I believe that what the Bible preaches is belief. Not one particular belief but your own belief. That is to say that the Bible is there as a guide to what you see fit. So, as we all may see things differently, as shown by the number of religions that use the Bible as their guide, every bodies view of evil may be different. I do believe that although the Bible was written by people, it does have a touch of divinity in it. A religion is just one persons view of the Bible, the leader of that particular religion. Each of us must read it and make our own decisions, not be led by others. I am not saying that religion does not serve a purpose, as in the case of those that may find it difficult to understand, then they do perhaps need guidance and that is the purpose of the Church, not blind faith in what one persons view is. So evil, is what you believe is indicated by the Bible. At this point, it is probably relevant to point out that most countries in the World, regardless of their faith, seem to have the 10 commandments as a basis for their laws. So it could be said that evil, is the breaking of a countries laws, which in turn are based on references to the Bible. I think, that as we are all human and therefore capable of breaking the laws, on purpose or otherwise, true evil is the encouragement to break the laws. That true evil may come from many sources: Terrorists, CIA or others. The secret is to be able to recognize the possible evil intentions, of those that ask you to do something and never encourage others to do what you, yourself believe to be wrong. Read the Bible and decide for yourself. Having done that: stick to your belief.