The Nature Of Good And Evil

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The nature of good and evil is a phenomenon that humans have tried to explain since inhabiting the earth. Religions vary in their views of understanding good and evil. The explanation of good and evil sets the stage to understand human nature and also its views on the afterlife. Some religions share similar views of good and evil and some could not be further apart in their beliefs. In this paper I’ll examine the views of good and evil of the following religions: Indigenous, Hinduism and Jainism, Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, and some New Religious groups. The beliefs of the nature of good and evil from Indigenous religions basically hold the view that the spiritual realm is made up of both good and evil entities that have the ability to interact with the physical realm. Many indigenous cultures believe that these gods need to be appeased in order to receive blessings and to mitigate curses. Sometimes the indigenous group may believe that their specific group represents good and that all other groups are evil, this belief can sometimes result in war (Fisher, pg. 41-52.). Hindus believe that good and evil are interdependent and created by God. Hinduism is a polytheistic religion that has depictions of several gods or goddess that can either be good or evil. Hindus believe that good and evil exist in the mind and that which brings positivity in life is good and that which is negative or hinders progress is considered

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