Is God the source of evil? February 25, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, God, Religion, Theology.
I recently started a project to document verses in the Bible that are often ignored as being a part of the central message of Christianity.
I grew up in the Pentecostal/Charismatic environment. One of the core teachings of this movement is the “goodness of God.” When the preacher says “God is good” the response from the congregation is “all the time.” In other words – “God good. Devil bad.”
However I’ve recently highlighted several verses that seem to disagree with this theology. They show God as an active participant in evil deeds and sometimes even initiating these acts.
Here’s a small list:
God creates evil
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things
God sends evil spirits
After Abimelech had governed Israel three years, God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the citizens of Shechem, who acted treacherously against Abimelech.
God sends an evil spirit to torment Saul
1 Samuel 16:14-16
Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better.”
God devising evil against a family
Woe to those who devise iniquity and work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields and take them by violence, also houses, and seize them. So they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance. Therefore thus says the LORD: “ Behold, against this family I am devising evil, from which you cannot save yourselves; Nor shall you walk proudly, for it will be a time of evil.
Jason made this comment on 1 Samuel 16:14-16:
So what’s an “evil spirit”? A headache? Insomnia? An anxiety attack? Whatever it was, it would seem it was a health thing since Saul’s servants suggested someone play soothing music for him so he could “feel better”.
However, even if this is the case, then God would also be the source of disease and sickness.
This scripture (among others) support that view:
God sent diseases on the Egyptians
He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
These verses may be normal to many of you but for a former charismatic, they are shocking!