Who Created Evil?

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Here is a little story a friend of mine Jon Alvarez shared with me:

THE STORY

The university professor challenged his students with this question. “Did God create everything that exists?” A student bravely replied, “Yes, he did!” “God created everything?” The professor asked. “Yes sir”, the student replied. The professor answered, “If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then God is evil”. The student became quiet before such an answer. The professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth. Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?” “Of course”, replied the professor. The student stood up and asked, “Professor, does cold exist?” “What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?” The students snickered at the young man’s question. The young man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-4600 F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat. “The student continued, “Professor, does darkness exist?” The professor responded, “Of course it does.” The student replied, “Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.” Finally the young man asked the professor, “Sir, does evil exist?” Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.” To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love that exist just as does light and heat. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.” The professor sat down. Author Uknown

FROM ADAM TO SETH TO YOU

The bible teaches us that when God created man he created him in his own image. More specifically when we consider the image of God, we are talking about the righteous, pure and holy nature of God. So Adam was created in the likeness and image of holiness and righteousness. This is the image that man (singular) was created in. He was the pinnacle of God’s creation. His only freewill creature here on earth. The bible also teaches us that when Adam fell from grace in the garden of Eden he fell out of right relationship with his creator. When Sin entered into Adam he lost that perfect moral likeness of his creator. Thus begin a tragic domino affect in all of mankind because the bible teaches us that when Adam had his child (Seth) that Seth was created in the likeness and image of his father (Genesis 1:3). Like his father before him he took on the nature of his father Adam. Three important points here:

1. Seth (Son of Adam) Created in the likeness of a fallen sinful man

2. Unlike Adam Seth was born with the tendency to perform sinful acts

3. Like Seth you and I are born with this sinful nature

PROPENSITY

A natural inclination or tendency that is the definition of propensity. Since the fall of Adam man has drifted farther and farther from God and because of this drift mans propensity to do evil has grown stronger and stronger; thus the reality of the illustration “evil the absence of God” this is what the bible says in 1 John 3:9, “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” In other words whoever is born of God their very nature is changed, no transformed. When I was void of God often times it was easy to sin but now that the Spirit of God abides in the spirit of my mind, my own mind or consciousness is aware of God, thus is born what Christians call conviction. As a matter of fact the change is so life changing so life transforming that often failing God in even little ways will convict me. Little things like not treating someone in an entirely loving way will eat at me because God’s Spirit is convicting me. These things just didn’t bother me when I was a man/woman void of God.

NEW NATURE

“Lest a man be born of water and Spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God” these are the words of the one sinless man who died for all sinful men. Jesus Christ words to Nicodemus are some of the most profound words you will ever hear in your life. These words are the delineating point between the different teachers of the great religions of this world. Most religions have rules of morality for men to practice, a practice of righteousness you could say but Jesus words challenge the man Nicodemus not to live a life that practices morality but to put on a new nature that is righteous. How difficult it is for unmoral people to practice morality. It is much easier to perform works of righteousness when your spirit is righteous. Thus the famous words of the Apostle, “Be ye not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

NEW NATURE

“If any man be in Christ he is a new Creature” the very necessity to become a new creature gives evidence that their was a problem with the old creature. The problem with the old creature was that he was evil void of God and born with the propensity to sin. The new creature is born in the likeness of the resurrected Christ with a new propensity, his/her new nature naturally will produce righteousness. Can a fountain of water produce both sweet and bitter waters? It can produce only one either sweet or bitter. The old nature producing its bitter sinful waters and the new nature producing its sweet waters of righteousness. I guess I will end by quoting a portion of my favorite verses in the New Testament:

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. Romans 8:5-10 KJV

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One thought on “Who Created Evil?

  1. This is very powerful and liberating. Gods grace can clearly be seen in this. Lots of answers are found in this single blog. May Gods grace be multiplied to you over and over. Amen.

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