Dec 22, 2014 - 05:10 PM
BTW, great question.
Dec 22, 2014 - 05:59 PM
These are the verses that martenas mentioned in his question (quoted from the King James Version of the Bible):
– Isaiah 45:7: "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things."
– Proverbs 16:4: "The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil."
– Ephesians 3:9: "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:"
– Colossians 1:16: "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:"
And here’s another verse I found that talks about God creating evil:
-- Genesis 2:7-9: "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil."
I agree with Texan's comment that this was a great question.
Dec 30, 2014 - 04:44 PM
Since you originally posted this as a comment, I’m repeating it here as a question instead, since comments are hidden unless you click on them. Here’s what you said: “Now, if God is Righteous, If God is Holy, If God is Love, why did He create Evil and wickedness? I do not ask this question because I do not believe in God, I ask it to see if other think about these things like I do."
You specifically asked my opinion on this, so here it is.
God loves people and wants them to love him back. The way we can show our love for God is by willingly obeying him. Here’s a verse that I found about that:
-- Ecclesiastes 12:13: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
If there is good in the world, there has to be evil, too, in order for people to have a choice between obedience (good) and disobedience (bad). Here’s a verse showing why God may have created evil:
-- Ecclesiastes 3:14: “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.”
I think that evil existed long before creation; otherwise, nobody would have been able to sin. Here are two early examples of sin:
-- Lucifer (Satan) was created as a very wise, beautiful, perfect cherub (angel), who covered the throne of God. Unfortunately, he wanted to be like God, and his pride and lust for power caused him to sin and get thrown out of heaven. Then, in the form of a serpent, he appeared to Eve in the garden of Eden and tempted her to disobey God.
-- Adam and Eve wanted to be like gods, so they listened to Satan’s lies and disobeyed God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As a result, their fellowship with God was broken and they got kicked out of the garden of Eden. Not only did they die spiritually, but their sin nature was passed on to all of mankind.
As I said, that's my opinion. Maybe others would also like to comment.
Jan 02, 2015 - 07:39 PM