Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

God did not create Satan as an evil being (Ezek. 28:15), and neither did He create man as a sinner (Ecc. 7:29). God is not in control of the wicked things that Satan and sinners choose to do of their own free will. Calvinists have a low view of God because they think He is so weak that He has to control everything to accomplish His purpose. God is the author of sin according to their unbiblical philosophy. Blasphemy! God is so wise and powerful that He can give man a free will and still accomplish His purpose.

Following two basic rules of Bible study will help us understand what God meant when He said, “I make peace, and create evil.”

  • Always seek to understand Bible words in accordance with how they are used in the Bible. 

The word “evil” is used 613 times in the Bible (interesting number!), and it does not always refer to that which is sinful (just check each reference in context). The same Hebrew word is also translated “calamities” in Ps. 141:5; “adversity” in Ps. 94:13; “grievous” in Prov. 15:10; “afflicted” in Num. 11:11; “misery” in Ecc. 8:6; “trouble” in Ps. 41:1; “hurt” in Gen. 26:29. These words do not describe sin itself, but the consequences of it.

  • Never seek to understand a verse without considering its context. 

In the context, the word “evil” concerns God’s judgment (see Isa. 45:1-7). God often teaches by contrast. He creates darkness by removing light. He creates evil by removing peace. There are other passages that refer to God’s judgment as “evil” (e.g., Ex. 32:14; Amos 3:6; Jon. 3:10). God’s judgment is always righteous!