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THE NEED FOR DEVILS AND FALSE PROPHETS, Chapter 11 of Holy Priesthood Volume 5

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 THENEED FOR DEVILS AND FALSE PROPHETS, Chapter 11 of Holy Priesthood Volume 5


Pages 147 to 167


There is evil in the world, and there is also good. Was there ever a counterfeit without a true coin? No. (Brigham Young, JD 7:240)

It is sometimes difficult to understand why God created such a beautiful world and then allowed evil, sin and wickedness to have so much dominion over it. “Where does this evil come from?” Isaiah records the answer:

I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. (Isa. 45:6-7)

But why does God put evil on the earth that He created? This has been a great mystery to both Protestant and Catholic scholars, and there are very few good answers. Bible scholars have commented:

To what extent physical sufferings are the necessary means to greater good is, however, a great question. (Ungers Bible Dic., p. 329)

Of this problem, some have been embittered. (Zondervan Enc. of Bible 2:420)

God is against evil, but its existence is often a stumbling-block to belief in a God of love. (The Illus. Bible Dic. 1:487)

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