God Creates Evil??? No Way!

In the KJV, Isaiah 45:7 says God creates evil. This 1-minute devotion explores the Greek word used as well as other Scriptural concepts. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

Some folks are eager to find things that make God look bad. Recently, someone brought Isaiah 45:7 to my attention for this purpose:
“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” KJV(1)

By ignoring the rest of Scripture, they concluded that God is responsible for evil.


1. Scripture explains that God created a perfect world and when mankind sinned, evil entered the world.(2)

2. Scripture describes God as pure goodness, love and light.(3)

3. The Hebrew word ra' in this passage is best translated “adversity,” not evil.(4)

4. The context of the passage is reward and punishment, not the origin of good and evil.(5)

God does create justice through adversity: He punishes unrepentant sinners and refines the faith of His children through adversity.

But He doesn’t create sin, encourage sin, or cause sin.(6)

Many verses in Scripture, when pulled out of context or read in a single translation can appear to say something they don’t.(7)
 (1) The King James is a good translation, but just like other good translations, it has passages that don't best reflect the original Greek and Hebrew. That's one reason it's good to study several good translations. The original Hebrew and Greek are the most accurate forms of Scripture, but God intended for all languages to enjoy His Word, so we shouldn't get too hyper about translation differences. Many of the Hebrew and Greek words have no equivalent in other languages, so we do the best we can.

In the KJV, Isaiah 45:7 says God creates evil. This 1-minute devotion explores the Greek word used as well as other Scriptural concepts.

No translation is "perfect" but all of the major translations are good for reading and study. The King James Version was written before the oldest manuscripts of Scripture were discovered (the Dead Sea Scrolls), so it contains passages not included in the original manuscripts but added later by scribes. These added passages do not contradict Scripture, but the newer translations omit them because they were not part of the original manuscripts. Some people claim that newer translations are less accurate than the KJV due to these missing passages. That's not true.

See Isaiah 45:7 in the NIV,

For more on translations, see: Is the KJV the Best Translation?  Why Are the Newer Translations Missing Verses?, Missing Bible Verses, Is the King James the Only Reliable Bible?

(2)  Genesis 1:31; Genesis 3
(3)  Punishing evil is a good thing and God promises to do so: Isaiah 13:11, Revelation 21:5-8.
God also uses adversity to discipline His children so they will turn from sin: Hebrews 12:1-12. And He uses adversity to refine our faith: 1 Peter 1:6-7.

(4)  Strong’s Concordance
(5)  Isaiah 45
(6)  There is no darkness in God: 1 John 1:5. God never causes sin: James 1:13. Everything coming from God’s hand is good: James 1:17.
(7)  See Pieces Parts, Prayer in Context, 3 Ways to Discern Spiritual Truths.  

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