What is Evil ?

Philosophy, Occult World

The word evil can have many different meanings, such as morally bad or wrong, causing ruin, pain or injury, or an evil force, power, or personification.

Simply by the definition of evil, one can only have a grasp of what evil is, but only through experience one can understand evil fully.

Evil is readily perceived differently among people of certain, religions, races, ages, sexes, and mental prowess, but the underlying factor of evil is always geared toward negative outcomes, either physical or moral.

Evil is when one purposefully causes pain, not pain caused by fault.   Evil is knowing something is morally wrong, but still proceeds in doing so.

A great misunderstanding about evil is that unintentional harm to some extent is not evil at all.

For example if you’re driving along a street and you ran over a cat accidentally and killed it, that is not evil.

Although being evil is unadmireable, it is necessary because without it there will be no good.

How can one define good, without evil.

Just as how can you have love without hate.

It is just like yin and yang, evil balances out the good in this world.

Although I am not glorying evilness, there is always some evil in everybody.

Where do we draw the line between evil and good?   We can’t.

The boundary is based on one’s opinions, usually dependent on religion, childhood, and mental prowess.

Basically evil is based on each individual.

Logical problem of evil

A version of the problem of evil, perhaps by Epicurus, goes as follows:

1. If a perfectly good god exists, then evil does not.

2. There is evil in the world.

3. Therefore, a perfectly good god does not exist.

Another argument goes:

God exists.

God is omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly good.

A perfectly good being would want to prevent all evils.

An omniscient being knows every way in which evils can come into existence.

An omnipotent being, who knows every way in which an evil can come into existence, has the power to prevent that evil from coming into existence.

A being who knows every way in which an evil can come into existence, who is able to prevent that evil from coming into existence, and who wants to do so, would prevent the existence of that evil.

If there exists an omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly good being, then no evil exists.

Evil exists (logical contradiction).

Arguments such as these are about the logical problem of evil. They attempt to show that the assumed propositions lead to a logical contradiction and so cannot all be correct.

A common response is that God can exist with and allow evil in order to achieve a greater good. Some philosophers accept that arguments such as “God allows evil in order to achieve the greater good of free will” are logically possible and thus solve the logical problem of evil.

Since the aim is only to defeat the assertion that God and evil are logically incompatible, even a highly implausible instance of God’s coexistence with evil is sufficient for the purpose.

Philosophies of science have approached the problem from the angle of empiricism. For logical positivism the issue with God is the lack of any independent method of verification. In their view, this makes the proposition “God exists”, not true or false, but meaningless.

A similar position points to the lack of any way the proposition might be falsified.

Sources : www.oppapers.com and Wikipedia

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