Did God Create Sin?

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Q. Since God created everything, did God create sin?

A. God did create everything, but God did not create sin, because sin is not a “thing”. The Bible defines sin as “lawlessness” (1 Jn 3:4). 1 Jn 5:17 states, ” All wrongdoing is sin”. In other words, sin is defined in negative terms. In Greek the noun “sin” means missing the mark, that which is done wrong, an offence, a violation of the divine law in thought or in act. Sin is therefore not a positive “entity”, but a negation of that which is righteous, a mistake.

Let me give you an illustration. Gen 1:2 says, “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep“. Before creation, there was emptiness and darkness. Emptiness is not a thing, it is the absence of things. Darkness is not a thing; it is the absence of light. You cannot measure darkness by itself. Instead, you measure light, which God created on the first day. Similarly, sin is not a thing; it is the denial of righteousness, which took placed when man disobeyed God.

On the other hand, God is always positive, He is:
• Truthful (Jn 3:33), and therefore impossible for God to lie (Heb 6:18);
• Faithful (1 Co 1:9, 10:13; 2 Co 1:18);
• Just (2 Thes 1:6);
• Light (1 Jn 1:5, without darkness);
• Love (1 Jn 4:8, 16).
Since God is all positive, the diametrical opposite of all that is negative, it is impossible for God to create sin, for He cannot disown Himself (2 Tim 2:13) i.e. deny His own nature.

When God created the heavens and the earth, everything was good (Gen 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25) or very good (Gen 1:31). There was no sin. Sin did not come into the picture until Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Gen 3:6-7). The Apostle stated in Rom 5:12, “… sin entered the world through one man” i.e. Adam. God did not create sin, the devil and Adam did.

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