That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west,
that there is none beside me.
I am the Lord, and there is none else.
I form the light, and create darkness:
I make peace, and create evil:
I the Lord do all these things.
In this chapter evil is not what the original Hebrew says. The word translated "evil" is the word
ra. It also means sorrow, calamity, disaster, afflictions, and adversity. Here God is using
ra as devise for judgment for the wicked and also referring to Persian God's of Good and Bad to justify He is only God. Therefore the Scriptures do not teach that God was the originator of evil. (read CPBC notes & secular commentary as Ironside, V.Mcgee, Scofield, Pinks, etc...).
Evil has no existence of its own; it is really the absence of good (God).
Evil Was The Choice Of Humankind: Murder, stealing, lying, and such cannot be blamed upon God. People choose to do these things and must be held accountable.
• Cold does not exist. Cold is the absence of heat.
• Darkness does not exist; it is the absence of light.
• God did not have to create evil, but rather only allow for the absence of good (God himself).
God always have a purpose that looks at things from a holy and eternal perspective.
• God created and saw his creation "very good"
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
Genesis Chapter 3 its fall of man in consequence who is now born sinner.
verse 14 onwards,
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
James 1:13-15 its the man's own lust that bring evil upon himself.
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. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Romans 5:12 reminds that death entered the world because of sin.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
The Bible recognizes that evil does exist but God did not create evil. Evil came as a result of humanity's choice. Natural disasters are a result of humanity's original sin. Therefore God cannot be blamed for the evil that continues. Humanity is directly or indirectly responsible for evil.
-by Don Stewart