‘Unless we approach the Bible with deep humility, we can easily fall into the error of creating a god after our own image.’
In Isaiah 45:7 God says, ‘I make peace, and create evil’ (King James Version). Startling, no? Both ‘peace’ and ‘evil’ do carry a broad connotation in the Hebrew original, which leads to wide variations in translation (the general context of this chapter is of war, suggesting that the word evil here is related to that). But most contentious is the word ‘create’, with many theologians wishing to distance God from evil. Yet the Hebrew – uvoray ra – is unequivocal: ‘and create evil’. Hence if we allow scripture, we find that God creates evil.
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