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Originally posted by Leveller
Society might create evil, but that doesn't necessarily make it excusable. We are all aware that society gets it wrong sometimes and it's therefore up to you to buck the trend.
If you look at Nazi Germany during the 40s, you have an example where the people knew that what they were doing was wrong but chose to go along for reasons of human passion - i.e power and wealth. A lot of Germans were guilty of evil and they weren't blind to their actions. They got around the problem by creating a German God. A God in their own image.
And there lies the problem. Man changes God to suit his own needs. If he does something that is recognised as evil, he changes the religion and God's nature to make it acceptable. Luckily though, we are given freewill. And it is up to you to decide what is right or wrong. Of course, sometimes that is difficult when you are living in a society which bombards you with dogma and politics, but it is up to each individual to search for the truth.
Originally posted by Seapeople
What about people that are not influenced by any particular societies. Are there actions inexcusable? Maybe they were born and raised cannibal. Not ever knowing of any other way. Inexcusable still? They must go to hell I guess....because they never knew any better.