Many ask this question, Why did God create evil? Let’s begin with the definition of evil. What is evil? Evil is not conforming to accepted standards of morality. Morality can be shaped by factors such as society, age, religion, education level, family, peers, and culture. For example in America the use of birth control is not immoral but in other countries such as Nigeria and Pakistan the use of birth control is immoral.
Origin of Evil
Darkness or evil existed before our human race existed (Genesis 1:2). Evil coexisted with righteousness like day and night. This is why there was light before God made the sun, moon, and stars. The first light mentioned in Genesis actually represents the manifestation of holiness brought forth through the words that came out of God’s mouth to separate evil and righteousness (Genesis 1:3, John 1:4-5). You can’t have light without darkness. How can you know what is light unless you know what is darkness? Just like you don’t know if something is wet without knowing what dry is.
Evil on Earth
When God created Adam & Eve, he made them in his image so they can cultivate the Earth and have dominion over it. (Genesis 1:26-2:25). However once Adam & Eve sinned against God, they broke the shield and brought forth evil on Earth (Genesis 3:1-21). Satan, being the father of sin, acquired dominion over the Earth because he was able to fool Eve into sinning against God (John 8:44, Matthew 4:8-9).
Why God Let These Things Happen
Some may ask, “Why did God let all these series of events to happen? Couldn’t he prevent them from happening?” Yes God could have let the tree of knowledge of good and evil be protected by angels from Adam & Eve. However God allow these things to happen for three main good reasons:
- Free Will – God allows us to have free will. However every action has a consequence.
- To Test Mankind – God tests human beings like jewelers test gems and gold (Zechariah 13:9, 1 Corinthians 3:13, Psalm 17:3, Psalm 66:10, 1 Peter 1:7)
- To Teach Mankind a History Lesson on Disobedience to God. Sin Causes Death but people won’t believe until history shows that it does.
God’s Mind is Not Like Ours
God’s mind is not like ours, nor his ways are like our ways (Isaiah 55:8). God is both merciful and calculated. He knew that he needed to save the human race by shedding his precious blood (Ephesians 1:4-6, 1 Peter 1:20). He knew there would be big sacrifices in order to have the best outcome of peace on Earth (Revelation 22:3). This is why after Adam and Eve sinned, he was able to speak forth the solution by stating the woman’s seed [God himself as Jesus Christ] will crush the serpent [Satan] (Genesis 3:15). He knows how his creations think. Think of God as your parent. Your parent knows how you are because they been around you since birth. Your parent teaches you lessons by with their experience in order for you to do good. However if you rebel against your parent, you’ll get punished or even disowned. It is the same concept with God but God is like a parent who controls every aspect of your life.
When Jesus Christ died, he brought forth a shield to those who truly believe through his blood and spirit, the Holy Spirit (John 15:26, Ephesians 4:30, Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 2:14-15, Hebrews 13:12). However if you don’t truly believe and continue living the same sinful life you will still part of the curse of sin. Since sin is the only way Satan and his demons can operate and destroy humanity (John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8, Proverbs 28:15). The evil we see today is cause by human beings allowing Satan and his kingdom to get into their minds. The soul is connected to the mind. If Satan can get a hold of your mind, he can take possession of your soul. This is why people can kill their own children. If a thought keeps coming up in your mind and you don’t subdue, that thought becomes an action. This also why morality is not a set thing in the world. Some countries think it is ok to marry children while some don’t.
Accept Jesus Christ
Through loving God with all of our might, he is able to circumcise the evil in our hearts (Deuteronomy 30:6). You can’t love God with all your heart without first accepting that he came as flesh as Jesus Christ as a sacrifice (John 14:6).