Category Archives: God and Evil

God sends evil spirits!

Judges 9:22-23 After Abimelech had governed Israel three years, God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the citizens of Shechem, who acted treacherously against Abimelech.

See also 1 Samuel 18:10 & story of Job


Many modern day Christians believe this concept, which has several Old Testament references and even demonstrated through the life of Judas in the New Testament, is not in the character of God. Remember, it is not up to us to define God the way we want him to be.

Evil for evil

Micah 2:1-3 Woe to those who devise iniquity and work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields and take them by violence, also houses, and seize them. So they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance. Therefore thus says the LORD: “ Behold, against this family I am devising evil, from which you cannot save yourselves; Nor shall you walk proudly, for it will be a time of evil.


We have to remember that God sets the rules and those rules set for man does not necessarily apply to him. This passage proves just this point. It is “woe to those who devise iniquity and work out evil.” However, at the same time, God was “devising evil” against them as a response.

God kills and makes alive

1 Samuel 2:6 “The LORD kills and makes alive;
He brings down to the grave and brings up.


At least God’s a balanced God.

An evil spirit from God is sent to torment Saul

1 Samuel 16:14-23 Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.

Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better.”

So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”

One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him.”

Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.

David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”

Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.


I was taught that God is the source of good and the devil was the source of evil. However, this is one scripture of many that shows that God is the source of evil.

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).