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"Why does Isaiah 45:7 say that God created evil?"

Can anyone explain this:
Isaiah 45:7 in the King James Version reads, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create EVIL: I the LORD do all these things.

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msbrewton

Asked by msbrewton at 1:55 PM on Sep. 17, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Because some idiot wrote the Bible. God didn't write it, so we have NO clue what he created, if he even exists at all.
    JGRIMMER

    Answer by JGRIMMER at 1:57 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • why not? There must be some thing "evil" in order to test your loyalness and faithfulness.
    Roadfamily6now

    Answer by Roadfamily6now at 1:57 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • I agree with JGR........some idiot wrote the bible and there are many quotes of the Lord that to counter this one.

    zbee

    Answer by zbee at 2:02 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • Before commenting on this question " Do you know what evil really is"? You must think about this Your evil may not be God's definition of evil . When you think that you are right, it maybe evil in God's eyes. If you think that so many idots wrote the bible then what are you really saying about God. Is the Bible not his instructions for Us to live by so that we may see him one day?
    msbrewton

    Comment by msbrewton (original poster) at 2:09 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • The word translated “evil” is from a Hebrew word that means “adversity, affliction, calamity, distress, misery. The context of Isaiah 45:7 is God rewarding Israel for obedience and punishing Israel for disobedience. It isn't saying that God created moral evil or sin. It is saying that God can created adversity, affliction, or misery to those who disobey Him.
    missionarywifey

    Answer by missionarywifey at 3:29 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • missionwifey beat me to it.. :-) and OP you have the right idea. What kind of evil is it speaking of in the word.

    You know first poster... idiot means dumb... mental retardation ect. The writers of the bible were very brilliant people and full of wisdom and knowledge of the Lord that they served. Nothing idiotic about that .. just the exact opposite. It just doesnt happen to fit in your perception of who you think God is. Many people have a wrong perception because they have been blinded by hurt, pain ect. So when that kind of reaction comes out.. it comes from the heart of pain and hurt and anger. I hope you get free of that one day! The freedom is amazing and His love is even more amazing! :-)
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 3:43 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • Answer this one then, If God did not create evil as you say, then where did Satan get the idea that was better than God? Was evil not present in the beginning( Genesis)?

    How could he have an calamity thought without calamity already present?
    msbrewton

    Comment by msbrewton (original poster) at 5:13 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • If god created everything, then wouldn't he have created evil as well? Or did Lucifer created sin and evil and in that case, isn't he just as awesome as god for being able to create something out of nothing?

    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 6:00 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • This is a long and complex understanding. This scripture is true. Going back to Genesis and Hebrew roots, we have a spiritual light and a spiritual darkness that occured at the time of 'in the beginning'
    When God formed the light, darkness was created and He separated the light from that darkness. He called the light good, but not the darkness. Now this shows us that when one form is created, another is exposed. For instance in painting you will hear instructors say ' you have to have light to show dark, and dark to show light. This is a spiritual mandate within the workings of God and God has separated Himself from darkness and is exclusively good which means that He cannot change. He is consistent and darkness cannot understand this because darkness is inconsistent, it changes.
    Hebrew understanding, from where our current bibles come from through the language shows us a deeper meaning to God our English bibles cannot...
    shannonGilmour

    Answer by shannonGilmour at 9:47 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • ... continued.
    Hebrew understanding, from where our current bibles come from - through the language shows us a deeper meaning to our God, our English version bibles cannot convey.

    The above scripture is talking about a spiritual light and darkness that was a part of God at the time of our creation. Look up the word 'Choshek" and 'Owr" Understanding this is instrumental in understanding the issue of sin and why it has come into being.

    For a deeper understanding and explaination, I have written a free e-book entitled bible basics. Send me an email and I'll give you the link. This is such a deep concept and there isn't enough space to post it all here, so please there is no shameless plug here.
    shannonGilmour

    Answer by shannonGilmour at 9:54 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

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