Gnostic Doctrine

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Yahweh created Evil Isaiah 45:7

Yahweh is Satan by making Evil

God is present everywhere and at the same time God also has unlimited power so there cannot be an opposing power in the universe there is the idea that the good things in life come from God and the bad things from the Devil or Satan.

But this is not what the bible teaches "I am Yahweh, and there is none else, there is no God beside me...I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil (N.I.V. "disaster"): I Yahweh do all these things" (Is.45:5-7,22).

God creates peace and He creates evil, or disaster. God is the author, the creator of "evil" in this sense. In this sense there is a difference between "evil" and sin, which is man's fault; it entered the world as a result of man, not God (Rom.5:12).

God create evil] i.e. not moral evil, but physical evil, calamity. Cf. Amos 3:6, “shall evil befall a city and Jehovah hath not done it?”

Moral evil proceeds from the will of man, physical evil from the will of God, who sends it as the punishment of sin

Sin and evil are as cause and effect. God is the author of evil, but not of sin; for the evil is the punishment of sin. "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I, Yahweh, do all these things." (Isa. 45:7) "Shall there be evil in a city, and Yahweh has not done it?" (Amos 3:6) The evil then to which man is subjected is Yahweh's doing. War, famine, pestilence, flood, earthquake, disease, and death, are the terrible evils which God inflicts upon mankind for their transgressions. Nations cannot go to war when they please, any more than they can shake the earth at their will and pleasure; neither can they preserve peace, when He proclaims war. Evil is the artillery with which He combats the enemies of His law, and of His the holy ones; consequently, there will be neither peace nor blessedness for the nations, until sin is put down, His people avenged, and truth and righteousness be established in the earth

Because the word 'satan' just means an adversary, a good person, even God Himself, can be termed a 'satan'. In essence there is nothing necessarily sinful about the word itself. The sinful implications which the word 'satan' has are partly due to the fact that our own sinful nature is our biggest 'satan' or adversary, and also due to the fact that the word satan is a personification of human nature the use of the word in the language of the world refers to something associated with sin.

God Himself can be a satan to us by means of bringing trials into our lives, or by standing in the way of a wrong course of action we may be embarking on. But the fact that God can be called a 'satan' does not mean that He Himself is sinful.

The books of Samuel and Chronicles are parallel accounts of the same incidents, as the four gospels are records of the same events but using different language. 2 Sam.24:1 records: "Yahweh...moved David against Israel" in order to make him take a number of Israel.

The parallel account in 1 Chron.21:1 says that "Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David" to take the number. In one passage God does the provoking, in the other Satan does it. The only conclusion is that God acted as a 'satan' or adversary to David. He did the same to Job by bringing trials into his life, so that Job said about God: "With thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me" (Job 30:21); 'You are acting as a satan against me', was what Job was basically saying.

At the end of the book, Job's friends comforted him over "all the evil that Yahweh had brought upon him" (Job 42:11 cp. 19:21; 8:4). Thus God is the source of "evil" in the sense of being the ultimate permitter of the problems that we have in our lives.

1 Chr 21:1 - Satan stood up against Israel and enticed David to number the people. David told Joab and the leaders of the nation 'Get out there and count Israel from Beersheba to Dan and give me the total.'

Nothing wrong on the face of it, though it should be pointed out that since the verse itself offers no clue to the adversary’s identity “he” might have been any individual or thing opposed (adverse) to David's well-being. The translators had to have used some other source than 1 Chronicles to deduce David’s satan was their old friend “Satan the Devil.” The second occurrence is found in 1 Samuel. You can convince yourself the events are the same by comparing the people, place, and result in each.

2 Sam 24:1 - The wrath of Yahweh was again kindled against Israel and He (KJV margin: satan,
“the adversary”) set David against them, saying: 'Go number Israel.'

So who’s in charge here? Does this mean everywhere Yahweh appears it could be Satan? Or does it mean everywhere Satan appears it could be Yahweh? No wonder false-Christians are waffling. They assume Satan was originally one of Yahweh’s angels who revolted against the ”Heavenly Host.” They assume he lost and was booted out of Paradise. To top it off, they also assume Satan had no more to do afterward but seduce weak, dim-witted humans to sin. What's wrong with the idea is there’s no verse in the Bible saying the Elohim (angels) ever rejected the Deity’s supremacy. And what should be apparent to all is there’s no evidence anywhere to prove human beings need any help opposing God’s will.

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