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Evil the Parasite

14 September 2012, 12:35
If the universe has no meaning then it should never have landed up with a being that understands it; a being that looks out upon it in wonder of its beauty and its meaning. If there were no light in the universe, creatures would never have had eyes to see because there would be nothing to see.

There is a common misconception amongst atheists that religion is some form of comfort, but then I’ve also read the opinion that there is a sense of imprisonment in religion, that my mind is in shackles and needs to be freed by science.

I don’t find any comfort in science. I don't find any comfort in religion but I do find comfort in the truth. Atheists certainly don’t find any comfort in religion, but do they find really find comfort in science and how does it explain what’s going on here on earth? I’m yet to see a really good answer to all the problems we see on earth. How and Why are two very different things.

One of the very common arguments you’ll come across is the business of evil. Not just atheists but agnostics too. Why did God allow this? How could an omniscient, omnipotent and all loving being allow this to happen?

Let’s have a look at exactly what evil is and where it fits into Good. How it belongs to good and how good owns it completely. Let’s call evil cruel and kindness good.

A person can do a kind action even when they aren’t feeling very kind and when it brings them no pleasure, because it’s just the good thing to do. But apply the same logic to bad: you cannot do a cruel action simply because cruelty is wrong – but only because the act of cruelty was pleasurable or useful to the person. So badness cannot succeed in being bad as goodness can in being good. And there must be something good before it is spoiled. You must have an idea of goodness before it can detract from goodness into an evil.

If we look around us, at everything that exists; imagine that humans weren’t on the planet. The entire universe as we know it would be good. Animals have no evil, they are not bad (only some are made out to be) so nature is perfect without man. Man is introduces the evil, the choice given to him by the knowledge of it, and from within man comes the destroyer of all that is considered to be good. It goes without saying that if every man was good then there would be no evil.

It follows that this badness, this evil, this cruelty which is sometimes put on an equal footing with God, is totally reliant upon goodness, righteousness and the right way to exist. To be bad evil must borrow from the opponent, good.

And now do you see why Christianity says that the devil is a fallen angel? The powers which enable evil to continue are the powers given to it by goodness. God loves us and he wants us to choose him, Goodness, over evil. This is not a mere story for children. It is a real recognition that evil is not an original thing, it is a parasite.

For me, the Bible goes a darn sight further to explain this question better than any science book possibly can. Science cannot even approach the topic of good and evil.

You may ask me: Am I really going to bring the devil in? Hoofs horns and all? Well I don’t know the particulars about his personal appearance and if anybody really wants to know him then, I will say this, know him you will. Whether you like it when you do is another question.
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