Did God Create Evil?
One of the most used arguments I run across when dealing with God’s sovereignty and hyper-Calvinism is over God’s “creation” of evil. You can use the Bible to point this out. John 1:3 says “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made” and this would appear to be traumatic to the believer, but rest assured it isn’t. Here we need to look at a few more scriptures and get more information.
We can find a good description of the relationship good and evil have with one another in Isaiah 5:20:
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
There are more, but this one should suffice. In it we see that good and evil are diametrically opposed one another by their comparisons to sweet/bitter and light/darkness. One is definitely not the other.
Now let’s look at Genesis 1:31 which says “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good…” Now God has declared all of His creation “very good.”
If God created evil then that would mean that God would think evil is good, but that is an absurdity when we read Isaiah 5:20. When we look at John 1:3, which shows nothing was made without Jesus, Isaiah 5:20, which illustrates good and evil as polar opposites, and Genesis 1:31, wherein God declares His work “very good,” we can come to two separate conclusions:
(1) Evil is not a created thing, and (2)God did not create evil.
So where does evil come from? It is, as best I can tell, what happens in the absence of God’s glory and became known to man at the Fall, in accordance with God’s judgment. It is nothing more than the absence of God and His eternal goodness, much like darkness takes over in the absence of light and cold takes over in the absence of heat. It is not a thing that can be interacted with, but a quality which we ascribe to people and their actions according to the laws of objective morality. So, while I’m not arguing for hyper-Calvinism, I am arguing that God did not and could not create evil.
P. S. Don’t fall into the trap of the KJV in Isaiah 45:7. That is simply a transliteration issue and almost every other version says “create calamity” which is typically in concert with God pronouncing judgment on a nation.