The Issue of Evil 101: “Does God do evil?”

Evil is a powerful topic. Every human seeks to find an answer to the question: “Why does a Good God allow evil upon the world?” 
This question may or may not be answered directly in the way that is pleasing to the minds of everyone. However, let me touch on it for a minute or two.

Let me first note:

– Evil, on its own, is not what we presume it to be.
– God is a good God. Yep, but there’s nowhere that says that God doesn’t do evil.
– God never sins. He may do evil but He never sins.

For one, evil is the Hebrew word, “ra’ah” and Sin is the Hebrew word “khawthaw.” See? Two different words with two different meanings.

Does God do evil?

Yes. Yes He does.

Many Christian leaders have tried their best to absolve God from the responsibility of evil by sending it directly to the devil and mankind. But it’s not working and it’s strips God off His Sovereignty.

Let’s try to take God’s Word as it is and not try to twist it to satisfy one’s self-gratification. Let the Truth speak for itself and then may it heal and bless all.

God does evil. Whether He commits them Himself or allows them, He is still the originator. Don’t jump to conclusions yet. I am yet to  explain what evil is.

Let’s begin with this question.

“Who planted the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?”

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. 

                (Genesis 2:9) 

That tree didn’t only contain the knowledge of good. Did it?

This alone should enlighten you of the originator of evil.

But let’s say, it doesn’t fully convince you. Check this out:

God said in Isaiah 45:7:

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

Okay. When the Big Guy upstairs say that He creates evil, I don’t think there’s any room left for disagreement. He creates evil. Bam! 

Let me show you one just out of many, where God sends in evil:

Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil (ra’ah) in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? 

                 (Amos 3:6 )

Some translations say “calamity,” however the Hebrew word is “ra’ah” which means evil. 

God does evil. Get over it!

Even Job did. He understood God’s ways in this matter.

This is what He told His wife in Job 2:10:

But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?…

The same God who put good and evil in one tree. Shall you experience the only good and not the evil? Weren’t they supposed to be package  deal ?

Anyways, check this out. The verse has not yet ended. It continues:

“… In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”

It says that Job didn’t sin by saying that God does evil. Job was right. How many of us have got it wrong because we were trying to protect God from the world?
Does God need protection?

This is what the Word says in Lamentations:

“Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?”

‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:38‬ ‭ESV‬‬

If God gives good, He gives evil too. From the very beginning, evil and good were a package deal. Man ate of the fruit and came to “know” (which also means experience or get intimate with) good and evil.

So the question shouldn’t be: “Why does a good God allow evil in the world?”

But

“Why does God allow evil in the world?”

Or better put:

“Why does God allow both good and evil in the world?”

Don’t be partial. They are a package deal. 

However, the best thing is not to ask if God allows or creates evil. It’s obvious that He does. All (things) came out of Him (Romans 11:36).

The best question to ask is Why? And to answer that we kinda need to know exactly what Evil is. This is going to be fun. Stay tuned!!!

Shalom!!!

                 Uche Okorie 

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