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I would like to assume some points before asking the main questions.

God did not have a beginning. God created everything. Not just tangible things but even dreams and imaginations. There is evil and there is good. Evil is not a neutral/default state.

So my question is. Did God create evil? There are some who say that evil is the absence of good. Then it will mean that evil=neutral. Which means if you are doing nothing(absence of good) therefore you are doing evil things?

The fact that evil still exist comes down to couple possible conclusions.

  1. God created evil.
  2. God is unable to remove evil from the universe(which is unlikely because he can do anything he wants).

So how do the scriptures explain these?

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This was one of the argument that was recently debated and was defeated too. See this link and here and video here –  Seek forgiveness May 23 '13 at 16:02
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God created everything;
Evil exists;
God created evil.

Exodus 7 vrs 3
But I will harden Pharaoh's heart and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt (NIV)

He is God who says he will harden Pharaoh's heart and what Pharaoh did was evil.

1 Samuel 16:14
Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him (NIV) (my emphasis)

Isaiah 45:7
I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create evil: I, the Lord, do all these things (KJV) (my emphasis)

I think these verses support my point.

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A lot of people would probably tell you "No, God is light and evil is darkness. You can't have one without the other." But that's not really a satisfactory answer or even a truly correct answer, since the basic premise behind it is that God doesn't exist everywhere.

I think the most correct answer would probably be "No, God does not create evil, but He does allow it." And, depending on how much you believe in God's sovereignty, "God does ordain evil." The difference here being, God does not do evil or create evil, but he allows evil and His plan includes evil - and its destruction.

Like an author who must write a villain, God has written the story in which we live - a story of good and evil, but also a story of redemption and reclamation of many evil beings into His good kingdom. His redemption is only visible through His overcoming of evil, so in this way, the light vs. darkness analogy does in fact work.

But more than anything else, I am glad that God allows and ordains evil to exist - not just because it makes Him mre glorious for defeating it, but also because at my core without Christ, I myself am evil. Without Christ, I would deserve painful destruction in hell, not just annihilation. And without Christ, God would be perfectly just destroying me completely. So, yes. God allows evil. Praise Him for it.

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If he did not create evil? So there are things that he did not create? Imagine the possibilities of things he didn't create. Maybe there is a greater creator than him? Who maybe created HIM and EVIL and OTHER STUFF HE DID NOT CREATE? –  FFCoder May 24 '13 at 4:49
    
Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I, the Lord, do all these things. –  FFCoder May 28 '13 at 5:52
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