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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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Jesus Picture of Perfect God, or Perfect Man?

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“The truth is that the Man who walked among us was a demonstration, not of unveiled deity but perfect humanity.” A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy.

We often equate Jesus life on the earth as this great picture of God among us. However, this is not an appropriate statement. God did not come to this earth to completely reveal himself, but to completely reveal what was lost in the fall off mankind. Jesus is the picture of original humanity. Jesus is our example to live by, not as a picture of God, because we are not supposed to be “God” (for there is only one God) but we are supposed to be as God first created mankind, like Jesus. We are not to be god-like(per say), but Christ-like. We are not called to fill the role of God, but our role as men and women created of God.

Jesus was perfectly united with God in relationship and action. And because of this he was able to point others to the Father. Jesus did not point to himself as the embodiment of everything God was and is. He was nonetheless still God, but his purpose was to restore the knowledge of what it means to be human. He is the Second Adam. He reflects everything Adam was created to be. He was the restoration of a righteous heritage rather than sin nature. He communed and walked with God as man was originally supposed to. At every point Jesus restored, to a fallen and lost humanity, the knowledge of what it means to be human.

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The Existence of Demons Revisited

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This post is a follow up to a post I had written in January, “So what’s is the reality of Satan, demons, and the spiritual world? Truth or Fiction?”

The major dilemma I discussed in the existence of demons is there purpose. Traditionally it has been taught that demons temp mankind to sin. However, this contradicts Scripture. For it’s written, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed (James 1:14).” Therefore if man’s lust and pride is the root of sin, what then is the purpose of demons?

Yet, after spending time reflecting on this issue and talking with others I feel I have come a suitable answer.

To deny the existence of demons would be to deny the reliability of the New Testament and it’s witnesses. Demons were not just an expression of the  “primitive” minds of the 1st century. Luke in his gospel account records both sickness and demon possession. Demon possession was not a misdiagnosis for the unknown illnesses.

Thus, if demons are real, as the New Testament claims, what is their function? It seems that they function like an accelerant to mans sin. Man does sin because he wants to, because he chooses to, because of his own lust and pride. Demons only add fuel to this fire accelerating mankind’s temptation. Present within Adam and Eve was the pride to “be like God.” All Satan did was hasten there fall by feeding them misinformation; misinformation that tickled the ears of Adam and Eve so that they felt comfortable sinning.

The same principle could apply to Jesus at the end of his 40 days of fasting in the wilderness. He was hungry, so the devil took advantage of his accelerate his desires. Likewise when he tempted him in the other areas. And when Jesus has resisted the devil for the third and, “When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time (Luke 4:13).”

The devil only exploits opportunities. He does not create them. The human heart is wicked. Jeremiah 17:9 declares, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

So we cannot pass the blame of sin onto demons, nor are they the unseen cause behind our temptation. Mankind is still responsible for their outworking of their pride and lust, which is sin. Demons only exploit the opportunity of our fallen nature.

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