In the pre-existence, you lived with God who is pure light. You desired to emulate God. To become more Godlike, you needed to gain more intelligence. This meant you had arrived at a point you desired to leave the “so-called classroom with God as your teacher” to venture out to participate in “a so-called on-the-job first-hand experience” to further your goal to increase intelligence. In order to fully understand light, you needed to experience darkness which you were not able to do in the presence of God who is pure light. So, in order to further progress, you chose to leave God’s presence for a time. To better understand the good and the positive you enjoyed while in God’s presence, you also needed to experience opposition, the bad and negativity. Now it was apparent, darkness was necessary to gain more intelligence. Thus, you learned the role of dark beings is part of God’s plan of progression.
Opposition- All things a compound in one
It was comforting when I finally understood that the role of dark beings is a role of opposition that enables a person to progress as explained in the following words…
For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things…righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility. Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore, there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the justice of God.2 Ne. 1:7
Free Agency- We chose to experience darkness related to the role of dark beings
God is a God of love. Love may include God’s persuasion but never force. Force is an attribute of the adversary or the one who opposes God. Therefore, God didn’t force you to come to the earth to learn about darkness and dark beings, you CHOSE it! Here are some scripture verses that support free agency was active in the pre-existence.
Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones; And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.Abr. 6:1
And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first. And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him.Abr. 6:3
“And this is the manner after which they were ordained—being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to choose good or evil;Alma 9:10
The scriptures I shared about opposition and premortal free agency are not included in the Bible. In the “Afterward”* below I explain why I accept some scriptures other than Bible scriptures.
Presently you are on the earth dealing with opposition because you chose it and you wanted to progress to become more knowledgeable like God.
Location of darkness and dark beings
So, where are dark beings located? They are all around us.
I believe there are various levels of spirits in the spirit world. The bottom level is the most negative and is located on the surface of the earth which is the main contributor of darkness in this earthly existence. Anthony Borgia wrote about this. Borgia’s colleague Reverend Benson returned from the spirit world after he died to tell Borgia the truth about the spirit world. Borgia records what he learned from Benson about the spirit world in his book “Life in the World Unseen”.
Why are some bothered by negative dark beings more than others? Most likely because some are experiencing more advanced opposition due to their level of progression.
For those who desire to emulate God, it is necessary to experience all levels of darkness equal to the light (or intelligence) possessed. It makes sense in order to achieve balance, whatever level of darkness you have experienced, you become eligible to receive an equal amount of light.
The reason I am reaching out to help others is because God asked me to. Learning about the role of dark beings also equips me to serve others striving to endure this type of opposition too. It seems when people have problems the way they are best solved is by reaching out to support one another especially those struggling with similar challenges. This is why it is important to pray for one another.
How to deal with darkness
As to what gets rid of dark beings, there is only one thing and that is their opposite which is light! Attaining the amount of light that is equal to or greater than the darkness you are encountering will alleviate evil entities as explained in the following words.
The glory of God is intelligence, or in other words, light and truth. Light and truth forsake that evil one.T&C 93:11
It is necessary to attain more intelligence than negative dark beings in order to completely overcome them as explained in the following paragraph.
…For if he does not get knowledge, he will be brought into captivity by some evil power in the other word, as evil spirits will have more knowledge, and consequently more power.(TPJS, p. 217.)
I wrote a full blog post to address the importance of gaining increased light/intelligence/knowledge if you would like to check it out.
Conclusion- Role of Dark Beings
If you are living on the earth, you made the choice to experience darkness so you could more fully comprehend light and to increase your intelligence because you desired to emulate God. The amount of darkness you encounter varies according to the level of your progression. This is why some endure more darkness than others. If you are like me, it feels good to understand that dark beings and darkness are part of a plan designed to progress.
*Afterward- Why I accept some scriptures that are not in the Bible
Some have asked me why I accept some scriptures that are not included in the Bible when the book of Revelations states no man should add to the Bible…
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.Revelations 22:18
This scripture says a man cannot add to the Bible, but it doesn’t say anything about God. I believe there have been times when God reveals his will to a chosen earthly servant to bless his children with added clarity and increased intelligence (true knowledge). If you are open-minded and consider whether new revelation is true, it becomes possible to be blessed with greater understanding and added intelligence.
The following Bible scripture tells you, if you reject true knowledge, God will reject you.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.Hosea 4:6
A closed mind prevents the flow of light. When possessing a closed mind, you have created a dam preventing light/intelligence to freely flow. Non-acceptance of truth/intelligence stops progression, thus holding you back just like a constructed dam that slows down water flow.
There are some scriptures that have been tampered with to further the agenda and purpose of men, not God. When scriptures have been altered to include the philosophies of men mingled with God’s words, it causes confusion and blocks opportunities to progress.
Deciphering truth can be a challenge because it is often mixed in with untruths. Additionally, dark entities are very good at posing as moral beings to disguise their evil agenda. Through the Holy Ghost, becoming familiar with the scriptures, and with practice, you can become more proficient at telling the difference between truth (light) and lies (darkness).
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