Did God Create Evil?

As we stated in last months article, ThunderHeart Ministries has a primary mission of assisting God’s men in understanding God’s definition of manhood and masculinity.  As such, we want to provide God’s men tools to assist them in being a strong representative for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The following article is another valuable tool taken from Got Questions.net[1] website and it is presented in its entirety.  It is valuable information to assist us in being prepared and ready to answer the questions that will come when we try to share the love of God and His plan of salvation.  When we present God and His plan the discussion can go to the question of “Well if God is the Creator then 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.

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.  Paul tells us ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord?[2]  Or who has been his counselor?”  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.”


[1] This article is taken from GotQuestions.org website.  GotQuestions.org is a volunteer ministry of dedicated and trained servants who have a desire to assist others in their understanding of God, Scripture, salvation, and other spiritual topics.

 

[2] Romans 11:33,34 Taken from the NIV translation of the Holy Bible

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