Essay on Evil in The Holy Bible

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The Purpose of Evil in the Bible

God looked at everything He had made, and it was very good (Genesis 1:31) Five times in Genesis 1, God looks at that which He has created, and pronounces it "good". Then on the sixth day He creates Man, and says that His creation is now "very good". God's pronouncement of His creation, which would be everything around us and includes ourselves, as "very good" is hard to reconcile with that which we see on a daily basis -- a reality in which we experience much pain and cruelty from man and nature. These negative experiences we call "evil".

Evil, in this sense, is a very broad term, and needs to be defined. In general terms, "evil" is that which works against the life-giving power of
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An Atheist would use the above question to argue against the existence of God. How could a loving God allow so much evil, suffering, and despair in the world? There are several answers to this question from a religious point of view, some of which I will examine, but to an Atheist, they will all sound like reasoned excuses, but ultimately meaningless ones, by people of faith.

At the core of Atheism, I believe, is a moral relativism. I don't mean this as a harsh critique, suggesting that Atheists are immoral, but as a comparison to a devoutly religious person. People of faith see their moral values as coming from God, written in Scriptures, and the word is passed along at the churches, synagogues, and mosques. They see moral codes such as the Ten Commandments as being divinely given and eternal, not to be questioned and interpreted differently to fit modern society's lifestyle. Atheists, on the other hand, view the world in more shades of grey, a civilization where morals are malleable and ever changing.

The easiest example of moral relativism would have to do with global politics and warfare. Just how easy is it for an ally to become an enemy, and therefore, obviously, evil? Communist Russia was the "Evil Empire" when we were adversaries during the Cold War, and now we send the people of the former Soviet
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