Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 8 years ago

PLEASE HELP!!!!...SO CONFUSED!! Who created evil? God, some Angel, Satan or man...?

I heard that God created everything, but now I hear some people are saying that God didn't create evil!! Well, if God created everything then he must have created evil!! But if he didn't create evil then PLEASE tell me who did???? HELP!!!!.... Evil just didn't create itself out of nothing!!


@Jimmy- I just turned 13. How old are you?

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    At first it might seem that if God created all things, then evil must have been created by God. However, evil is not a “thing” like a rock or electricity. You cannot have a jar of evil. Evil has no existence of its own; it is really the absence of good. For example, holes are real but they only exist in something else. We call the absence of dirt a hole, but it cannot be separated from the dirt. So when God created, it is true that all He created was good. One of the good things God made was creatures who had the freedom to choose good. In order to have a real choice, God had to allow there to be something besides good to choose. So, God allowed these free angels and humans to choose good or reject good (evil). When a bad relationship exists between two good things we call that evil, but it does not become a “thing” that required God to create it.

    Perhaps a further illustration will help. If a person is asked, “Does cold exist?” the answer would likely be “yes.” However, this is incorrect. Cold does not exist. Cold is the absence of heat. Similarly, darkness does not exist; it is the absence of light. Evil is the absence of good, or better, evil is the absence of God. God did not have to create evil, but rather only allow for the absence of good.

    God did not create evil, but He does allow evil. If God had not allowed for the possibility of evil, both mankind and angels would be serving God out of obligation, not choice. He did not want “robots” that simply did what He wanted them to do because of their “programming.” God allowed for the possibility of evil so that we could genuinely have a free will and choose whether or not we wanted to serve Him.

    As finite human beings, we can never fully understand an infinite God (Romans 11:33-34). Sometimes we think we understand why God is doing something, only to find out later that it was for a different purpose than we originally thought. God looks at things from a holy, eternal perspective. We look at things from a sinful, earthly, and temporal perspective. Why did God put man on earth knowing that Adam and Eve would sin and therefore bring evil, death, and suffering on all mankind? Why didn’t He just create us all and leave us in heaven where we would be perfect and without suffering? These questions cannot be adequately answered this side of eternity. What we can know is whatever God does is holy and perfect and ultimately will glorify Him. God allowed for the possibility of evil in order to give us a true choice in regards to whether we worship Him. God did not create evil, but He allowed it. If He had not allowed evil, we would be worshipping Him out of obligation, not by a choice of our own will.

  • G C
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Jesus explains that in John 8:42-47. He states that Satan (the Devil) is the source (father) of evil, lies, and hatred, just as God is the source (Father) of good, truth and love. They are two separate deities.

    This is seen in Genesis 1 and 2 where God created all things and all is good (Genesis 1:31). Man does not sin until Genesis 3 where Satan comes and introduces a new way of thinking, evil. Then man sins.

    We are in a war between good (God's character) and evil (Satan's character) and we have the responsibility to choose who we are at heart (our character). All thought is based on those two sources.

  • Autumn
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    Since God is omnipotent (knowing all, in time and space) he would have known that the angel Lucifer would turn against him, even before the angel was created. Since God created him anyway, knowing the outcome, he willingly brought evil into this world. There is no other way to look at it.

    Either he is NOT omnipotent, and thus is limited in his knowledge, or he created evil and knew all along what would happen.

    Source(s): Wiccan
  • Linda
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    Read this and you may understand better what it is saying

    Jehovah God sows light for righteously disposed ones, and through his Word the Bible enlightens their minds, but he brings mental darkness upon those who willfully continue in a wrong course. (Ps. 82:5-7; 97:11; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 13) Peace of mind, even now, is the lot of those devoted to God and his service, and in the new world under the reign of his Prince of Peace all then living will rejoice in that blessed state forever. (Ps. 72:1, 4, 7, 8; Isa. 9:6, 7) As for the statement that God creates evil, it does not mean anything or any practice that is morally wrong. “Evil” as here used does not mean moral evil, of which God could never be guilty, but it refers to a calamity or disaster or destruction, such as he brings upon his unrepentant foes, and that particularly at the battle of Armageddon. From rebellious Adam’s time onward punishment has come from God upon the willfully wicked, and this has been wholly just on God’s part, but it has been as an evil to the ones meriting it. This matter is discussed at great length in the two-part article entitled “Peace and Evil”, appearing in the May 1 and 15, 1930, issues of The Watchtower.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Well that messed things up for the church!

    You see people can only blame one god for everything bad in monotheism so they had to play around trying to come with away to pin blame on something else.

    The devil is born. They fumble round the bible looking for him and hype him up. Lucifer is no longer a king and Satan is no longer a minor angel who told some-one off for whipping a donkey.

    Also there is is no reference whatsoever to the devil as the 'serpent' in the garden of Eden that was just nice referral work later on.

  • 8 years ago

    god is the creator of everything so it's said. So god created evil. If you don't think about it, and just let it be fed to you it will suddenly make sense...not.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    God created man. Man created evil. Adam and Eve sinned and sinning is evil. They disobeyed God and Satan tempted them.

  • 8 years ago

    God created every thing, evel is just one of God creature.

    God set rules to be followed but if you do not follow you will be evil.

    you are human but you can be evil when you do not follow the God rules

  • Sídhe
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    The problem of evil has been hanging up religious debate for oh... a few thousand years.

    The discussion is FAR too complex to discuss here. So, I'm just going to point you to a lengthy Wikipedia page instead.


  • 8 years ago

    Read the Story of Genesis - Here's a summary: God created Adam and Eve and put them in the Garden of Eden, they could do the whatever they wanted but eat from the tree in the middle of the garden, Eve was convinced by the devil to eat from it, and convinced Adam to eat from it. God was disappointed that they had sinned, and banished them from the Garden of Eden. They were left to live their own lives - but God talked to them every so often... They populated the world from there...

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