Still Learning, Pt 3

In my last post, I mentioned that God created evil, and I cited Isaiah 45.7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

I found it interesting that the replies contained comments about God creating evil, and that some do not agree with this, or have other ideas.

So this post is an invitation to discuss where you think evil came from.

My position:

  • God is good and love and light. He is eternal, and has ever been eternal. I don’t think evil has been present from eternity past, so it must have been created.
  • Where would evil have come from, if God didn’t create it?
  • I don’t think that evil is simply the absence of the presence of God, because, if that were so, then evil would have to have been co-eternal with God. And, God is omnipresent.
  • I cited Isaiah 45.7, and the word evil is from ra’, which can be translated as calamity, bad, evil. In this passage, God says He created evil; He doesn’t say, as in many other passages, that He used evil, or sent evil; but that He created it. Perhaps in this passage He is referring only to this instance; but, to me, it shows that God creates evil.
  • I believe God has complete control over evil, that He can send or use or prevent.
  • I think Lucifer may have been the first entity to choose evil. Did he choose it immediately after God created evil, or after God created him?

I am really interested in other perspectives, with Bible passages to corroborate. What do you think?

Still Learning Pt 2

Another question that pops into my mind: This one has been an ongoing question, as it likely has for many of you. And my answer may not be your answer. But it is what I feel God is showing me.

Why does God allow such horrific evil in our midst?

We see horrendous, unspeakable atrocities perpetrated unto innocent children, unsuspecting spouses, parents, neighbors, and friends; crimes committed in private homes, or in public; mass murders; political villainy; people we know, and people we don’t know; weather disasters, diseases and accidents killing, maiming, and destroying lives; and countless other personal or public barbarity.

God created evil. (Isaiah 45.7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.) We know this: where else could darkness and evil come from, had not God created it?

And, in His love, God allowed humans to choose between Him (goodness and love) and evil. We often choose evil. (Jeremiah 17.9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?) So the wickedness we witness is not from God; He only gave us the capacity to choose it. What we witness is the depravity of people, consummating their evil desires.

I think the evil we see is God giving us a taste of hell.

Just as Jesus describes how the Kingdom of God is upon us, that we can live in the Kingdom of God here on Earth; I think that God gives us a pretty clear picture of the Earth that belongs to Satan. (2 Corinthians 4.4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them)

 I think we must heed the pictures of evil that God provides for us. The wailing, the fear, the stress, the crying and anguish and despair that we see in this world are but a foretaste of spending eternity in hell.

TURN AWAY FROM IT! REACH FOR GOD!

In this world we at least have God’s mercy to assuage our griefs. Even those who do not believe in God can receive the blessings He showers upon the whole world. In hell, there will be no presence of God to comfort, no hope to cling to, no justice to look for, no one to save.

We have God in the here and now. Run to Him! Receive His comfort, His hope, His salvation. Receive the faith that tells us, without a shadow of a doubt, that we get to spend eternity with our Lord God in Heaven. And receive His Spirit that guides us into all Truth and Peace and Joy while we yet live here.

Ephesians 5.8, 9 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.

Sobering Words of God

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As I read my daily devotions, I have, of course, the events of our day and time running along the back of my mind. A lot of it jumps forward as I read God’s Word. The Bible is all about current events.

Now, as in all times of our history, evil is rampant. Why so much evil? Where does it come from, and why does it take over?

God tells us some things in His Word that we don’t like to see, sometimes. For example, God created evil.

 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.  Isaiah 45.7

The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.  Proverbs 16.4

This is one of those concepts that, when you think about it in the correct context (God’s Word) you say to yourself, “Well, of course.”

From where else did anything and everything in existence come? God is eternal: past, present, future, always. Anything else that exists is in existence because HE created it.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him.  Colossians 1.15, 16

But why?

All things God does, creates, and allows are for His glory, for His purposes.

God created people with the ability to make choices. WE CHOOSE our attitudes, our actions, our thoughts. Sometimes we choose evil. Those who continually choose evil will forever be destroyed. That is God’s plan for His glory.

How great are Your works, O LORD, how deep are Your thoughts! A senseless man does not know, and a fool does not understand, that though the wicked sprout like grass, and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed.  Psalms 92.5-7

When we choose God, He delights in us and blesses us.

…choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  Joshua 24.15

When God chooses us, we are His forever.

neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8.39

However the events of this world play out, God is in control. Worship Him, give Him all glory.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of Hosts.  Zechariah 4.6b

We Still Prefer Evil

Luke 23 .25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
Pilate appealed for Jesus to the crowd, saying that he’d found no evil in this man (Jesus), that he should be released. But the crowd demanded that Barabbas be released instead. Barabbas was an inciter and a murderer. The crowd chose vindication for Barabbas, and a cruel death to our sinless Savior.
People have not changed. We desire, nay, demand, that evil be released unto us; and that God be tortured and put away.
God have mercy on our souls. May we turn to Him as He calls us, prostrate ourselves before Almighty God, and worship Him with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, and all our strengths.