God creates evil?

Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.


This is another one of those confusing verses. It goes along with the “God sends evil spirits” verse quoted previously. We are taught that God is good and Satan is evil. To read Scriptures stating that God authored evil and participates in the propagation of evil does not make sense.

I should note that later translations do temper this verse but the hebrew word here is “ra” which is normally translated as evil, distress, misery, injury, calamity, wicked (ethically), and unkind (vicious in disposition).

5 responses to “God creates evil?

  • Anonymous

    What’s confusing? Something can only exist if God created it, correct?

  • Wadena

    Yeah, if God didn’t create evil….who did?

    This isn’t at all confusing.

  • Jeremy

    What is confusing here is the fact that we all are taught that God is all loving…so how does an ALL loving god create evil???

  • Sean

    How can God be loving and hating at the same time? Its a contradiction like saying hes the light of the world but is also the creator of darkness. So the paradigm in that God houses both evil and good then why not house also both heaven and hell? How could hell be apart from God , if God is admitedly……….evil? LMAO If God is evil and creates the evil, then God is not purely good nor purely evil but half and half. It would mean God fights with himself over his own creation. Is that a mental case or what. It is as insane as being ok with burning someone forever but loving their family member forever in heaven and making them ok with that. The whole God idea is flawed, insane, and inherently evil to its core. I look forward to the day people wake up to the real truth, there is no sky daddy thats going to save or damn them, they do it all to themselves and those around them.

  • Cato

    “But surely God and the things of God are in every way perfect?”

    “And our first principle is, that God must be represented as he is; not as the author of all things, but of good only. We will not suffer the poets to say that he is the steward of good and evil.”

    – Plato/Socrates, The Republic

    but when the city perished, thanks to king Zeus, son of Cronus, they all died and went to the house of Hades. Without them, no labour prospers, But all is ruined by the tyrant. There are no more fine things and he mixes good with evil. Does he not deserve to be flayed like a lion?

    – Alcaeus

    “If God is God, he is all perfect and lacking in nothing.”

    – Euripides

    1 Corinthians 1:22King James Version (KJV)

    22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom.

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