1 year ago
Last edited at 6:05PM on 3/27/2013
Is the world REALLY evil? Sure, there are plenty of evil people we could point to, but have you considered the other side of the coin? What about all the good people?
Have you noticed how people rally around when there's a natural disaster? We give of our time and money to help those people affected and don't even think about it. And in times of personal need, how many folk come by to help -- friends, family, neighbours, strangers even?
By focusing on the evil in the world, and it's certainly there, you are missing all the good. It's like walking through a rose garden and only seeing the thorns.
All people have the potential for doing good and bad, just some are better at controlling themselves, and are better at making more ethical and moral choices. Also, it's probably worth noting that while there are some things that most of us could probably agree to consider "evil" - things like it, and the concept of "good"/"bad", "right"/"wrong" are really sort of relative terms that often depend on cultural or religious perspectives.
Because there is a "Satan" and his demons. According to Revelation 12:9 - So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him."
The wickedness is not associated with God - God is love (1 John 4:8) -"He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love."
The world's wicked condition is the results of someone so very "evil" that is Satan. The crimes and lack of compassion stems from the evil one. You can take a good look at the world's condition today to see that it is evidence that there is an evil force. The senseless crimes, killing, cheating, greed, lack of compassion and so forth (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
1 John 5:19 - We know we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the [power of the] wicked one.
So, there is a Satan and those who follow in his footsteps.
We can choose to be to good or evil unless we are mentally compromised. That doesn't require a supernatural influence. God doesn't "make" us be good any more than Satan "makes" us behave badly. We are born with a conscience.
Humans made up the concept of a devil so people could have something to blame other then themselves and plain bad luck when things went bad. Before monotheism all gods did both good and evil things just like the humans that created them. Once they cut down to believing in just one god they had to create an evil counter point to the all good god in order to shed any blame for bad events.
I don't think the world is "so evil". In general, it's quite ordinary for people to be very empathetic and helpful to others when needed. The occasional "evil" individual is talked about and noteworthy because it is rare and newsworthy. Instead of pretending that "The devil made me do it." People need to take responsibility for their own idiotic bad decisions. Believing Satan can make you have evil thoughts is the most evil, self destructive dogma in Christianity. Instead of a bad or evil idea being a passing stupid thought that means nothing and easily dismissed the person is convinced they're in a battle of wills with the second most powerful supernatural being in the universe. That makes a person feel overwhelmed and helpless and dependent on the religion that made them feel helpless and evil in the first place . Fortunately satan or god don't exist. People can own or dismiss their own thoughts.
Humans and other animals can be cruel by nature. Nothing supernatural about it. Your just taking away personal responsibility when you suggest that is the cause of all bad things. This is a case of confirmation bias and circular reasoning. This world isn't all that "evil". If your goof by the bible, everything that's not related to or is more interesting than christianity is evil so it's no wonder some christians think this whole world is evil.
I get a sense that you focus a little unhealthily on the bad things you see happen. Or your threshold between what you consider good and what you consider bad is set way too far to one end. I assure you, things that happen to you can be found all over that scale. Re-set your threshold around the 50% mark, you'll be ok.
Your question is to how one cannot believe - yet if someone does not believe in a god, then they most likely would not believe in satan either. It may be your perception of this world, yet I believe we all have free will, regardless of what we believe or who we may or may not believe. It's all a conscious decision.
I understand your attempt to cling to the devil! Because, if the Devil doesn't exist, the Bible and the gospels can neither be true, nor inspired. In the absence of devil your Christ was either mistaken, insane or an liar. No devil, no fall; no fall, no atonement; no atonement, no Christ; no Christ, no Christianity. There is no escape from this.
However, no man of sense believes in devils anymore than he does in mermaids, vampires, unicorns, nymphs, -- in the Philosopher's Stone or Fiat Money. For my part, it is far better to have no heaven than to have heaven and hell; better to have no God than God and Devil.
According to Christianity, the devils were angels. They were, since eternity, in perfectly good society -- in the company of God -- of the Trinity. That they had never been deceived by a snake - corrupted by the flesh or by the passions of love.
Think! How did Devil, once an angel, become so wicked to rebel against god, then? Was God so unpopular, or, were the angels very bad? And, if the devil did rebel, can it still be said: "God is good?" How silly, then, was god's goodness in heaven? How ignorant was infinite wisdom? How malicious was mercy?
There is no such thing as evil. Evil is just based on opinions, culture and point of view. What one culture may find normal or even sacred, another might see it as evil and satanic. Now there are acts that universally we all find evil (murder, rape, genocide etc), yet that is because they personally affect our common safety.
Satan was one of the most beautiful angels in heaven, but god found iniquity in his heart , and cast him down from the heavens , Satan also , has to ask the permission of god , before he is allowed to tempt A servant of god , according to the book of job,. I'm no preacher , but that is in the bible , I also choose no denomination , I belive in god , tho , To many times I have witnessed miricals, to not be a beliver
Satan is an insult to the Omnipotence of God; the reason for suffering is the Cycle of Karma. Even if you don't belive in Karma just think about it. What is darkness? It is simply the abscence of Light, and that is what the hypothetical character "Satan" embodies.
11 months ago
Last edited at 11:44AM on 4/7/2013
Deb, this world is so "evil" because of lust, greed, vengefulness, anger, etc. This has nothing to do with the devil, it's simply human nature. And even if you do believe in the devil, what makes you think your beliefs apply in real life?