Did God Create Evil?
By RE CASTEL
"For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so,.. righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility."
If only the good is allowed in our existence, there would be no way of knowing what good is, in the superlative sense... If the good alone existed it would remain as dead. If the evil alone existed it would remain as dead.
God has offered us the chance to obtain the knowledge of good and evil, which knowledge of good and evil is the same as the knowledge that the gods possess and in the which they have triumphed to their everlasting joy. We accepted God's offer.
But there is a law incident to the obtaining of the knowledge of good and evil. Those who do good will inherit the eternal rewards for their choice of the good, and those who do evil will be disinherited and will get only the crumbs that fall off the master's table, or perhaps the worst.
Did God create evil? No. God has no direct hand in evil. But God righteously allows and uses evil for the time of probation for all mankind, until the lesson is learned and everyone is proved with the seals and tokens of their own actions in the time of probation.
Did God create Satan? No. According to the scriptures Lucifer was a son of God – a son of the morning, one of the elder sons of God. Lucifer was a son of God until he (not God) made himself the father of all evil and so was thenceforth called Satan.
When God fulfills the laws that bring about pain, sorrow and even death – the wrath of God so-to-speak – is it evil? No. God's fulfillment of the laws are just. The laws are righteously upheld, for otherwise the order in the existence will cease.
It is logical to say that the choice between good and evil always existed. The concepts of the good and of the evil always existed. But God and the gods choose the good.
God did not create the actual evil. God created free-agent beings that can freely choose between good and evil. And those free-agents who chose the conceptual evil created the actual evil...