Any time you talk about what God did or didn’t do, you’re forced into definitions, and limitations of God, according to human concepts.
In other words, by defining what God can or cannot do, you must reduce God to human levels, or as the atheists like to say, man creates God in his own image.
Next, since you cannot prove the existence of God(or non-existence), you must argue from assumption: if there is a God, what is God capable of, and what does he intend, which means you’re still in the business of creating God in your image.
Having dealt with that issue, we come back to the original question: Did God create evil?
I’m not asking “Is God evil”, but did God create evil? If He did, then that would make Him responsible for the evil in this world. If He did not, and if Satan is fully responsible for evil, then God has created a being who can act outside God’s control, which means that God is not all powerful. He has to share the spotlight with Satan.
First, we can simply look at Isaiah 45:7: “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things”.
If God created the universe, and it operates according to the laws of cause and effect, we would have to conclude that God is the cause of all that is. If evil exists, then God created it.
Amos 3:6: “…shall there be evil in the city, and the Lord hath not done it?”
If God created everything that exists, then God would be responsible for everything that does exist. If God is all-knowing, then God would know in advance who would “accept Him” and who would “reject Him”.
If God is all-knowing, then your salvation cannot be dependent on your freewill choice, since God already knows what you will choose.
That’s what puts christian religion in a real contradiction, since it is impossible for the human mind to define truth in such a way that we can have both an all-knowing God and salvation dependent on free will.
The instant we start making a defense, we are defining God according to human limitations, and those very human limitations result in an estimated 38,000 versions of God.
So, if God did not create evil, and if evil is something we choose beyond God’s control, God can neither be omniscient nor omnipotent. If God is omniscient and omnipotent, then he knows our choices beforehand, and can choose at any time to alter those choices.
There is an argument that says to know something beforehand does not imply control. For example, I might have knowledge allowing me to know that an apple will fall from an apple tree tomorrow at exactly 2:15 PM, and it actually falls at the instant of which I predict. Did I control the apple falling? No, I did not, since the apple existed in time without my influence. Therefore, I can have prior knowledge of something without controlling it.
However, in talking about God, we are referring to a being who not only has knowledge of what will occur, but actually created the world in such a way that things would occur according to his foreknowledge. Since God created it that way, and since he has complete foreknowledge, that would mean God is fully responsible for all human choices, which takes us back to Isaiah 45:7.
The traditional teachings of christianity, therefore, must be wrong. Our “salvation” cannot be dependent on our freewill choice!
If we argue for freewill choice, ae we not actually arguing for what we personally consider to be correct? In other words, if I insist that God will save me only according to my choice, am I not also insisting that it is my knowledge and my choices that justify me before God?
It is precisely that mistaken concept that results in over 38,000 versions of christianity.
The problem is, when we choose to believe in God, we start seeking a process by which we can obey God. We look for rules that justify us in our actions, so we can show others why we are justified.
In seeking those rules, we are defining according to our own ideas what is true, and what is not true, and that creates the problem. Once we start making such definitions to the best of our ability, we are forced to we encounter questions for which there simply are no human answers. In such circumstances, there may be thousands of different ideas as to what is truth, which will automatically lead toward a splintering of religious ideas about God.
This, as I wrote earlier, is now demonstrated by Godel’s theorem in mathematics. No matter how formally we try to define truth, no matter how explicit our definitions, we ultimately end up with an infinity of undecidable propositions. All truth simply cannot be placed in one package.
So, if we actually must “choose Christ” by a freewill act in order to be saved, we MUST conclude that such a choice cannot be based n complete knowledge of truth!
Whatever we choose to believe will predictably splinter into thousands of interpretations of God!
If this is predictable from a mathematical theorem, it is obviously within the range of God’s foreknowledge. If man can know it, it is certain that God would have known it long before. The splintering and speciation of religions into thousands of interpretations is predictable mathematically, and therefore is predictable within the knowledge of God, since we would have to assume that God created mathematics.
The instant we start trying to define God, we become subject to the limitations of Godel’s theorem, because we are forced to use the very same mechanical processes of thought that led to mathematics, logic, and resulted in Godel’s theorem.
If God created mathematics, God would have known this from the beginning. Godel’s incompletenness theorem, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Turing’s halting problem, the Church/Turing thesis, and Chaitin’s algorithm information theory, all these would have been foreknown by God, and all of them leading to complete uncertainty regarding truthful definitions of God.
By that concept, every increase in uncertainty, every doubt, every mathematical proof that leads us away from false assumptions, must be “God’s will”, if we choose to believe in God.
From that same conclusion, we would have to also conclude that the evils of the world, the actions that leads us to question the meaning of our own existence, the reality that forces us to greater individuality, this would have to be “God’s will”.