1. Standard memberdj2becker
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    My first question for this discussion is this:

    "Does Evil exist?" and if so, what is Evil?
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    06 Sep '06 11:20
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    My first question for this discussion is this:

    "Does Evil exist?" and if so, what is Evil?
    No it doesn't exist.
    Sometimes, some people do bad things.
    We like to feel better by claiming that they are evil people - this is a smokescreen to hide the fcat that we just don't know why some people do awful things.
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    06 Sep '06 11:273 edits
    Originally posted by amannion
    No it doesn't exist.
    Sometimes, some people do bad things.
    We like to feel better by claiming that they are evil people - this is a smokescreen to hide the fcat that we just don't know why some people do awful things.
    No it doesn't exist.

    I gather you have absolute knowledge?

    Sometimes, some people do bad things.

    Where do you draw the line between bad and evil?

    Is 'bad' not a synonym for 'evil'?

    How do you define bad? What is the difference between 'bad' and 'evil'?
  4. Standard memberdj2becker
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    06 Sep '06 14:23
    Originally posted by amannion
    No it doesn't exist.
    Sometimes, some people do bad things.
    We like to feel better by claiming that they are evil people - this is a smokescreen to hide the fcat that we just don't know why some people do awful things.
    Sometimes, some people do bad things.

    You are using a moral framework here. Who's is it?
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    06 Sep '06 14:261 edit
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    My first question for this discussion is this:

    "Does Evil exist?" and if so, what is Evil?
    Yes. http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=evil

    Why do you capitalize the word?
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    06 Sep '06 19:38
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Yes. http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=evil

    Why do you capitalize the word?
    Yes. http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=evil

    Before I continue I would like to know if you believe that 'evil' exists because the dictionary says so?

    Why do you capitalize the word?

    My mistake.
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    06 Sep '06 19:53
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    [b]Yes. http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=evil

    Before I continue I would like to know if you believe that 'evil' exists because the dictionary says so?

    Why do you capitalize the word?

    My mistake.[/b]
    No. I looked at the definition and decided that the thing which is described by the word "evil" exists. I provided the definition because you asked what evil was.
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    06 Sep '06 19:59
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    No. I looked at the definition and decided that the thing which is described by the word "evil" exists. I provided the definition because you asked what evil was.
    OK. Let's continue...

    Do you think that Hitler's murder of six million Jews was evil?
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    06 Sep '06 20:02
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    OK. Let's continue...

    Do you think that Hitler's murder of six million Jews was evil?
    Yes.
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    06 Sep '06 20:19
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Yes.
    What criteria are you using to pass this judgement?
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    06 Sep '06 20:54
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    My first question for this discussion is this:

    "Does Evil exist?" and if so, what is Evil?
    What's your take on the Book of Job?
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    06 Sep '06 21:02
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    What criteria are you using to pass this judgement?
    Evil: 2. harmful; injurious

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=evil
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    06 Sep '06 21:09
    Originally posted by kirksey957
    What's your take on the Book of Job?
    It is a fascinating book. I think it really portrays the questions of a man in agony.

    That said, as humans we often wonder why God allows us to go through painful circumstances. But just because we find it difficult to imagine what reasons God could have does not mean that no such reason exists.

    From our finite human perspective, we are often only albe to see a few threads of the great tapestry of life and the will of God. We do not have the full picture. That is why God calls on us to trust him (Heb 11). God sees the full picture and does not make mistakes. He has a reason for allowing painful circumstances to come our way -even if we cannot grasp it.

    And let us not forget that even when we encounter suffering, God has the ability as the sovereign Ruler of the universe to bring good out of it.

    Sometimes the "good" that God crings out of our suffering involves drawing us closer to him, or brings forth a positive change in our character.

    All this said with a view to emphasizing the need for faith in the midst of this world of suffering. God is most assuredly working out his purpose in our midst, and we must trust him!
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    06 Sep '06 21:17
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Evil: 2. harmful; injurious

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=evil
    I gather you use the dictionary as your moral framework?
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    06 Sep '06 21:31
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    I gather you use the dictionary as your moral framework?
    No. I use it to define words.
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