Who Created Evil?
“If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?” This question is often stated as a charge against God, and many use this as a rationale for denying God exists, or rejecting the notion that He is Love. But is this justifiable? Let’s see.
Evil exists, and such groups as ISIS remind us every day that the world is not becoming better with time. Human beings continue to come up with new ways to destroy one another. Men’s hearts, according to the Scriptures, will fail them because of fear. And the Bible prophesies it will only get worse.
Where did evil come from? Amazingly, God takes responsibility for creating evil!
“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7 KJV
Does God mean that He is the One causing terrorists to blow up restaurants, airplanes to crash, and little babies to die of cancer? God forbid, far be it from the Lord to do any such thing! God is Love and God is good.
But this is what God is saying. “I take ultimate responsibility for the existence of evil in this world because it was my decision to create people in my image and give them the freedom to choose Me or reject Me, which made evil possible.” You see, had God created robots, instead of free moral beings who had the power to choose, God could have guaranteed the non-existence of evil. But since He made men free, by so doing, He made evil possible. Evil exists because freedom exists. And God is the Cause of freedom.
Now, some would say, even though He has made men free, God is still to be blamed for not stopping the consequences of evil once it is conceived, or once a person takes action, since He is all-powerful. But think about this a minute. Consider the implications fully before you indict God.
If God makes you free but then makes it His goal to prevent you from experiencing the consequences of your decisions, then are you really free? What good, for example, will a so-called freedom to vote be if someone with power could simply decide because he does not like your choice, he will render its effects void? If you decided to have your second serving of cake today, would you be truly free, if against your will, God made it His duty to keep your mouth shut because He knew the sugar could cause diabetes? Or to make it impossible for you to smoke the cigarette of your choice because nicotine harms you and others through second-hand smoke? Can you see man’s freedom will mean nothing, if God decides He will intervene and prevent us as a whole from experiencing the consequences of our choices, whenever those consequences are contrary to His will?
Freedom must allow for consequences, or it does not exist. So, before you blame God for all the evil in the world and conclude He is not worthy of your love and allegiance, ask yourself how much you value freedom. What would you want a God of love to do–make you a robot and ensure you can never choose to do wrong, or make you free like Himself, knowing that you may very well use your freedom to reject Him and do evil? God weighed the options before Him, should He create a robot or create a human being? Then, He decided He would create a human being. Why? He is Love!
And because God is love, He sent Jesus into the world to help us deal with the consequences of the evil choices we made yesterday, to help us to make better choices for ourselves today, and ultimately to work through us to create a brand new world tomorrow. Instead of rejecting God because of evil, the presence of evil should cause us to run to Him!
Is God ultimately responsible for the evil in the world? Yes, but only in the sense that He made you free! Should you curse Him for making you free? No, you should worship Him! You should praise His holy Name!