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June 9, 2005
Did God create evil?
Absolutely! He also created hell and the Lake of Fire. Both are very evil places prepared for the “abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars (Revelation 21:8)”.
also created satan! Although, not
originally created to be evil, he chose that state and fits perfectly into the
will of God.
wonder why God would choose to put satan on the earth along with mankind?
It’s really very simple! God
is using satan to conform Christian’s to His image, to bring others to His
side, and to wreak havoc on the ungodly.
You may say, “That
doesn’t sound like a loving God to me!”
He’s already proven His love by sending His only Son to die for the
sins of the world. That was the
ultimate sacrifice, and frankly, if that’s not enough, you simply can’t
handle the truth.
truth is until you know the Lord He considers you a bastard (Hebrews 12:8) and
not His child. That’s not to say
that He won’t bless you, “for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil
and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew
5:45).” But what you choose to do
with His love is your free will. You
can accept it or reject it. God
won’t twist your arm.
course, this question would not be complete without the counter question “How
could a loving God bring such evil, pain, disease, famine and war to this
and foremost, we rejected God’s perfect plan for mankind back in the garden.
Today, billions continue to reject the sacrifice Jesus made on a daily
basis. Throughout history, man has consistently broken the laws of
God without regret never considering the fact that there would be a price to
me give you an example. Let’s say
that you are a master mechanic. You
decide that you want to give your son a new car, but it’s in a kit
unassembled. Unfortunately, your
son who has an interest in cars knows nothing about them. But not to worry, you
have assembled this kit so many times at work that you can do it in your sleep.
your son begins the assembly you notice that he is starting in the wrong spot
and is not even following the instruction book you provided.
When you try to steer him in the right direction he refuses to allow you
to help him. Finally you step back
and allow him to do things his way. As
the day draws on it is obvious he is completely heading in the wrong direction
and he is way in over his head. Unfortunately,
your son still doesn’t see it your way and continues on to the point of trying
to make parts fit…even banging them into submission with a hammer.
In the end, exhausted and frustrated, he wonders aloud why his father the
master mechanic would allow him to get in such a mess.
exactly how God feels about us. He
provided the perfect environment (Garden of Eden) and the perfect sacrifice for
sin (Jesus) but we chose to seek another way.
As Christian’s, daily we are confronted with the decision to follow the
Lord or the flesh. Many times we
choose the flesh only to incur the penalty.
other thing, most people don’t realize that sin brings about an immutable
result. It is the same result as
gravity. If you jump from a
ten-story building you will fall to the ground every single time…no
exceptions! The same is true for
sin. If you sin you must pay the
price of that sin…and again, there are no exceptions.
unfortunate part of sin is many times it affects others.
Case in point, although Daniel did not partake of the sins of Israel he
still went into captivity with those who did.
Today, aids and other diseases have ravaged much of the world.
Some who have contracted these diseases are completely innocent of this
counsel people regularly regarding divorce and the affects of it.
Divorce is a great example of how one person’s sin multiples and
affects many including children, in-laws, relatives and friends.
One divorce can destroy the lives of many.
has a multiplying affect. One sin
is like a virus out of control seeking to multiple itself and to live out its
life as long as it can. Many times
that one sin creates many other sins that go on to multiple themselves thus
creating a problem we don’t understand and that we feel we didn’t create.
The truth is, if not for the grace of God it would be many times worse.
are many things in this life we won’t fully understand until we stand before
God. Of course, at that point it
won’t matter anymore. We’ll be
too excited that He saved us and had mercy on us.
I also believe that we’ll have full understanding at that point and
that question will be irrelevant.
you should know that at the end of the millennium God will free satan to fool
the nations. The purpose will be to
separate those who will serve God from those who will serve satan.
Once satan has raised an army he will march against the saints.
At that point God will destroy satan’s army and cast him into the Lake
the end, God will use evil to bring about His perfect will as He has throughout
I hope this answers your question.