What Is Good and Evil? Essay

986 Words Jun 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
What is Good and what is Evil?
Recently while I was surfing Pinterest, I ran across an e-card that quoted Einstein: “God did not create evil. Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God.” This brings me to the question of what is good and what is evil. Good versus Evil is a very subjective topic. I believe what is good and what is evil are based on my beliefs as a Christian and the scriptures of the Bible. In my opinion, good is having the acts and characteristics of God and in contrast, evil is the opposite of good or as Einstein stated: “evil is the absence of God.”
To begin with, good is a characteristic of God. For instance, the Holy Bible describes God as love (John 4:8), great, powerful, glorified,
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Secondly, not having the characteristics of God entitles evilness. To best define evil, one can think of it as having priority of satisfaction at the expense of other’s wellbeing or absence of God. For example, the Bible is filled with examples of evil. One example of evil is Satan, the leader of evil. In the Acts of the Apostles, Satan is called the enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy. Other examples of evilness are Philistines that were full of hatred, animosity and evil. The book of Judges describes the story of how Delilah was approached by Philistines in order to find the weakness of Samson, eventually leading to his torture, retribution and his death. Yet another example of evil is described in the book of Daniel. Daniel tells of the Story of king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, who was full of evilness and demanded all of the Babylonians to worship and praise him as a god. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused, Nebuchadnezzar attempted to burn them alive. Another example of evil character is of Herodias (Sister in law and Wife of King Herod) who requested the beheading of John the Baptizer. Of course, some Pharisees were full of hate and evilness as they pursued the Crucifixion and death of Jesus. There are several scriptures in the bible that explain the evilness of Ciaphas, high priest that instigated the Crucifixion and death of Christ.
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