Trying to understand dear Sparrow, and I really think I'm missing something, not quite tracking. Are you saying the scripture would then read "I make peace and peace only; I did not create evil"? Or something else. Please help me better understand the specific point of your last post. Absorbing lots of info today (I'm at work) and probably seeing a little dimly right now.
I see this life as a schoolyard... contrasts in love and non-love.
But once the lesson is learned... there will be no more non-love.
That's basically what I'm saying.
To me, evil = non-love.
God IS love.
So he cannot NOT be love.
When it says He creates evil...
It is only created in the same sense that darkness is "created" when the light is turned OFF in a room.
In other words, God doesn't force a man to rape and murder a child.
The man rapes and murders the child because he has turned AWAY from love.
all evil (actions of non-love) are all showing us something.
When we do not LOVE...the consequences, what happens, the result.
We are here to learn.
We will absolutely CLING to God forever, when this whole history of this earthly life has played out.
This whole history, every action, every life, is a thread in the tapestry.
The tapestry of life that will serve to show us the effects, trickling down in every way, shape and form the results of love... and the results of non-love. From the most miniscule of things to the largest things. From the most evil to the most loving.
God IS LOVE.
When we turn from LOVE, we are in darkness, and we do dark (non-loving) things.
Everything will be brought to light.
But it is to teach us.
Do you know what I mean?
Perhaps the confusion is that I am misunderstanding what the guy is talking about?
perhaps my response doesn't line up with what he is talking about?
I still do not believe that God CREATES evil or IS evil in ANY way, shape or form.
We EXPERIENCE non-love when we choose to turn away from Love.
We are here to learn the power of love.
and the futility of non-love.