posted on Oct, 13 2015 @ 03:40 AM
Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
I've never known a Bible-believer that could take "God" stating "I create evil" at face value. What's your view on it?
First, we've got to deal with linguistic issues. Even the best apologists can't save the verse I'm afraid:
Notice that the context of the verse is dealing with who God is and that it is God who speaks of natural phenomena (sun, light, dark) and that it
is God who is able to cause "well-being" as well as "calamity." Contextually, this verse is dealing with natural disasters and human comfort issues.
It is not speaking of moral evil. Rather, it is dealing with calamity, distress, etc.
What's the problem? The verse blows apart the notion that the Biblical "God" is "good" and that's an essential belief for most Bible-believers.
After all, if the best interpretation of the verse is that "God" 'only' creates "calamity, distress, etc.", is that a manifestation of a "good"
entity? Not by any evaluative measures I'm familiar with.
So, what we're left with is a "God" that is something like "the force" from Star Wars
. It's the positive and the negative side simultaneously.
There's a view that you'll never hear from a television evangelist. Ironically, it's a far more interesting view than what the average Bible-believer
Some will argue that all versus have to be taken in context of the entire Bible. Well, let's do that then. Please start with "God" bringing calamity
by killing almost everyone in the "great flood" and later by cruelly toying with his faithful servant Job to win a bet with "Satan." And that's just
the tip of the iceberg of course.
I think it's an interesting thought experiment to think of "God" as being exactly what Isaiah 45:7 says...good and evil simultaneously.
on 13-10-2015 by Profusion because: (no reason given)