Did God Create Evil?
Evil is not actually a created thing. God did not create evil. Evil is simply the lack of good.
Darkness is not a created thing. Darkness is the lack of light. You cannot shine darkness into light and overcome it. Darkness does not shine into your lit up house at night when you open the blinds.
Foolishness is not a created thing it is the lack of wisdom.
Lies are the lack of truth.
Chaos is the lack of order. Chaos only exists where order is not.
Therefore when God said Let there be light. He was dispelling the darkness. Yes darkness exists but only where light is not.
So did God create evil? Well God didn't say let there be Darkness, he just gave his created beings the ability to choose him or not and to cater for those who choose not God, there must be an alternative to God who is light and that is his opposite called darkness which is the lack of light. When you reject God then God removes his righteous presence from you and that of course leaves evil. How can there be any good that doesn't come from God ?
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. -- James 1:17
Now how did evil originate in Satan?
You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. -- Ezekiel 28:14-17
God removed his greatness from Satan, when he cast him away.
Satan became Darkness as darkness is the lack of light and God is Light. Satan became evil as evil is the lack of good and all goodness originates in God. Satan became the Father of Lies because truth comes from God. Satan then spread his lies to other beings and all that followed his philosophy suffered the same fate as himself, that was to be eternally separated from God. This is why Man dies, because God is life and Man is also separated from God.
Which is where Christ comes in to redeem us, and bring us back to the father....back to the light.
1 Corinthians 15:22 says "For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. "
So when God removes his presence, there will darkness and all manner of things leading to sin. For without God we succumb to our fallen nature. The nature instilled within us since Adam.
God did not create evil and suffering in the world. Those things are the result of Him removing his presence where he has been rejected. God gave man free will ability to reject him. This is a gift that he has given to us, not so that he could control us, but rather so that we could CHOOSE to worship and acknowledge Him. True love for God, is where our obedience comes from, and not the other way around. We don't follow God because we have no free will... we follow God and trust in Christ as our savior because we have CHOSEN to do so, because we Acknowledge God (Christ) as our salvation, our creator and coming King.
God is Love. The bible tells us that Love is most important out of everything. Love for God, and Love for our neighbors.
This same God proved that Love. He loved the world that much that he put on human form and went into the world to be condemned in our place for the punishment of sin. Jesus came so that the world could be saved through him and brought back into right relationship with God. God has extended his love to all of us so that we all might know him...... Love.
Did God create evil? No. Evil was the result of God removing his presence. Through this we can surely know what it says in the scriptures.
"God is good"
- J.R. Hall
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