Why Did God Create Evil?

“Since God is the highest good, He would not allow evil to exist in his works, unless His omnipotence and goodness were such as to bring good even out of evil. This is part of the infinite goodness of God that He should allow evil to exist, and out of it produce good.” Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas pg27

Summary:

God allows evil to exist so he can demonstrate his supremacy and ultimate goodness by making good out of evil.

Interpretation:

The entire play of events that proceeds from Genesis to the end was a demonstration of Gods ultimate goodness and power to produce good from evil, before its final judgment.

Or

The entire play of events from Genesis to the end is God seeking to redeem good from evil rather than to simply judge evil. A lesser god in power and goodness could only judge evil, but a greater god in both goodness and power could redeem and transform evil and make good of it.

Problem:

If man has the ability to do both good and evil he can both work for and against God. Furthermore, if man can work for God of his own ability than he is equal in ability with God. Therefore, it must be understood that man can work evil in his own ability, but he can work good only by quickening of God’s Spirit in him. God as the prime mover is the only one to act in pure goodness in and of himself.

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Did God create evil?

It would seem that the highest good, God, is the cause of evil. Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas, pg 274

Isaiah 14:5, 7 “I am the Lord, and there is no other God, forming light, and creating darkness, making peace, and creating evil.”

Amos 3:6 “Shall there be evil in a city, which the Lord hath not done?”

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3 responses to “Why Did God Create Evil?

  1. I believe it. Ever heard of Piper’s book Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ? He has it in podcast form and it is astounding.
    I did a post today.

  2. charityposey

    It is all to bring glory to God, and I am okay with that! Why do you think some people are not okay with this idea?

    • thekeynote00

      I think a lot of people have a problem with this because they cant mend the idea that God is all good with the existence of evil. I’ve even written to this fact several times in the past. It is just much easier to have everything in nice clean separate compartments. God is good. Evil is…well evil. And the two never touch.
      But life is full of gray area… the line is never that simple, and so it is between God and evil.

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