Q I have a question regarding the nature of good and evil within the context of an all loving, good and omnipotent God.
-God created everything;
To the best of my knowledge, I have made no fundamental errors
in this interpretation of the nature of God.
A Your argument almost sounds like the Hindu idea that good and evil are both necessary for balance. I think where you got off track was in your first assumption, namely that God created everything. Did god really create everything? For instance, did God created the computer? Or the automobile? Or the nuclear power plant? True, God create the materials and the principles on which all of these are based. But man invented the actual things. In a similar way, God created beings (angels and later man), but these beings committed evil (first Satan, later Adam and Eve). This is why at the end of the creation narrative, the Bible says Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good (Genesis 1:31).
But we can make an even finer distinction. Evil is not really a thing--it is an action and an attitude. God did not create all actions and attitudes. So God created all original chemical elements and out of them created living beings and certain inanimate objects. But He did not create the objects later invented by man and He did not create the attitudes and actions of His created beings.
This is the way I would state the origin of evil:
-God is infinitely good;
So the problem is not whether God created evil (the Bible clearly says He did not), but rather: why did God create beings capable of sin? As Norman Geisler puts it, God could have made:
(1) No world at all.
(1) and (2) would seem to be morally sterile since there would be no freedom at all. (3) may seem to be preferable, but could free creatures exist and have a choice but never sin? How would that be possible? If no one ever makes a certain choice, then is that choice really a possibility? Can morality occur if evil is impossible? Is it a good thing to forgive sin? Yes, but that good thing cannot occur without the evil happening first. So a world in which free creatures can choose to sin seems to me to have the most potential for good. My conclusion is that, as someone has said, Satan and man both used their free moral agency to originate actions that fell short of the goodness of God. But God did not create evil. Evil came about against Gods specific prohibitions and, therefore, cannot be said to be good.
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