Does God Commit Evil Acts or Make Evil People?

     God is never the causative reason for evil acts, (disease, mental illness, murders, thefts, abuses, wars, poverty, strife, etc.) All evil originates from just two places here on earth. It either originates from mankind, or from Satan, by their own free will. James said this. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Turning from what? The answer is, “Turning from good to evil. James is saying, “God is not the perpetrator of a single evil act. Never was, and never will be.

      God does not predestine some people to commit evil acts, nor does he predestine some for salvation and others for hell. That is not what Romans 9:21 or Eph.1.4 is saying. He does predestine things to happen to us, or for us, like the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart, or the blessings mentioned in Eph.1:3, but only through His foreknowledge of the choices we, ourselves, are going to make, in the first place.     

Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (God creates only good things, including Satan at the time he was created. The word says that everything here on earth, which God made in the beginning was very good. There is no record of God creating any life form which was evil. They became evil later through sin. Sin entered, through the “free will” He gave to mankind and Satan and his angels.)

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Comment: I realize that some theologians may argue that this verse is only referring to a specific group of people. However, the word says that God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34, 35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he who fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him.)

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (All means all, including those vessels of destruction  

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (God gives humans a free will to choose to believe or not believe. Through his foreknowledge, he knows which choice each of us will make, but that does not mean that he makes the choice for us.)

3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. (This verse asserts the goodness of God, and further states that He does not cause people to commit evil acts. This scripture wouldn’t make any sense if God was the causative reason for people committing evil acts.

     God never promotes evil. However, only He possesses the forbearance, necessary to deal with the infinite number of ripple effects, caused by just one evil act. That forbearance is what we humans cannot fully fathom. Many times, we mistake His forbearance, for God being the perpetrator of evil. No one, who is good, commits evil, not even God. However, God does tolerate evil, while putting in place steps, to not just mitigate its consequences, but to restore what was damaged or destroyed, to an even more glorious state. That takes time. Sinless Jesus suffered at the hands of evil men committing an evil act. Yet, He knowingly knew that he would be raised again to much greater power and glory, as a man, much greater than the power and glory he possessed as a man, before evil had its way with him. However, that hasn't happened yet and its been over two thousand years. (Remember, Jesus is both man and God. I am describing Him, as a man here. He already has all power as God) Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.)