If God created all things, is He responsible for evil?  Scripture says God put His stamp of approval on all He created, and it is recorded in Gen. 1:31, “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good,” at the time of its creation.

In Genesis 1:1-4, God created light and called it good; He then separated the light from the darkness. Revelation 22:3-5 says He will do it again…

Revelation 21-22 describes the New Jerusalem:

Ø             1500 miles long, wide, and high [a cube]

Ø             with walls 200 feet thick [solid jasper]

Ø             12 gates, each from a single pearl [remaining open]

Ø             the City is illuminated by the glory of God [no sun, moon or other form of light is necessary]

John 1:1-5 says Jesus Christ is the Light that brings eternal life to men.  In John 8:12 Jesus says, “I am the lightof the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”  *See 1John 1:5-7

Sin [evil] is not something God created, it is the result of “free will” beings choosing to disobey God; therefore, we are accountable for our own sin and its consequences (Romans 5:12-14).

Pain, disease, death, and all the bad that happens are a result of original sin (Genesis 3:1-17), and we can clearly see the effects in our world today.

The devil is fully aware of what it takes to get us to do that which is SIN (1John 2:15-17).

God is not the author of evil nor is He to blame (1Corinthians 10:13; James 1:13-18); although, He does permit evil agents to work.  Ultimately however, He will make all things work together for good, to His own glory and praise (Romans 8:28-30).

God could have created humans to be robotic creatures with no freewill, like a colony of ants acting by instinct, unable to obey or disobey God.

God gave man freewill, and man chose to do that which was evil.  God then put on flesh and suffered to the point of death, in order that we might know the fullness of His love and receive forgiveness for our sin, through Jesus Christ, the ultimate expression of God’s goodness (John 3:16).

Colossians 2:9 All the fullness of the Godhead lives in bodily form in Christ Jesus…

2Peter 1:3-4 His [Jesus’] divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

We will see and experience both goodness and evil in this world; but in and through Jesus Christ we are able to see and to experience God’s holy, loving, gracious and merciful goodness.