Isaiah 45:7- I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
Amos 3:6- Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?
At a Bible study there was a man who said God created evil. As you probably already guessed it caused a little bit of a stir. The following are some thoughts on the subject.
I could see how these verses could be very disturbing to some. I have to believe what is intended here is that we see everything as coming from God rather than give the devil equal power or validation. As we know God is the one who let Satan loose on Job, but you never read where he or his friends do anything except discuss God and why God was doing, or allowing, these things in Job’s life. They seemed to know that God is ultimately the one in charge, and Satan is only a tool. As Martin Luther, I think it was, once said- “The devil is still God’s devil.”
If you had a son who went around and killed everyone in the neighborhood it would be on him wouldn’t it? I mean no one could really come to you and say you were the one who did it could they, just because you were responsible for the son’s birth? It can only be that God created Lucifer good and somehow iniquity was found in him therefore he is responsible for evil.
I do think we are better off to see everything that comes to us as coming from the hand of the Father rather than supposing the devil has the ability to have free reign and act alone though. Jesus told us in Matthew 6:22-23 “the light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” The single eye then is seeing everything as if it came from the Father, and the eye being evil is the equivalent to seeing double, or God and Satan being equal and opposing forces, with it being anyone’s guess as to who will win.
Just thought I would write these thoughts down and share them. I welcome your response.
Written by Louie