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- Did good & evil exist before God?
- If God created good & evil does that mean that He could’ve created morality in different ways?
- If good & evil existed apart from Him, does it imply that even He answers to a Higher Power?
- How did He decide what was good & what was evil?
- Did He decide everything?
- Where did He learn it from?
Questions 5 & 6 to me are that He didn’t learn it. It is Who He is. He is God, therefore He does what is good & right.
I’m not the most philosophical person to answer these questions, but my daughter, who’s LDS, posed them to me, & I wasn’t sure how to answer. I told her honestly I’m not very philosophical…
Thanks in advance for any assistance.[/quote]
God is the perfect Good; anything else, anything created, is less perfect, therefore less good. Evil is nothing more than a detraction from or lessening of good. So creation is good but less good than infinite perfection relatively speaking. And that inherent inferiority can manifest and express itself when creation actually has a brain and freewill, as we do.
So God didn’t directly create or cause evil acts and yet, by giving the gift of free will, He created the potential for those acts, obviously deeming it worthwhile nonetheless, knowing the beginning from the end. He’s in control of everything, yet allows evil to have its way for now for His purposes, intending somehow to bring an even greater good out if it all in the end. And He knows what is good because He’s goodness itself.