Now, that’s a bold thought; but did you know that it’s God Who told us this? He ought to know if He created it or not.
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things (Isaiah 45:7).
God created “evil” as a part of His divine plan. It did not “sneak” into His creation; it wasn’t brought into existence by some other means or creature.
In fact, He Himself put its principle Hhright in the “middle” of the Garden of Eden: The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. There at the beginning, we see its Divine purpose: to contrast good; for, we would not know good without the backdrop of evil.
Everything, including the seeming “evil,” is strategically designed by God for His ultimate glory and for the eventual and lasting good of all mankind!
“I form light and create darkness; I make peace and create evil. I, the Lord, do all these things.” ~ Isaiah 45:7
There is probably no subject in all the range of religious thought so hard to deal with as that of the purpose of evil.
The great question for theologians to wrestle with is this: How can you account for the existence of evil alongside a supreme, all-wise, holy and benevolent God?
Think for a moment on the condition of things in this world. Evil exists on the earth to embitter and darken, to blight and curse everything else that exists. On it goes, rolling through the world, crushing its helpless victims on every hand, and (the saddest feature of all) crushing without distinction the innocent and guilty together in…