EVIL | Part of God’s “All things”?

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How did evil enter the world? If God created everything, what about evil? Isn’t evil part of God’s creation? I’ll answer that in just few lines.
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The Bible says in Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things” and somewhere else in Exodus 15:26 the Bible says “…I will put none of this diseases uopn thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians…” There are so many other places in the Old Testament where there seem to be an indication that God is the author of evil. In fact, I have also heard a lot of preachers credit evil to God but also claim God created evil for those who trangress. Is this true?
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The Bible also says in Amos 3:6 (MSG) “When the alarm goes off in the city, aren’t people alarmed? And when disaster strikes the city, doesn’t God stand behind it?” And so? Is this enough to prove evil is part of God’s making?
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I would want you to know that the Old Testament had a limited revelation of God, the true character of God lacked major expression in the Old Testament. There are so many places in the Old Testament where things were added just because the nature of God was not understood. For instance, it was the devil that brought the predicaments Job faced but because Job didn’t know the very true character of God, he at some points blamed it on God. Another instance is in the killing of first borns in Egypt, some places in the Old Testament made it seem God killed them but no, it wasn’t God but an Angel of death, that Angel of death is a fallen angel otherwise known as demons! Sometimes, people give room for the devil to strike and that was the case of Egypt! Egypt didn’t respect God and He had to lift His protection and they became prone to the devil’s attacks.
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How do I know this? Am I just defending God or making up stories? No! I have come to understand the very character of God by looking at Jesus. The Old Testament was written by men who were spiritually blind, until the coming of Jesus, revelation was very limited. Yes, God used men that way until an appointed time when Jesus would come. This is why Jesus came correcting certain things even Moses had said and by that means proved superior to evey Prophet! Jesus came to correct the wrong impression people had about God. In Genesis 1, we saw a God who wanted relationship. Concerning Jesus, the Bible said people were astonished at His teachings for He taught them as one having authority, and not as scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29) The authority of scribes didn’t cross the boundaries of the Old Testament but Jesus had authority over the Old Testament, He had the authority to correct anything that isn’t in line with the true character of God.
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Without Jesus, the interpretaion of the Old Testament remains misleading! Jesus didn’t come to challenge the Old Testament but came to bring clarity to what God wanted to communicated through the Prophets that was not correctly communicated by the Prophets or those who teach from the words of the Prophets. In Matthew 5:43-44 we see Jesus saying “…ye have heard that it has been said “thou shall love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies…” Jesus came correcting things that wasn’t properly communicated! Actually, Jesus was translating the Old Testament in a permissive sense and not in causative sense.
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Jesus came to bring clarity to the proclaimations of the Prophets, He came to bring clarity to those shady areas of the Old Testament. In fact, a stand alone Old Testament will only potray an angry, wicked, selfish and callous God! But Jesus came to show us who God is and what the Old Testament was actually trying to communicate! The New Testament isn’t the continuation of the Old Testament, it is the revelation of the true stuff that the Old Testament carried its shadows. We know that Jesus is the Lord from prophecies about Him in the Old Testament, the Old Testament didn’t deny the person of Jesus.
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Concerning some things in the Old Testament, the Bible says in Colossians 2:16-17 “let no one judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regards to a festival, a New Moon, or a Sabbath. These are shadows of the things to come, but the body that casts it belongs to Christ.” the Bible also say in Hebrew 10:1 “The law is only a shadow of the good things to come, not the realities themselves…” Now, we see that shadows can be misinterpretated! This is why we must look to Jesus to understand the character of God and not in the Old Testament. Concerning Jesus the Bible says in Hebrews 1:3 “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being…” Jesus is the display of God’s beauty and the exact representation of who God really is.
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Any character in the Old Testament atrributed to God that isn’t consistent with that of Jesus is not God’s character, it was simply not communicated right! Jesus said concerning Himself in John 14:9 “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father…” You can’t see God’s exact representation in the Old Testament, you can only see it in Christ. God is good all the time and the Bible says in 1 John 4:8 that God is love. The totality of God’s character is love.
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Now we know God never created evil. Evil is the absence of good, evil is of the devil. If God created evil, then God is the devil but God didn’t! In fact, evil happens to people sometimes because they gave room to the devil. Bitterness, anger, hate and other vices can give the devil opportunity to strike. This is why God wants us to live by His word because when we walk in the light of the word, we are walking in absolute protection. Jesus said in John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” That portion of the Old Testament that says God create evil is only misinterpretated, what it is communicating is that evil happen when people willingly walk out of God’s protection! It is not God’s will that you experience evil and that is why He even want to save you from it. It is the devil who is out to kill and destory.
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This Earth is under the juridisction of man and therefore God can only interven where we want Him to. For instance, God wouldn’t want you to kill a brother but such crimes still happen. This is because God has given us the free will to make choices. Now, because people died, it doesn’t mean this is God’s will, because people suffer, it doesn’t indicate it is God’s making and God never in any way commissioned it to happen but it happens because this earth is under the control of man and not of God.
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Evil happen to people when they limit themselves from God’s protection, ignorance can also cause evil to happen! But this doesn’t mean God initiated it to happen because His desires is even to save you! In the Old Testament, God would have said “if you walk in my ways, you will experience peace but if you walk outside my way, you’ll get hurt.” People might have understood it differently or communicated it differently because they were yet to truly grasp the understanding of God’s character. When people walk outside God’s will and get hurt, they would have said it was God who hurt them for not walking in His ways but no, they walked into that hurt!
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God is the not the author of evil. Now let me tell you how to read and study the Old Testament. Any where that isn’t consistent with the rest of the scriptures should be red-flagged! Any part of the Bible that isn’t consistent with the rest shouldn’t be digested. There must be something wrong there, may be it was interpreted in a causative sense. Evil is not God’s making!
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Blessings!
I am George O.N
The Man-In-God
#GracefulGeorge

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