Q: In Genesis 3 evil comes into the world. Why did God create evil? After all if God supposedly created everything then he must have created evil also.
A: God did create everything; nevertheless, Bible scholars and theologians continue to argue over whether God specifically created evil or not. He did create Satan who had been his highest angel but became evil by choice, by rebelling against God. He also created the man and the woman and gave them the freedom to choose—to make choices. It is by the choice of Adam and Eve that evil came into the world. I don’t believe that God specifically created evil but by creating and allowing choices, God did allow evil to become a reality by default.
Some want to blame God for all the evil, sickness, death, poverty, hunger, and catastrophes in the world, after all he is suppose to be in charge? But rebellion against God created all that mess by default and doing our own thing perpetuates it all.
But God also created an eternal Kingdom where there is no evil, sickness, death, catastrophes, or hunger and poverty. He offers us the choice to become part of his eternal kingdom forever by believing in and accepting his Son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. He wants us to become part of His family forever, that was his plan for humanity from the very beginning. But the choice is ours:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. –ESV