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   Home >> Columns >> Article of Faith >> God is responsible for all the
   evil in the world (1)

God is responsible for all the evil in the world (1)

   On August 12, 20181:12 amIn Article of Faithby Nwafor
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   By Femi Aribisala

   As a Christian, life becomes a lot easier once we take God at his
   word.  Nevertheless, many find it difficult to do so.  One area of
   great difficulty concerns the origin of evil.  Christians find it
   difficult to believe the God who is love is behind all the evil we see
   in this world?  We would rather be diplomatic and attribute it all to
   the devil.
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   However, the devil is merely the servant of God.  God says
   categorically he is the author of evil: "I form the light and create
   darkness, I make peace and create evil; I, the Lord, do all these
   things." (Isaiah 45:7).  Amos echoes this: "If there is calamity in a
   city, will not the Lord have done it? (Amos 3:6).
   Femi Aribisala

   Nothing good or bad happens outside of the will of God.  The devil
   initiates nothing.  He only does what God permits. (Job 1:6-12).  "Who
   can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? Is it not
   from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things
   come? (Lamentations 3:37-38).  Thus, Job asks his wife: "Shall we
   indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" (Job

   Indeed, God takes issues with those inclined to limit him to
   one-dimension: "It shall come to pass at that time that I will search
   Jerusalem with lamps, and punish the men who are settled in
   complacency, who say in their heart, `The LORD will not do good, nor
   will he do evil.'" (Zephaniah 1:12).

   Counsel of God

   The devil did not just happen: God created him.  He was not God's
   mistake; God cannot make a mistake.  God created the devil to be a
   devil.  Jesus says: "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or
   else make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known
   by its fruit. Offspring of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good
   things?" (Matthew 12:33-34).

   Who makes the good tree good and the corrupt tree corrupt?  Only God;
   the creator of all things!

   Popular Christian theology says the devil was created good, but he
   became evil.  In short, he diverted from the purpose that God
   purposed.  That is impossible!  Nothing deviates from God's purpose.
   The counsel of God is immutable.  His will is always done.  Paul says:
   God "works all things according to the counsel of his own will."
   (Ephesians 1:11).

   God is emphatic: "My purpose will stand." (Isaiah 46:10).  "Surely, as
   I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will
   stand." (Isaiah 14:24).  The psalmist says: "The plans of the Lord
   stand firm forever." (Psalm 33:11).

   So where do Christians get the fallacy of a devil created good who then
   deviated to evil?  The scriptural backing for this error is found in
   Ezekiel 28:1-19 where a lamentation of the king of Tyre is said
   mistakenly to be about Satan; and Isaiah 14:12-23, where a proclamation
   about the king of Babylon is also said incorrectly to be about Satan.

   In actual fact, in Ezekiel 28, the king of Tyre is compared to Adam and
   not to Satan.  It was Adam who was in Eden, the garden of God. (Ezekiel
   28:13).  It was Adam who was perfect in all his ways until iniquity was
   found in him. (Ezekiel 28:15).  It was Adam who was cast out of the
   mountain of God. (Ezekiel 28:16).

   The devil, on the other hand, was never perfect.  God created the devil
   to be devilish.  He says: "I have created the waster to destroy."
   (Isaiah 54:16).  Jesus also says the devil has always been devilish:
   "He was a murderer from the beginning." (John 8:44).  So, God did not
   make a mistake with the devil.  The devil and his works are part and
   parcel of the will of God.  As a matter of fact, the role of the devil
   is crucial in God's plan of salvation.

   Times and seasons

   So why did God create the devil, and why does God create evil?

   God creates evil that we might know and appreciate the good.  If we
   don't know darkness, we would not appreciate light.  If we don't know
   evil we would not appreciate good.  If we don't know sickness, we would
   not appreciate good health.  In short, God creates evil that we may
   know him: the good, merciful and compassionate God.

   For this reason, God creates times and seasons of good and evil.
   Solomon says: "To every thing there is a season, and a time for every
   purpose under the heavens: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time
   to plant, and a time to pull up what is planted; a time to kill, and a
   time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to
   weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance."
   (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4).

   Unlike man, God does things in twos: "The LORD makes poor, and makes
   rich: he brings low, and lifts up." (Isaiah 2:7).  The psalmist says:
   "God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: that power belongs to
   God. Also to you, O Lord, belongs mercy; for you render to each one
   according to his work." (Psalm 62:11-12).

   If God speaks once, it is absolutely essential to hear him twice.  This
   is because the first time might be the expression of his power: but the
   second time will be the expression of his mercy.  Remember: God's mercy
   ultimately triumphs over God's judgment. (James 2:13).

   "For God does speak- now one way, now another- though man may not
   perceive it." (Job 33:14).  God's second often brings his first into
   sharp relief.  While the first might reveal the wrath of God, the
   second reveals the grace and mercy of God.  Accordingly, the first man
   was Adam the sinner but the second man is Jesus the righteous.  God
   first gave the law through Moses, where the wages of sin is death.
   Then he revealed his grace through Jesus, where the gift of God is
   eternal life.

   The resurrection and the life

   Make no mistake about it, God is a killer: "The Lord sent a plague on
   Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell dead." (1 Chronicles
   21:14).  Don't romanticise Jesus out of this either.  Listen to his
   words: "I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery
   with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. I
   will kill her children with death." (Revelation 2:22-23).

   However, unlike man who kills in order to destroy, God kills in order
   to make alive.  Therefore, expect God to redeem life out of death: "The
   LORD kills, and makes alive: he brings down to the grave, and brings
   up." (1 Samuel 2:6).  "He bruises, but he binds up; he wounds, but his
   hands make whole." (Job 5:17-18).

   That is the beauty of our lord Jesus Christ.  He creates evil in order
   to redeem perfectly from it.  He kills in order that the redemptive
   works of God may be revealed. (John 9:3).  Now you can understand why
   Jesus stands in glory as: "the resurrection and the life." (John

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