In fact, on a positive note, Isaiah 6, the antiphonal cry of the angels was that God was holy, holy, holy.
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You see a glimpse of that, of course, when Jesus came into the world, God in human flesh. He was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners. God is not evil. God does not do evil. He cannot be tempted to do evil. He never tempts anybody else to do evil. God is not responsible for evil. The source of evil, the source of sin is outside God.
When God created angels and God created humans, He gave them intelligence, He gave them reason, and He gave them choice. And there is a sequence. I put those words in that order for a purpose. Intelligence gave them the ability to understand things. Reason gave them the ability to process that understanding toward behavior. And choice gave them the freedom to determine that behavior. Intelligence, reason, and choice. Bottom line: with what they knew, and with the ability they had to process that information, they would be brought to a choice.
And whether angels or men, they would have the choice either to obey God or not to obey God. Listen to this, to disobey God was to initiate evil. Evil is not the presence of something, evil is the absence of righteousness. Evil is a negative. Evil is the absence of perfection. Evil became a reality only when creatures chose to do disobey. Evil came into existence initially then in the fall of angels and then next, in the fall of Adam and Eve. Just put it this way in your mind. Evil is not a created thing. Evil is not a substance. Evil is not an entity.
Evil is not a being. Evil is not a force. Evil is not some floating spirit. Evil is a lack of moral perfection.
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God created absolute perfection. Wherever a lack of that exists, sin exists. And that cannot exist in the nature of God or in anything that God makes. Now, let me take it a step further. God did not create evil, He did not author evil, He did not make evil. But listen carefully, very important, God did decree to use evil as a part of His eternal plan, okay?
He will not be culpable for it. He did not bring it into existence. That would be impossible because God is good, all good, and only good. Therefore, whatever comes out of Him is all good and only good. God can therefore produce only good. And what is evil but the absence of that good, which is a choice made by the reasonings, based upon the information revealed through His creatures. But, God was not caught off guard. In fact, God decreed that evil would be part of His plan. He is not the creator of evil and He is not the cause of evil.
He did not bring evil into existence in a cosmic sense, and He did not and does not bring evil into existence in a personal sense. He is not the cause of sin, nor is He the cause of sins in the lives of people. But He does use it for His purposes.
That is a really poor translation and not true. God does create calamity.
If you read the context of Isaiah it is clear that judgment is the issue. God does not create evil, but God does bring judgment on evil, creating therefore the calamity by which evil is judged. Now, listen carefully. Scripture written by God always assigns the guilt and responsibility for all sin to creatures, never to God, never to God.
Beyond that, we operate in faith. We do know some things. We know God is holy, right?
We know He tempts no man, neither is tempted by any man. All the things we went through. No evil dwells in Him. He is all light and no darkness. We know that, we believe that. God is not the author of confusion. He is not the source of sin.
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Sin comes into existence when the standard of moral perfection is not met and that is an act based upon intellect, reason and choice made by His creatures. Now, the question then comes up: why would God allow sin? Come on now. I can only speculate.
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And it is this, what did sin coming into the world bring about? Well, it brought about, I would say, three things. And these are the three reasons why I believe God allowed evil. Number one, it brought about the salvation of sinners, right? God had to allow sin; God had to decree sin in the plan though never the author of it, in order that He might save sinners. Well, why did God want to save sinners? To put on display attributes that otherwise never would have been manifest, right?
So, God provided a means by which He could demonstrate grace, demonstrate mercy.