I John 4:8
II Kings 6:33
God never causes moral evil (i.e., sin). However, He does punish people for sin using pestilence, famine, war, and other “evils” (punishments).
For instance, in Psalm 5:4, evil is compared to “wickedness” (sin), and this verse implies that God never causes evil (moral corruption). However, in the other verses stating that God causes evil, it is speaking of pestilence and famine (II Kings 6:33), of physical destruction (Job 2:10), and of “punishment for…sins” (Lamentations 3:38-40). It is also contrasted with peace (Isaiah 45:7). In these cases, evil means “bad things,” not moral corruption.
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