The holy Scripture wants its readers and believers to know that God is love. God loves humans so much that he sent his only begotten son to die for them (John 3:16). Yet, Isaiah 45:7 from the old version of the King James bible stated..
I form the light and create darkness, I make peace, and create evil, I the Lord do all these things.
What exactly is meant by that the Lord of rightesousness created evil and darkness. This is what gotquestion.org commented on the subject matter.
There are two key facts that need to be considered. (1) The word translated “evil” is from a Hebrew word that means “adversity, affliction, calamity, distress, misery.” Notice how the other major English Bible translations render the word: “disaster” (NIV, HCSB), “calamity” (NKJV, NAS, ESV), and “woe” (NRSV). The Hebrew word can refer to moral evil, and often does have this meaning in the Hebrew Scriptures. However, due to the diversity of possible definitions, it is unwise to assume that “I create evil” in Isaiah 45:7 refers to God bringing moral evil into existence.
God cannot create evil as one wise man once said, evil is the absense of good. When the presence of God no longer dominates an area or people the result is evil. When the first men disobeyed the commandment of God not eat from the tree of good and evil, they rid themselves of the natural goodness of the Lord therefore make it a possibility for evil to conquer their hearts. But one might ask the question, why did God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden, since it is said that God does not tempt us and it is impossible for him to do so (James 1:13).
Another comment from gotquestion.org concerning the matter in question is the following
The context of Isaiah 45:7 makes it clear that something other than “bringing moral evil into existence” is in mind. The context of Isaiah 45:7 is God rewarding Israel for obedience and punishing Israel for disobedience. God pours out salvation and blessings on those whom He favors. God brings judgment on those who continue to rebel against Him. “Woe to him who quarrels with his Master” (Isaiah 45:7). That is the person to whom God brings “evil” and “disaster.” So, rather than saying that God created “moral evil,” Isaiah 45:7 is presenting a common theme of Scripture – that God brings disaster on those who continue in hard-hearted rebellion against Him.
God is our creator and he is all-knowing. We do not wish to question the Lord but we are truth seekers and whoever seeks the truth will find it. God cannot create evil and will never be a fan of it. Men on the other hand, are a great manipulator of the truth and have the ability to choose evil by absenting from God thus allow badness into existence. One way or another men are responsible for everything bad that happened in the world today. Since God created men, it is reasonable to say that he also create evil but one has to understand that God did not create robots, he gave men the right to intently choose to do evil through disobedience and to do good by submitting to him. It is fair to assume God allows evil but is not the creator of it. We men are.
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