Evil is said to have come from the off spring of Adam, who was the
In the book of genesis there is a superior being by the name of god. God's first creation was “the heaven and the earth”. The earth had no shape and was filled with darkness so god decided to give it light by the power of his words and it was so. He divided the dark from the light and from that night and day
They both wanted control over of the universe. In the end the good mind wins and the evil mind sinks to eternal doom. After the battle the good mind visits the people and teaches them what they will need to know in order to survive.
Who is "the flabby devil" who is "running the show'? Why is Marlow so frustrated by what he sees in Africa and by the Europeans he meets?
WORLD CONNECTION QUESTION: How does the competition between good and evil in East of Eden relate to good and evil in the world we live in today?
Like most ancient middle eastern creation stories, God had to control “dark, unformed chaos,” which is also referred to as dark forces, before he could begin creation. Once the forces were dealt with the first thing that God created was light ("The Creation Story and Social Justice”). This was a very logical first things because light means the opposite of dark, which signifies the defeat of the dark forces. Another key thing that happens in this first “day” or phase is the separation of light from darkness. It shows that there is a contrast between good and bad, with bad referring to the dark forces of chaos. The main misconception in this first Creation story is the concept of the word “day.” The word itself comes from the Hebrew word “yom” which actually means “a given time period.” The actual length of time is unclear. But a better way to think of the “days” of creation would be to think of them as phases or eras.
When reading Genesis, it becomes clear to the reader that the existence of evil isn’t ignored. The origin of evil has a major connection with the original sin that Adam and Eve committed when they had eaten from the tree of knowledge. Sin was very personal to Adam and Eve, but also it was transmitted to their descendants. The serpent seems to be the agent in temptation and he was able to trick Eve into not only eating the apple, but also sharing it with Adam. The serpent is the mythical figure that which is recognized as Satan according to the biblical traditions.1 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God hade made” (Gen 3:1) The devil seems to be a master of cunning and first addresses himself to Eve. The
In the beginning all was good; there was no evil. The start of evil was marked when a jealous angel, Satan, desired equality to God. He thrust an ever-lasting battle into play when he battled God for supremacy. One-third of all the angels in heaven, including Satan, were thrown from heaven onto Earth. God’s perfect creation became faulted when the fallen angel, Satan, tempted Adam and Eve into eating a forbidden fruit. By partaking of the forbidden fruit, sin was born on Earth. The birthing of such catastrophe--evil--has affected even the modern millennial generation. That occurrence marked the beginning of the perennial conflict of good versus evil--light versus darkness. The conflicts are traced all the way back to the very beginning
Another biblical example of a moral or intrinsic evil is the result of Adam and Eves disobedience of God’s free will in the Garden of Eden and becomes even more clear to them with the birth of their two sons, Cain and Abel. The birth of these two sons brings the evil of lethal violence to society. It begins with rivalry amongst siblings of jealousy and family fighting. Cain’s jealousy finally ends with him making the decision to commit murder and kill his brother Abel. This decision of moral or intrinsic evil made by Cain is the first taking of human life and the deterioration of humanity’s condition. The act of murder is not an act of God, it is an act of man and because of man’s action, evil succeeds in society. Again, the problem of
Some people believe that they are separate entities battling to gain the most power and footing. But in reality the good and evil are fighting against itself in an inner battle or a civil war. It is like when a person battles their own thoughts on the idea to stopping to help others, debating whether or not the personal repercussions outweigh the feeling and pride of saving a life. It is a battle that will always continue even though at times it may seem like it’s over, it will always be in the back of people’s minds dormant until the next choice comes to
“The Iroquois Creation Story” tells the ancient myth when only two worlds existed. One, in the lower half, complete darkness filled with monsters and the other, the upper world, filled with mankind. There, in the second world, a women conceived twins. As her labor intensified she fell closer and closer to the lower, darker world. While in distress the twins were born and “entered the dark world by compulsion”. Only a few moments later the women fell to her death. As the twins grew older they possessed different minds. One was the good mind and the other was the bad mind. The good mind used the parent for his initial creations. Around the head, an orb was created to “bestow light to the new world”, now known as the sun. Another orb was placed around the body which was “inferior” to the light, now known as the moon. He also created spots of lights to connect the day and night which are now know as stars. All of these were created to help “regulate” the days, nights, season, years, etc.”. The good mind continued his creations by creating animals, oceans, mountains, insects and mankind.
The two stories both pit the idea of good against evil to explain the contrasting mechanisms of
What I thought of when I saw “good and evil” was the tree of knowledge of good and evil from the Bible. In the Bible, near the beginning of the book—Genesis 2:9—it says that there are two trees, the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. “The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. When Adam and Eve sinned and ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, that's when the concept of good and evil became true. When things were going good, something would upset that and something bad would happen. What I believe is that if Adam and Eve hadn’t have sinned then
Its impossible to reflect on the origins of evil without bringing up the concept of free will. God created man with this idea of choice; the choice to believe and obey, or the choice to disobey. It was this free will that allowed Adam and Eve to fall from their initial glory and introduce evil and suffering into the world. We can justify a large amount of sustained suffering by acknowledging that it actually benefits us and is not incompatible with God's loving nature. We learn lessons both physically and spiritually that allows us to grow and mature according to God. Some suffering is used to spark revival or for a great advancement in his kingdom, cause after all we're
The problem of evil questions the nature of God and threatens his status as a figure worthy of worship. Surely human beings would not wish to worship a God that is neither all good nor all-powerful? The figure we call God is seen to be entirely perfect and flawless in every way. The problem of evil also questions God’s omniscience, in respects that he is all knowing. If God is omniscient then he must know the harm that evil does and the suffering it will cause. The attributes in question are the essence of the nature of God and without them he becomes more like a human than a God. If any of God’s characteristics are omitted, he