"Walk By Faith, Not By Sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7
A wonderful child of God who is continually seeking posted a commentary on her website today entitled, “Why Did God Create Evil?” The commentary was taken from a Ravi Zacharias. Upon reading it, you will see that evil is ultimately the absence of good, such as darkness is the absence of light. I have heard this before, and it has given me a deeper understanding of why the world is the way it is. We may not often understand why things, such as lies, evil, deceit happen, but we can acknowledge that they do. God has given us free choice because He is a loving god. He created us so that we could glorify and praise Him all our days. Now, you may be wondering why He would allow free choice if He knew what was going to happen before it took place, and that is a great mystery. That is one thing I wish I could answer, but know that God has his reasons; reasons that, as human beings, we are not capable of comprehending.
Mary, the author of My Life with Christ, had a very good question about God creating evil. She states that Isaiah 45:7 says that God did create evil. That can be found in the King James version of the Bible, which states:
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
However, the New International Version states:
I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the Lord, do all these things.
You may be wondering which one is correct and which isn’t. Both are correct. They are both examples of the translations from the original Hebrew text. A great way to interpret this, Mary, is to know that God has made everything happen for a reason. Though I don’t understand to the full extent why God allowed for free choice, enabling sin to come into the world, I can be sure that it is all part of His wonderful plan, which is something we will never be able to wrap our heads around because He is so much mightier than we are, such is His plans for us and this world.
When I read the NIV version, I interpret disaster to be literal, such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. Taking it from that point of view, we can begin to have a little insight into God’s plan. Through these disasters, many have come to the Lord, seeking for His comfort and the help of the Church. That is what we as Christians are supposed to do, after all, is to help the orphaned, widowed, helpless. James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.