When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you, understanding will keep you to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things. – Proverbs 2
To be viewed as logically consistent, the modern-atheist must declare there’s no such thing as evil, and by default there’s also no such thing as good.
How perilously low mankind has fallen to boldly and unashamedly make such a lying and wicked declaration.
Having read the latest regurgitation of atheist philosophy – which is to deny the existence of evil, then to quickly move on to give their own definition of evil; the massive irony of the critical lesson of partaking of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is obviously lost on those who need it most.
First, there is a huge difference between the words suffering and evil. Trying to interchange and comingle the definitions of both words can only be seen as a deliberate endeavor to mask an already weak and faulty argument.
1. Suffering is having no food and having to go hungry for a while.
2. Evil is deliberately withholding food from someone and watching them starve to death.
[See way below for why you’re not obligated to accept my definition of evil.]
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Surely, we’re not speaking of physical eyes being opened here, neither are we speaking of the ability to know right and wrong as God had already given Adam the command ‘eat this, not that.’
Deception is always most effective sprinkled with both a bit of truth and a lie.
Clearly, the serpent lied by saying, “you will not surely die.”
How many of us today are falling prey to the outright lies of the serpent, who deliberately contradicts the very word of God.
Anyway, to the matter at hand.
The author, in the comments made an unknowingly insightful comment, which simply read: “It really does matter how we are defining the word “evil” because if two people aren’t agreeing on the definition, it’s terribly difficult to agree on which acts should be thrown in the category.”
Yes mam’ I agree with you here. You’ve summed up your and many other’s conundrum nicely, thank you.
Isn’t this exactly what the Creator tried to get across to Adam?
What exactly do you think will happen when man takes it upon himself to determine or to define what is good and what is evil. What type of world do we get.
I do not accept your definition of evil, and you do not accept mine… pray tell, which one of us is right,… or even more right? and who is distinguished enough in this universe to get to decide who is right?
Who ultimately gets to define what is acceptably good and what is unacceptably evil?
Yes, godless ones,
Who made you God?… or worse yet, who have you decided to make into a God?