I encountered this subject a second time in this website interacting with fellow members. There are Bible verses that seem to indicate that God is the source of evil (Amos 3:6, Exodus 9:12, Lamentations 3:38,39; Isaiah 45:7). There are books that explain this topic like " Hard sayings of the Bible" by Kaiser Jr, Davids, Bruce, and Brauch and another book is " When Critics ask " by Geisler and Howe.
Sometime ago I browsed through the answers in above books and I was happy or satisfied with what they wrote that I moved on to other things.But now the subject came up again .
To avoid misquoting them, I will use my own or what I learned. God I believe is in total control that He allow certain things like an angel called Lucifer to fight against Him. It can be argued that God created Lucifer so did God create evil ? I believe one answer could be found in Ezekiel 28:12-19, though no mention of Lucifer, the verses described an anointed cherub who because of beauty became so lifted up and later inquity was found in him. Isaiah 14:12-15 more clearly described Lucifer.
God can turn evil for good like the story of Joseph and his brothers. God turned the shame and brutality of the cross, to save or to provide man's salvation through His Son dying in the cross.
In this life , some areas in the world are in poverty. Did God do that or man did that ?
Even God's people are not exempt from hardships, persecutions and martyrdom.No man suffered like our Lord Jesus Christ and in the epistle of Apostle Peter, we are told to follow in His footsteps. Is this evil ? or refining for the future ? The short time we have on earth is nothing compared to the eternity that we will have with our God , Creator and Savior.
I acknowledge that this is a hard subject and I am not sure I gave the right answers.
Hi again. Right answers--I wish I had them. What I do a lot of the time I have a hard time with a subject like that (Satan is a very confusing concept to me) is just to accept that it's a mystery, possibly beyond my understanding, and go back to praying to be led where I'm supposed to go.