“If God created evil to tempt us then He is responsible for our sins.
It appears you haven't red the article (The Purpose of Evil
) thoroughly or well enough to notice that your objections are answered there according to the Scriptures. God created the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil before Adam sinned, as well as the serpent (Satan), whom Jesus described as a murderer from the beginning
. God made him that way.
And yes, it all was good. You assume otherwise, but you're wrong. “For the creation was not willingly subjected to vanity
, but because of Him Who subjected it on hope…” (Romans 8:20 MKJV).
You're also wrong to assume that because God creates evil, He is evil.
Isaiah 45:5-7 MKJV
(5) I am the LORD, and there is none else, no God besides Me; I clothed you, though you have not known Me;
(6) that they may know from the rising of the sun, and to the sunset, that there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is none else;
(7) forming the light and creating darkness; making peace and creating evil. I the LORD do all these things.
If God isn't omnipotent and totally sovereign, then He isn't the God He says He is and must be in order to be working ALL
things together for good.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 MKJV).
Does this mean truth and goodness prevail only for those who love God, or that those who love God know truth and goodness prevail over all? The Scriptures declare the latter:
“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound, so that as sin has reigned to death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:20-21 MKJV).
Hmmm, so God is telling us that His grace will reign through righteousness to eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord anywhere
where sin has reigned to death. Looks like that leaves out… nothing and no one.
“For God has shut up all in unbelief, so that He might show mercy to all” (Romans 11:32 MKJV).
How will everyone come to know His goodness and love, had they not been subjected to their own evil and its consequences? Think about it, Ma Searing. You're out of line with His righteousness and declaration of what is.
A grateful sinner shown mercy, declaring Him alone Who is good and rules over all,