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Nothing. Evil is a construct made up by men to shun certain behaviors of people. Some of those behaviors are probably best to be shunned (stealing, murder, etc) while others were shunned because the people in power didn't like them or benefited from them being shunned (drugs, prostitution, gambling, contraceptives, public indecency, etc).
What word should we use?
reply to post by Stormdancer777
Whether you connected it or not is irrelevant, it is definitely connected to religion and you should be aware that a conversation about evil will eventually discuss religion. Be thankful, I was originally going to use the word "Christian" instead of "religion," but I felt this was an issue affecting religion as a whole not just one aspect of it.edit on 12-2-2014 by Krazysh0t because: typos...
In Zoroastrian eschatology, a 3,000-year struggle between good and evil will be fought, punctuated by evil's final assault. During the final assault, the sun and moon will darken and mankind will lose its reverence for religion, family, and elders. The world will fall into winter, and Angra Mainyu's most fearsome miscreant, Azi Dahaka, will break free and terrorize the world.
The final savior of the world, Saoshyant, will be born to a virgin impregnated by the seed of Zoroaster while bathing in a lake. Saoshyant will raise the dead – including those in both heaven and hell – for final judgment, returning the wicked to hell to be purged of bodily sin. Next, all will wade through a river of molten metal in which the righteous will not burn. Heavenly forces will ultimately triumph over evil, rendering it forever impotent. Saoshyant and Ahura Mazda will offer a bull as a final sacrifice for all time, and all men will become immortal. Mountains will again flatten and valleys will rise; heaven will descend to the moon, and the earth will rise to meet them both.
"If God created everything, then he created evil.
There are two kinds of evil: moral and natural.
Moral evil is sin such as things like murder, rape, abuse e.t.c
Natural evil is what causes suffering and unpleasantness; it is the result of moral evil.
Evil is a result of peoples' choices made with free will.
Actually that is correct the Bible says god created both good and evil.
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
Is God really the one who created evil? To answer the question we must first look at how the word for evil, "rah," is used in the Bible, examine the context of the Isaiah 45:7 passage, and look at other passages on the same subject.
First of all, the Hebrew word for evil, "rah," is used in many different ways in the Bible. In the KJV Bible it occurs 663 times. 431 times it is translated as "evil." The other 232 times it is translated as "wicked," "bad," "hurt," "harm," "ill," "sorrow," "mischief," "displeased," "adversity," "affliction," "trouble," "calamity," "grievous," "misery," and "trouble." So we can see that the word does not require that it be translated as "evil." This is why different Bibles translate this verse differently. It is translated as "calamity" by the NASB and NKJV; "disaster" by the NIV; and "woe" by the RSV.
Second, the context of the verse is speaking of natural phenomena.
We can see that the Bible teaches that God is pure and does not approve of evil, that the word "rah" (evil) in Hebrew can mean many things, and that contextually the verse is speaking of calamity and distress. Therefore, God does not create evil in the moral sense, but in the sense of disaster or calamity.
reply to post by spirited75
Please cite proof that this story actually happened.
Even as the man steals the bread from the store to feed his children (as posted earlier), he has conciously made the decision to take (cause a loss) from another individual to meet his own need. Theft + selfishness= evil