Did God create evil?

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 ( Romans

11:33-34 ). 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.