Why Did God Create Evil?


At first it might seem that if God created all things, then evil must have been created by God. However, evil is not a “thing” like a rock or electricity. You cannot have a jar of evil. Evil has no existence of its own; it is really the absence of good. For example, holes are real but they only exist in something else. We call the absence of dirt a hole, but it cannot be separated from the dirt. So when God created, it is true that all He created was good. One of the good things God made was creatures who had the freedom to choose good. In order to have a real choice, God had to allow there to be something besides good to choose. So, God allowed these free angels and humans to choose good or reject good (evil). When a bad relationship exists between two good things we call that evil, but it does not become a “thing” that required God to create it.

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Perhaps a further illustration will help. If a person is asked, “Does cold exist?” the answer would likely be “yes.” However, this is incorrect. Cold does not exist. Cold is the absence of heat. Similarly, darkness does not exist; it is the absence of light. Evil is the absence of good, or better, evil is the absence of God. God did not have to create evil, but rather only allow for the absence of good.

God did not create evil, but He does allow evil. If God had not allowed for the possibility of evil, both mankind and angels would be serving God out of obligation, not choice. He did not want “robots” that simply did what He wanted them to do because of their “programming.” God allowed for the possibility of evil so that we could genuinely have a free will and choose whether or not we wanted to serve Him.

As finite human beings, we can never fully understand an infinite God (Romans 11:33-34). Sometimes we think we understand why God is doing something, only to find out later that it was for a different purpose than we originally thought. God looks at things from a holy, eternal perspective. We look at things from a sinful, earthly, and temporal perspective. Why did God put man on earth knowing that Adam and Eve would sin and therefore bring evil, death, and suffering on all mankind? Why didn’t He just create us all and leave us in heaven where we would be perfect and without suffering? These questions cannot be adequately answered this side of eternity. What we can know is whatever God does is holy and perfect and ultimately will glorify Him. God allowed for the possibility of evil in order to give us a true choice in regards to whether we worship Him. God did not create evil, but He allowed it. If He had not allowed evil, we would be worshipping Him out of obligation, not by a choice of our own will.

Credits: Deliver Us from Evil : Restoring the Soul in a Disintegrating Culture
By: Ravi Zacharias
http://www.christianbook.com/deliver-evi…

 

My comment:

But in Isaiah 45:7 it clearly states that God created evil. I’ve researched about it and there were lots and lots of debates on this topic and I was just stuck in between. I will write a post about it some other time. Until then, have a good night and God bless! ❤ Though there are lots of things I still do not understand, I believe in God.

 

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5 thoughts on “Why Did God Create Evil?

  1. Pingback: Creation of Evil | Live, Love, Laugh, Dance, Pray

  2. Hey girly, I wanted to help answer your question/comment about Isaiah 45:7, so I wrote a post and pingbacked to you. (Pingbacked….its funny how we make words into verbs, even though they don’t exist). Anyway, here is the link to the post: http://livelovelaughdancepray.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/creation-of-evil/
    I hope that it’s helpful. I could write so much more on the topic, so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll be happy to do some research and point you to some scholarly sources. Most important is your faith in God, which we are all growing in everyday. Best! *hugs* Shannon

  3. Hi Shannon, So interesting! Thanks for sharing. I read this passage in Isaiah not long ago and here is an explanation that you may like : Question: “Why does Isaiah 45:7 say that God created evil?”
    Answer: Isaiah 45:7 in the King James Version reads, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” How does Isaiah 45:7 agree with the view that God did not create evil? There are two key facts that need to be considered. (1) The word translated “evil” is from a Hebrew word that means “adversity, affliction, calamity, distress, misery.” Notice how the other major English Bible translations render the word: “disaster” (NIV, HCSB), “calamity” (NKJV, NAS, ESV), and “woe” (NRSV). The Hebrew word can refer to moral evil, and often does have this meaning in the Hebrew Scriptures. However, due to the diversity of possible definitions, it is unwise to assume that “I create evil” in Isaiah 45:7 refers to God bringing moral evil into existence.
    Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Isaiah-45-7.html#ixzz2fkTHs4S3
    Have a blessed evening. Nicky x 🙂

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