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1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
They aren't 'possessed' or 'evil'. They are just greedy. Greed is a natural human trait. We evolved to be that way, as those who were the greediest had a better chance of surviving, and those who had a better chance of surviving were able to reproduce more, therefore it became a trait that was biologically hardwired into us. Politicians and rich people just seem more "evil" because they have the power and ability to take what they want. Us plebeians are greedy too, we just don't have the power to screw people over like our overlords do.
I understand that science takes the fun out of spirituality and all that, but biology has an answer for pretty much everything.
Occam's razor.edit on 4-9-2013 by Xaphan because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Cuervo
To go beyond basic survival is when you cross into greed. Greed is not inherent in most examples in nature, either. I animals kill and gather what they need. I don't see animals sit on a lifetime's worth of food for "just 'cuz".