil?
1. Satan plants seeds of dissension in our minds. This is called suggestive reasoning.
2. That suggestion if not cast down, it immediately starts to take root.
3. We the ruminate on carnal reasoning to justify the thought and we don’t compare it against the word of God.
4. That ruminating takes root and causes feelings of resentment, bitterness, and grows like a cancer.
5. Eventually thoughts, leads to belief, which leads to behaviors such as any type of perversions, murder, and sexual immorality.
Anyone has the propensity to be evil, if given access.
What should you do?
When a thought comes take authority over it.
2 Corinthians 10:5-7 King James Version
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Be prepared to do battle.
Ephesians 6:11-18 New Living Translation
11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
12 For we[a] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.
15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.[b]
16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.[c]
17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.[d]
Be intentional about your thought life
Philippians 4:8 New Living Translation8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Proverbs 23:7King James Version7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
© 2022 Dr. Samaria M Colbert