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The Concept of Evil
The term evil is riddled with many conceptions. Often evil is referred to as a type of entity, or a particular substance, but on the other hand, it is also subjective; that which is a non-physical immorality. The question remains, is evil a thing or a non-thing? If everything that God created was good as written in Genesis 1, then God did not create evil.
There is a common deliberation over evil, either God created it, or He didn't. This leaves the question to the origin of evil if God is all-good. If God did not create evil, then who did?
Can evil be a physical thing?
Can a gun be evil in itself?
The trigger discipline of a sniper will hit the intended target. If the target is not hit, the gunman will not be considered a “good” sharpshooter. Where does evil enter into the picture? The evil is determined by how the physical world is negatively affected. Either the sniper or target could be innocent or guilty. The consequence is good or evil.
God said that what He had made was good, but good things can turn evil through the mindful choice of free will to become morally corrupt.
Is evil a subjective illusion of reality? The fear of evil is a reality, or the fear itself is evil.
What if evil was the non-conforming choice, or decision that is opposed to the nature (order) of good? It is not something that God created, but man. Evil has denatured good which has been disjointed or abused from its original intent.
Here are some disjointed conclusions that have been derived from the perception of evil.
- Man created good.
- God is the creator of evil.
There is a distinction between moral evil and physical evil. There is the evil that has a collateral effect, and the other, the direct responsibility of the action. The origin of evil comes from the free will of man that determines the relationship between us and nature. Our bodies are formed of matter, but our personality forms the essence.
The absence of good results in evil, which equates to suffering. As we alienate ourselves from good, the consequences and collateral damage of evil cannot be avoided.
The definition can be interpreted through a fundamental, traditional, or modernist lens.
- Did the Fall of man literally happen?
- Is the Fall of man merely symbolic?
- Is the Fall of man a fable?
There is significant evidence that nearly every culture has a myth or story of a time when there was no suffering, death or evil. From the human condition, there is a desire for a perfect utopia where everyone is happy with complete certainty. The fact is, mankind has not achieved this, but there is an unconscious desire to reclaim it, or wanting a better state.
When there is a rebellion against good, the result is evil and suffering.
The question of why bad things happen to good people assumes that there are those who are innocent of any evil. There are none.
God did not create evil, but man did as as a consequential result of his own free will in opposition to the nature of good. All of God's creation is good, but the free will to choose one or the other has resulted in the disjointed effects of evil on all creation.
Evil is not the opposite of good, but the lack of good.
"We are either a victim or target of evil with no in-between."
- The Argument for God in Complex Information
All the attributes of information should be used without an ideological assumption. Materialism conveys that the result of high complexity has no purpose and is the result of chance and determinism. This has never been seen to happen.
- Does Christianity Holds Up as Credible?
A critical reconstruction and examination of the objective and subjective evidence left from the past event reasonably decides what happened. To purely know with confidence what really happened is unknowable, only the most probable explanation.
- God in the Concept of Good and Evil
If God is an all loving God, why would He allow such evil things to happen? The paradox of how a perfectly good God can allow evil is a valid question, but it is definitely not easy to tackle because each individual makes their own rationalization.