I suspect that I am one of the chief targets of your "many on this board suggest" statement in your question above. So I wouldn't like to disappoint you by not providing an answer, Vesuvius. :)
In response to What is Good and Evil?, I'll present my definition as follows (and I am assuming you are referring to good people and evil people rather than expecting a God/Devil discussion).
Here is my simple definition
Good people are those who do what you want. Evil people are those who don't.
Examples of good people are:
...and so on.
For examples of evil people, just reverse the above statements.
I'm going to requote perhaps the most important quote on good and evil I have ever come across, which I previously mentioned here...
One of the major moral objections I have come across over the years to my good/evil definition is that of murdering people. I am usually told that murdering other people is a moral absolute and is always something evil.
And I respond to that objection like this...if murdering people is definitely evil, then war is definitely evil, because it is simply legalized murder.
And if war is definitely evil then most of the governments on this planet are definitely evil.
And if most of the governments on this planet are definitely evil then most of the people who voted them there are definitely evil (which accounts for most of the people on this planet outside China).
And then if most of the people on this planet outside China are definitely evil, then we have a big problem...
...or alternatively, we just don't understand what evil is. :)
answered 13 Nov '09, 21:37
'There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so'. Hamlet.
answered 13 Nov '09, 21:48
Paul I 1
Yes everyone knows my views there is an search things as good and evil. When Adam and Eve were in the garden of Eden they ate from the tree of knowledge that had knowledge of both good and evil which the old serpant said would make Eve be like an god which made her in the first place decide to eat of the fruit for she had all of the other fruit trees to eat of including the tree of life to make you live as an human being always.
Now yes there are perceptions of different people beliefs of what is good and what is evil or that there is no search thing.
Evil exist and good rather you believe in it or not. You have an right to your thoughts.
There are some really terriable things being done on this earth that is really evil and sadistic, cruel, hateful, spiteful and some done without any feeling at all for the other person.
Now, you may say well, they were allowing the negative to come to them because of their way of thinking. To this I say if you know of someone that bad things are happening to them because they do not know how to guard their thought and think postive happy thoughts than I say to you than you if you can and know manifest good things for them for we all contribute to this gene pool of life and create the larger reality as well as own personal reality.
I just believe in God and that you should treat one another right if you don't like them than just don't deal with them don't go over there and do bad things to them.
Everyone is born with both good and evil in them from Adam and Eve sin against God but it is rather you choose to act upon it or not. No I am not saying evil is within you but you have knowledge of good and evil from the Garden of Eden days. Yes, you can have evil spirits dwell within you and your aura as well. I choose to try an manifest an better world while people love and care about each other instead of murdering someone.
God loves us why can't we love and care about others.
The God/Jesus that is within you knows that you have to choose between good and evil that is why he gave you the choose he could have created you to not have free will but he gave you free will to choose to serve him as God or who ever or no one. We must want to be an better person the soul within us if we ask will tell us we are spiritual beings and there is an God so there is an devil. It is all about us making choices that it what it was created for.
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