The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17).
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Did God create evil?
No, God did not create evil, but He does allow it to exist. God created the world and man. God created man with the ability to choose. God is eternally good and gives good laws. When a person disobeys a law of God; they are doing evil (they are sinning). God created Adam, Adam was not evil, but he did have the ability to choose to do evil. God gave Adam a law.
Adam and Eve had the ability to choose. God gave them a rule and they chose to not follow that rule. Thus, they did evil. God did not create evil. He created people with free will and gave them laws. Beings with free will have the ability to disobey God. Evil occurs when one chooses to disobey God and sin.
God wants us to serve Him out of our own free will. God did not create mindless robots programed to serve Him. Instead, He created beings with free will, in His image, that He hopes will make the choice to serve and obey Him.
By Cliff Sabroe
Quotes from NASB95 Bible
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