A Question I Was Asked:

Does Isaiah 45:5-7 Mean That the Devil Does Not Exist?

A brother of mine is with the Hebrew movement and they teach Satan does not exist, that the evil is only in ourselves, in own person; and that God is the only one, who creates adversity, he shared with me these Old Testament verses, Isaiah 45:5-7. He believes that the devil is a god invented by the Roman Catholic church in order to keep people in fear.

UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay, first we will look at this Scripture then consider your bigger question.

5. I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, 6. so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. 7. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things. (Isaiah 45:5-7).

Here are three points to help explain this Scripture:

1. Allowing a Certain Situation to Occur is Not the Same as Being the Cause Of It.

These verses are saying that God does indeed allow evil to exist at the present time, but He allows it in order to further His entire plan of salvation. To allow certain things is not the same thing as to be the cause of those things! God is all-powerful, He is able to use various things for a good final outcome, yes, such things may include evil but God Himself is not evil, He is a God of noble, holy and righteous character (Isaiah 5:16; Psalm 145:17). Men and women can never learn certain things without being aware of, and exposed to, evil but to turn from that, rising above it, is a fine test of character.

2. 'I Am the Lord, and There is No Other' Does Not Mean That There is No Devil.

The words, 'I am the Lord and there is no other' means that God alone is the Creator, Ruler and Sustainer of our world. All things are within His jurisdiction and His power (Hebrews 1, entire chapter), nevertheless, Scripture reveals that Satan is a reality. He is the serpent in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), he is the accuser of the brethren (1 Timothy 4:13), Jesus defeated him in the Great Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11), he was defeated at the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord (Revelation 12:7-12), and finally goes into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). His demons now lay snares for non-vigilant Christians (Ephesians 6:10-17), but they now have limited power. All of this shows that Satan actually exists. So the devil was not created by the Roman Catholic Church, or by anybody else; the devil is a reality, but is now defeated, only the lake of fire lies ahead for him.

3. God Finally Has the Entire Victory.

The Kingdom of God has the final victory in earth and Heaven and it is an all-encompassing victory! Finally the saved will fully inherit God's kingdom where there will be no more strife, unhappiness, pain or suffering. Where Satan can no longer encourage selfishness, ignorance or superstition, God Himself will then dwell with His people (Philippians 2:9-11; 2 Corinthians, chapters 4-7; Revelation 21, entire chapter).

Robin A. Brace. April 1st, 2017.