Behold Now, an Evil Spirit from God is Terrorizing You

Today’s Bible or Not quote:

“Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you.”

Is today’s quote from the Bible, or perhaps Shakespeare, or some other work of fiction? And if it’s from the Bible, how do you reconcile the idea of an evil spirit coming from an all-good God?

Let us know what you think.


Behold Now, an Evil Spirit from God is Terrorizing You — 3 Comments

  1. not sure of the “terrorizing” part, but I remember that Kings says that an evil spirit from the Lord fell upon King Saul, so I’m gonna say “Bible.” As far as reconciling the thought, it depends on how the word evil is translated. I think it’s meant to mean “troubling” or “bothersome.” I heard someone once describe it this way, “The same sun that melts the ice, hardens the clay.” and in the case of Saul, the same spirit we’d think of as being warm and wonderful was troubling him because his heart was not right with God.

  2. Thanks for your thoughts Ken. It seems there are times when the Bible talks about God tormenting those who have disobeyed Him without repentance. Perhaps it’s like you say, to the impenitent sinner mercy will not rob justice. I just feel bad for Jonathan who did right by David but suffered his father’s fate nonetheless.

  3. In 1 Samuel 16:15 it says about Saul, “an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you”. 1 Samuel 18:10 it says, “an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul”. Remember how Saul lied to Samuel and Samuel said obedience is better than sacrifice. I guess if we are dishonest with God it could be bad for us.

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