Where did evil come from?
by: John Tyrrell
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Casey: So if your God is good and made everything, where did evil come from?
Blair: As you say, we believe God made everything, so he made evil too. It's as Lamentations 3 states:
37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?
Pat: Come on now, Blair. You are misleading Casey with that. Surely Deuteronomy 32 establishes God is perfectly good and has nothing to do with origin of evil.
3 Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Blair: You are looking at the wrong passages. May I refer you to Isaiah 45 which clearly establishes God created evil.
7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
Pat: But in 1 Corinthians it establishes God had nothing to do with the confusion arising out of evil.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Blair: Perhaps you want to confuse confusion with evil, Pat, but Amos 3 makes it clear where evil comes from - the Lord.
6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?
Pat: My reading of James 1 makes it clear that evil does not come from God.
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Blair: Perhaps you have not studied Jeremiah 18 carefully enough.
11 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.
Casey: Thank you for your time, but I think both of you are looking for answers in the wrong book.