And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20)
Question: Because the Lord is the Creator of all, He brought also evil in the universe. Did He do penance, when He died on the cross?
Answer: To accuse God of creating evil is a misunderstanding of God’s nature. The Bible says:
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (James 1:13-14, emphasis mine)
God did not create evil or sin, but in His wisdom “allowed” for it. Having created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26), He gave man the option to obey or disobey, to accept God or reject Him, to love Him or not to love Him. Without that option, we would be no more than androids that only function according to the programming of the designer. Without the option, it would be impossible for us to have a “personal” relationship with our Creator.
Therefore, it is not for His sin that Jesus died on the cross, but for ours. When you think about it, that is pretty incredible that God, should take upon Himself the penalty for our sin in order to restore the broken relationship between man and his Creator (Philippians 2:5-11) .
7 responses to “Did God Create Evil?”
According to the bible he created evil.
You may be right, but Book, Chapter, Verse, and in context, please. 🙂
Okay, maybe I’ll preempt you. Isaiah 45:7 says, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” In context God is referring to natural phenomena. So the “evil” (Hebrew râ‛âh) refers to adversity, affliction, calamity, etc. It does not refer to moral evil.
Isaiah 45:7 I believe. Might be 45: 5.
Isaiah 45:7 is correct, but again, you need to look at the context. Thanks for making me think though. 🙂
Context says he created evil.
No. “Context” means you read what comes before and what comes after. Furthermore, the Hebrew, as I have already explained, does not mean “moral” evil.
I know what context means. In context it means god says he created everything, including evil. No need for mental gymnastics with this one. It’s fairly straightforward.