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If God made everything good, why did he make evil to destroy his own world?

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Thank you for your interesting question. I hope this simple answer will help inform you:

You are right to say that God made everything. The first few parts of the Bible say that everything was made by God. This is also summarised in this verse:

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3)

It is also important to note that when God made all things, they were good:

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good (Genesis 1:31)

God made everything good.

It is important to recognise that, as God made everything good, he is not morally responsible for the evil that happens in this world. The reason there is evil in the world is due to the fall: humans choosing to go against God's goodness and turning away from him. This resulted in the fall and bad things coming into the world. We broke what God had made good:

Then the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:22)

The bad news is also that this wrong doing has separated man from God. We are now born apart from God:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23)

The Good News is that Jesus came to make it right again and that through him he makes all things new. He did not do anything wrong; being fully God and fully man, Jesus is able to reconcile us to God. He died in our place for our sin so that we can be made right with God.

There will be a time when all sin and evil is finally and completely destroyed by Jesus. In Revelation 21:1-4 we read: Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."

The question from this however is will you dwell with God on the final day? Are you one of his people? This can only be done through accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and therefore we implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20). If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video

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