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Monday, August 15, 2011

Questions on EVIL

I love it when children ask tough questions. My eight year old asked me, "Why did God create evil?" Good question. The Bible makes the claim that God is Holy, Righteous, Good, Pure. So, where did evil come from? Did God create evil? If God did create evil, why would he do so and what does that tell us about God? If God didn't create evil then where did it come from? If God created evil, does it have a purpose? If so, what is it? Can evil be used as good? If so, how? If evil is so bad and God is so good, how could he allow it to continue and exist?

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.

23 Comments:

Anonymous laymond said...

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these [things].

I will let the "preacherman" explain why.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Becky said...

I didn't know that scripture was in the Bible Laymond. Interesting. I wish he hadn't created evil. Maybe God created it to draw people to Him? I don't know. May never know.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - I guess that speaks to what translation you use

1:31 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Laymond what translation is your verse found? Curious.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Ted said...

I think God allows evil for good. God is not evil but allows it by allowing us to have choice.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Sharon Bennett Bohnenberger said...

First, I think we need to define evil. After all, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Then there are people who are menatlly ill, and do "evil" things because they believe they are helping (the woman who drowned her children, as she thought she was protecting them from evil). That being said, there are others who seem to be truly evil people, through and through, like the man in New York who dismembered that eight-year-old and put him in his freezer. We may never know what is going through their minds. I think evil is not so much a cause as a symptom. Mental illness takes many, many forms. Hitler thought he was doing good for the German people. I also believe that alot of it has to do with the environment in which we are raised. I use sociopathy as an example because I am intimayely familiar with this particular beast. For them, the lines aren't drawn where they are for us, but with vigilent, attentive, compassionate parents who understand and accept it, they can be taught to make themselves live within the lines that society has drawn. It is a constant struggle, but they can become productive members of society. However, when you take that same sociopath and add a broken, dysfunctional home, other forms of mental illness (a bipolar mother, an alcoholic father, and maybe some sexual abuse... ) and the results are terrifyingly different. Even if no other factors are there, maybe the parents are loving, they just don't understand it or choose to ignore it, results are scary.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is evil to one person may be considered godly to someone else.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous laymond said...

KJV all the other versions say the same thing, they just use different words to get there.
God created all things whether we call it good and bad or good and evil.

3:10 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks Laymond. I appreciate your thoughts. I have heard some pastors say God created evil to give choice. I have also heard others say that God created evil as a consequence of not following His will and obedience. I even have heard others say that God created evil to yes, draw people to close to Him and have faith in a good, holy God. Could they be all right answers to why God created evil? Or is there another reason evil exists?

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Jim said...

I always thought Satan created evil and was evil. Did Satan create evil? Isn't he the evil one?

11:12 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

I think maybe there are many questions that we will never know the answers. But that doesn't stop me from asking! :-) LOL

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