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Question and Answer

I learned from Scripture that God created everything. To me, the word everything is all encompassing, meaning all things, both good and evil. My Sunday school teacher says that God did not create evil, the Devil did. I disagree. That would give the Devil a share in creation. What do you think?

Actually, everything does not always mean everything. The meaning of words, especially their nuances, is sometimes determined, or modified, by the context. When Paul said that he could do all things through Christ (see Phil. 4:13), he did not mean that he could run a 4–minute mile or bench press 200 pounds. Paul was not thinking about athletics. He was thinking about his ability with the Lord's help to endure privation or enjoy material prosperity. An important key to understanding Scripture is knowing how language works.

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