evil = false authority
If the God of the Bible is the true authority (as 'true believers' assume)
then any other claim to authority is both false and evil (because it would
usurp the worship and fear/respect due only the one true God). This list
of people who are evil would include those preachers and priest who place
themselves between the individual and their God. From this perspective
would not the greatest evil be found in the church rather than the world?
...but what if this God of the Bible is a false authority, as the the title of
this OP suggested? What then? ...then the only true authority is one's
very own self... and we could only define evil as that which would
attempt to overthrown self-autonomy and individual liberty. This
place 100% responsibility on the individual and therefore many
people, not yet fully mature, like to blame problems on the devil.
As I see it, this life is a journey from blind faith (like magical thinking
in gods) and/or one Supreme Being.. on down the path of spiritual growth
and maturity, which leads to the second view: that the Satan and God
of our myths both dell inside.. and it is up to each one of us to master
these creative and destructive forces within.
STAGE ONE: Thriving on Chaos without Believe, Faith, or Reason
to guild you or protect you from the hostile world or even those impulses
which lead toward self-destruction.
STAGE TWO: Believe that God is the Supreme Authority and make the
courageous choice to worship, honor, respect, and obey no other. Often
these people think what works for them should work for everyone, so
they tend to be evangelical (are in the habit of pushing their religion).
STAGE THREE: Become a skeptic who drop beliefs in any deity. Such a
person is focused on being responsible as an individual and has a highly
developed sense of ethics and moral principles based on reason and
plain old common sense. These are the atheist and agnostics.
STAGE FOUR: The Mystic who knows God within, a self-realized person
who honors, worships, respects, and obeys the authority of the Divine-Self.
They know there are many paths to God (or no god) which bring one into
the full awareness and therefore they don't try to push any belief system.
There is a simple break down the four sage of spiritual growth:
#1 - Chaos - unaware, driven by ego and emotional impulses
#2 - Belief - seek rewards (heaven) and avoid punishment (hell)
#3 - Reason - placing faith in the scientific method and little else
#4 - Faith - no longer seeking validation, just being in harmony with what is
evil = false authority
...both those who submit to evil and those perpetrate it become the victims of this destructive force (losing their own true self). Rather then worry
or debate the four stages listed above (and who may be where, etc) we ought to be on careful guard against the influence of false authorities. The
rest of life will sort itself out.
edit on 25-1-2013 by wasaka because: (no reason given)