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A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind... and love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
So what is evil? If Jesus rides down and starts smiting people left and right, what marks someone as evil? Would they have to be killers? Usurers? Racists? Slavers? Drug users? People who use swear words? Sure all of these things are bad, some more so than others, but these people aren't one dimensional. Sure someone could have killed someone else, but what if it was in self-defense, what about the rest of the person's actions throughout their life? If this person killed someone but spends the rest of their life donating to charity or helping their community? What about a drug dealer who uses his profits to build community centers or things like that?
Another issue I have is mental illness. Sociopaths (anti-social disorder) and psychopathy are now considered mental disorders, but these are two disorders that can cause people to do things that many consider evil. Same thing with schizophrenia. So are people with mental disorders that cannot help doing these things evil as well?
Every sinner who hasn't repented in the name of Jesus Christ up to the day they die will be destroyed and dragged to hell.
reply to post by ScrufferMcGruffer
I either don't understand your answer or you have failed to actually define what evil is. Your post suggests that whatever isn't good is evil. Well what is good then? How does all this apply to say an ultimate battle between good and evil? How much evil does one have to perform to be considered irredeemable and evil?
How does all this apply to say an ultimate battle between good and evil?
How much evil does one have to perform to be considered irredeemable and evil?
If evil is the act of sinning, then please list all the sins then. Is drug use a sin? Drug dealing? Slavery? Racism? You may notice that all the things I just mentioned are acts considered wrong in modern society, but aren't specifically mentioned in the bible as sins. So if they aren't sins, is someone who does these things not evil?
Also not believing in God is considered a sin, yet the majority of the population of the world isn't Christian. Is an atheist who dedicates his whole life to helping his fellow man a sinner because he doesn't believe in God and therefore evil?