The dreaded question that seems to stump a ton of us. It’s very interesting because I can’t seem to wrap my head around this one. So yes, satan rebelled against God. That was his free will decision, but God is all knowing, and he created the being that ended up becoming satan. God must have known that this being was going to rebel because he created him. God also created a universe in which this was possible. Therefore when this universe was created, the possibility of evil was also created, and if evil is possible within a universe, then it of course exists… and satan exploited it. So couldn’t you say that God created evil? If so, why did he do this?
May I also propose a response?
God created free will because if we all were just pre-wired to only love him, we wouldn’t have been able to choose that by ourselves, it would be as if we are just autonomous robots wired to love him, and real love is something that has to be chosen by the lover. Real love isn’t something that can’t be chosen. What is more authentic? Your child loving you because he is only pre-wired to do that? Or your child loving you because he chose to by his own free will? With that being said, God wants us to truly love him with real love, and that requires free will. The moment free will is introduced, the bad side, or evil, has to exist. So is that why God created evil?
This is the internal monologue in my head as of late and I am currently struggling to answer this.
Lets have a discussion, I want to hear your answers and thoughts.