“God is good!” Can a brother get an Amen? Not so fast.
Maybe God is good because we only read those biblical passages which present us with a benevolent deity. But for those of us who have carefully read the entire text, a disturbing depiction emerges.
Yes, God is the cause of all that is good. But also, God is the author of evil.
God’s more malevolent side is described by the prophet Isaiah who has Hashem proclaiming: “I am YHWH, and there is none to rival me. I form light and create darkness, make peace and create evil, I YHWH do all these things” (45:6-7). Amos the prophet agrees, stating: “If there is evil in a city, has YHWH not done it?” (Amos 3:6).
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