Quoting Lt. John Harland
In response to the topic below. Ask and I will elaborate
I think you have a point, but I would put it a different way: "God created everything, all that God created is good, even the things dubbed 'evil'. "Still, we should no do evil, and if there is no such thing as evil, why should we avoid it. Permalink
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible
Isn't God everywhere? How can there be an absence of God if he is everywhere?
Oh it can happen mate, maybe only to a certain degree; i'm not saying the COMPLETE absence of God, maybe only some.
As Albert Einstein said:
Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?'
Now uncertain, the professor responds, 'Of course, there is. We see it everyday It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.'
To this the student replied, 'Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.'
Is there indeed light? Naturally. And as the obvious opposite, there is dark. However, we don't measure darkness. We only measure light, thus dark is merely a complete absence of light. Evil follows the same line of reasoning. It is merely the complete non-presence of God. Thus God did not create evil, but it is what exists when God is not in the picture. Permalink
Quoting Mudskipper 4
Is there indeed light? Naturally. And as the obvious opposite, there is dark. However, we don't measure darkness. We only measure light, thus dark is merely a complete absence of light. Evil follows the same line of reasoning. It is merely the complete non-presence of God. Thus God did not create evil, but it is what exists when God is not in the picture.
Quoting Kir Kanos Kalinka
This might be a topic too challenging for some of us. I'm not saying I'm better or more intelligent then anyone here at all, but I'd like to offer that "evil" is indeed a concept and may be too difficult to understand for our younger Christian brothers. However it is indeed a concept with a word to label this concept. Any word can mean the definition used by the people. just look at the book Frindle ( if you've ever read it ). I argue that evil exists only by the modern day and limited definition in use today, but it is not a direct result of God's creation or any representation that it was created in His image. It is a result of free willl, which has lead to sin, which in it's greatest form is evil. It is not evil to take the Lord's name in vain once ( although a sin ) does not make you evil whatsoever. Evil exists in those that seek to do great harm to others and take the life of God's image.
Getting onto the topic of free will. We don't have it. Permalink