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.