Does God Create Evil? Isaiah 45:7 | Jesse Morrell

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DOES GOD CREATE EVIL?
Explained by Jesse Morrell

“Calvinists will even try to use the Bible to teach that God is the Creator of sin. They misuse Isaiah 45:7 which says, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” The Hebrew word used for evil means “calamity.” Calamity is physical evil. It does not mean that God created moral evil. God talks about bringing “evil” or calamity to a city to punish their sins (Neh. 13:18; Jer. 21:10; 25:29; Amos 3:6). God did not say, “I make righteousness and create evil.” Evil is not contrasted with righteousness but is contrasted with peace, because the evil referred to is calamity. God gives peace to the righteous but God destroys the wicked.” The Natural Ability of Man: A Study on Free Will & Human Nature by Jesse Morrell, p. 67

The Bible teaches that God not only chooses to “create evil” but also that God repents of the evil!

Exo 32:14 – And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

Jon 3:10 – And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

When we understand that the “evil” spoken of is judgment or calamity, then it makes sense when we read that God creates evil and repents of the evil.

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2 Responses to Does God Create Evil? Isaiah 45:7 | Jesse Morrell

  1. CALVINISM REFUTED BY SOUND EXEGESIS

    Jeff Barnes asked on Facebook, “Hey Jesse, how do you interpret Isa. 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. No tricks, just want to know.”

    The Hebrew word used for “evil” in that verse refers to calamity or judgment. That is why it is contrasted with “peace” instead of contrasted with “righteousness.” It is talking about physical evil, not moral evil. You will notice in the Old Testament that God threatens “evil” against certain cities. Then it says God will “repent of the evil” if sinners repent. Jonah 3 with Nineveh is an example of this.

    Calvinists quote Isaiah 45:7 to say God creates evil. Fine. Granted. Now I quote Joel 2:13 to say that God not only creates evil but repents of the evil also.

    “And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.”

    Also Jer 18:8 “If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.”

    So what type of evil is he talking about in these passages? These verses do NOT support the Calvinist doctrine that God is the Sovereign Author of all sin through His Eternal Secret Decrees.

    Calvinist does not hold up to proper exegesis. They have to take verses out of context and twist their meaning to support their blasphemous doctrines.

  2. Let the Bible interpret itself:

    “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7

    “And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.” Exodus 32:14

    “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.” Jonah 3:10

    “And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.” Joel 2:13

    “If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.” Jer. 18:8

    What is the “evil” that God creates, threatens, and repents of? Hint: it is not the sins of men.

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