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Well, first of all, “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Cor. 14:33) Second, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” (Deut. 32:4) Third the Scriptures says, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:” (Jam. 1:13) So, according to these Scriptures the answer to this question would be, NO. However, Solomon wrote, “Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?” (Lam. 3:38) The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.” (Jer. 18:11) Likewise, Isaiah records, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” (Isa. 45:7) In addition, the Scriptures talks about evil in a city and claims that the Lord had done it (Amos. 3:6) Also, it mentions, “Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;” (Ezek. 20:25) So, the Scriptures records that God is the author of good and evil, but what does this mean? Well, Jesus said, “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” (Matt 7:18) The word “evil” has more than one meaning. It means punishment and it also means sin. The Scriptures tells us that God does not sin nor does he tempt others to sin. However, he does punish those who sin and in that way inflicts evil (punishment or judgment) upon them. Notice these verses: “Because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned, and which he made Israel sin, by his provocation wherewith he provoked the LORD God of Israel to anger.” (1 Kgs. 15:30) Job records, “But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” (Job 2:10) Again Isaiah said, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” (Isa. 45:7) So, while God brings peace and happiness to those who obey him, he also brings calamity (tragedy) upon those who disobey him and a good example of this was Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel records, “While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.” (Dan. 4:31, 32) Robert Notgrass

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