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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I do not own this picture

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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The Man who Left with Treasures.


Matthew 19:21

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

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I do not own this photo

Me and my dad spotted a black cat sitting on a dumpster. As we sat there watching the cat, a young looking man grabbed our attention. He held two, large plastic bags in his left hand and the other hand to collect things from inside the bin. I watched slightly interested at how he poked his head in the garbage bin, trying to search for something. I continued to observe this man with my dad, trying to know what he was looking for. It was then that we found out, when the man held out two small cans and shoved it in one of his plastic bag. It was also then when I found out that he was collecting those cans for money, and it was then when I figured out that, that was how he could earn them.

I suddenly felt pity for the man. I felt the urge to help him collect those cans, give him money, hug the man (no matter how unclean he is), and I even thought to myself ‘Even though the man might hate me, or might be rude- I don’t think it will ever banish the feeling that I am feeling right now’. I actually like this feeling- not ‘pity’ but the feeling that I am describing to you right now. The urge to help. Kindness. Love? Maybe. I like feeling this feeling. It makes me feel like I am… not heartless.

“Even if he fill those plastic bags with cans… do you think he’ll spare enough money?” dad asked, breaking the indescribable silence. I just shrugged to dad’s question, not knowing the exact answer. We stayed silent for a few minutes, still watching the man. “Do you think God will bless him or reward him for his perseverance?” dad continued suddenly. I shrugged again “I guess, It depends on his intentions…” I said slowly, thinking if my answer was right. “But God is a good God” I added and dad just nodded, saying “May the Lord guide him to the right path…”

After a few minutes, I was typing down what just happened on my phone so that I could share with you guys (like what I’m doing right now) while the man was still there, collecting cans. All of a sudden, dad opened the window of his car and called out to the man whilst handing out some money. I don’t know how much and after debating with myself, decided not to ask him. But either ways, I felt proud of my dad and I know God is too. The young man thanked my dad and left with two bag full of cans and dad’s gift.

“He left darling…” my dad said softly as he watched the man leave “with treasures.”

I faced my dad, my heart filled with awe and admiration. I then told to myself that I’m going to be just like my dad one day. I looked at the man once more. “He’ll get his own money from the hard work he gets, not by just asking”

We left the place and drove home, we spotted the same man, still collecting cans from a different bin. “He’s still there, he’s not stopping” dad observed. I smiled, he was a really hard working man. I start to wonder if he had a family of his own.

I felt so much ‘feelings’ for the man- and if I said this to my friends, they might joke about and tease me- but I’m serious here guys. I do not know what God wants for this man, but I hope and pray that he will see the Lord’s goodness and greatness and love for him, and that he may do the same…

Helping a Man in Need…


March 7

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Our Heart Group went to a hospital and sat down to wait for the rest. While we were waiting, a tall, black, man came up to us and asked to borrow a phone to call his friend/ family. My heart started to race and my brain was flooded with thoughts… thoughts like “What if he runs with the phone?” etc. etc.

My dad being a faithful servant of God, lent his business phone to the man, the man’s tough looking face was covered by need and sorrow. I positioned myself so I would be able to run to the man and catch him if he does run, concocting an idea and predicting what would happen…

It was quite weird that I was really thinking of running to a big man twice my size, If I ran after this man, I could get hurt and would most likely fail in getting the phone… The man quickly took the phone and dialed a number, said a few things and gave the phone back to my dad, doing this, I found out that the Lord was testing our faith and courage and I was wrong to judge the man by his looks… Would you lend your phone?

What is your Apple?


What took you away from Eden?

My Eden?

God.

My apple?

My temper. (ex. growling, getting out of control, blaming, etc)

The Internet. (addiction)

Love. (seeking love, learning about love)

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You have to listen closely to the lyrics. I think what he’s saying is- every step he takes, every time something happens (salvation army just got robed) we are farther away from Eden. Not the world, but Eden. Although we are in hard times, living in sin and reality, there’s hope. Which is heaven. Our new paradise. Our home. Earth is our temporary home. Eden was paradise, but since Adam and eve sinned, there was no more Eden “one more step away”. That’s what I’ve come away with.

Jo Frank

Headlines read like a warning, we’re under attack (i read that ever morning on the news)

I just waved to a stranger, he didn’t wave back (took a walk and the same thing happened)

Feels like I’m leaving Eden

I’m going, going home

joel emerick