please don’t comment with a thousand Bible verses, I am not interested in cut and paste answers, I really want someone’s biblical perspective and thoughts as to a perfect God who decrees all things but yet evils very existence. It seems to be a logical incoherency that a perfect God created evil. My husband gives the pat answer that it comes from our hearts but if God decrees all things, down to the smallest degree, how can it be? Did he decree evil?
I have not read all the pages so I'm not sure if "evil" has been defined.
That being said, I take the classical approach of evil - as evil is a privation of good.
That is to say - evil is the absence of some due good, but is not a thing-in-itself like say a tree is - a tree is "there", but evil is whats not there...
Take blindness as an example. Normally humans have sight and so not having sight would be an evil, but when you say that blindness is evil - while you're making a positive claim - your claim is about what is not there, namely; sight. Blindness, like evil is not a thing-in-itself, it's not a positive reality - it's the recognition of a reality that should be there but is not there.
So it makes no sense to posit God as "creating" evil, because you don't create whats not there....