[b-hebrew] FW: origin of evil

Sameer Yadav sameer_yadav2 at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 9 14:27:32 EDT 2006

Moderator?  Isn't the question of theodicy outside the scope of this
discussion list (unless it is discussed in connection with elucidating some
feature of a corpus of Hebrew texts or their ANE context)?

- sameer yadav

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[mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Lisbeth S. Fried
Sent: Saturday, September 09, 2006 11:33 AM
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Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] origin of evil

Dear Harold,
Are not disasters evil??? What about the Tsunami, which killed over 300,000
men, women, children, babies? You say that God as only good must have some
ulterior good motive for killing all those people? If God has free will,
acts, is a moral agent, and commits disaster, then he also does evil, as he
is quoted as saying.
Liz Fried
> HH: God says that he creates evil, so of course you can say that. But
> clearly moral evil is due to moral agents, and God as a moral agent does
> not produce moral evil because he is holy. However, angels and men do
> produce moral evil by contravening God's good will.
> HH: Right, but I think Isa 45:7 is using the term "evil" in the sense of
> "disaster." I understand what you are saying about moral evil being a
> by-product of God's creation of the world. However, it was not a
> necessary by-product, since it is due to the free will choices of moral
> beings. He was not the direct Creator of moral evil, since it arose
> through angels and human beings.
> Yours,
> Harold Holmyard
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