Isaiah 45:7 - I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
Is this verse simply a translation error? Does it really mean the Christian god created evil?
Or does it really just mean he created the options for evil? Or, does it just mean he created adversity and struggle?
Actually, it is saying that God created everything, period. He created the light, and the darkness, all that is good, and all that is bad, adverse, or evil. He is responsible for the creation of all things, good, bad, and ugly.
Therefore, he created cancer. He created murder. He created disease. He created the torture chamber known as hell. He created Satan.
You can call it adversity, or struggle, or whatever is the opposite of awesome, but the bottom line is, if you believe your god created everything, you have to admit he also created all that is disgusting and evil. There's no getting out of that.
If he created the world perfectly, and allowed man to fail and invite evil into the world - then had to create evil for it be invited in the first place. We could have been lousy screw-ups just fine without cancer, rape, and child slave trafficking.
One could only imagine, that a creator that is powerful enough to develop an entire universe into existence from nothing, could have probably come up with a better plan that did not include these evil things, with suffering, torture, and blood sacrifice.
That is only "the way" because you believe he made it so. All of these things happened according to his plan, and according to his will, in your belief.
This would make much more sense, if archaic uneducated men from the Bronze Age were trying to develop an explanation for the world around them that they did not understand.
Then, it would fit right in with their understanding at that time, and make historical sense that the Bible is so inaccurate about science and so brutal to women, slaves, and lawbreakers.
But, if it was truly divinely inspired, there is a whole lot more to be explained. Why would a god's knowledge be limited to the people and culture of which he was communicating?
Offering "God" as the answer, when the book clearly seems to be limited by the time in which it was written, and the knowledge of those who wrote it, only begs thousands of more questions.