Is it the devil or human responsibility?
What is the root cause of Evil?
I think this complicated question begs a divine answer. Evil is such an absolutist word… I prefer to ask the question as follows: what’s the cause of injustice and sorrow in the universe?
Do you believe in the Devil?
- 31% Yes, the devil is the source of all evil
- 18% Yes, the devil is the source of all temptation
- 35% No, I don’t believe in God OR the Devil
- 16% No, I don’t believe in the Devil, though I do believe in God
225 people voted in this poll.
What is the cause of Evil?
The Devil or some other divine cause
When you look around the world there are so many evil, you are right to ask what is the source of the evil? The Bible book of Revelation 12 ; 12 gives a reason. its says its woe to the Earth because the Devil is brought down to earth and therefore he has a great anger that is why there are so many bad things in the world. See also in Second Timmothy 3 : 1- 6, it says we live in the last days that is why the badness is more in our generation.
Human ignorance and folly is the source of evil
“Evil” to me is a severe lack of love and divine knowledge and it is caused by any living being which ignores the truth (human ignorance) and indulges in greed (folly).
Low IQ / EQ balance is the root cause of all that is not right.
– lack of empathy
– greed (all kinds)
– corruption ( moral and other kinds)
All stem from the same source – low IQ and/or EQ.
People don’t like taking responsibility for them selves / their actions / choices, so they tend to blame “The Devil”. People can be the darkest, baser, most evil the world has ever seen when they choose to (the quote “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” sums it up pretty well), but the opposite is also true. People can be the most loving, kind-hearted, generous and divine the world has ever seen – when they choose to.
Numbing ourselves, to avoid/suppress pain in childhood creates an inability to feel a connection with each other in adulthood, that in turn allows for all forms of Evil to exist between us, To that degree we all contain evil “Which we personify as the devil, And we also contain the divine which we personify as god or good.
All humans live in shades of grey. No one or in fact nothing is absolutely evil or perfectly good. We have the choice to get tempted to do evil or eschew it and shun it. Karma does the balancing act of rendering justice during each lifetime.
Evil is just a word, evilness has no physicality, evil is the absence of good, like coldness is the absence of heat. Cold and heat has no physicality, but it takes one that has senses to perceive heat and coldness.
Evilness is unique in the eyes of each observer, because not all who roam upon this world perceives evilness in the same way.
The perception of evil is separated by different sets of religions and groups of people.
Evil does not exist, evil is not a force nor a thing that has self awareness, you can choose to be,like you can choose to run,does running exist?no,its a action,same as evil.
I did not vote as the questions are not asked precisely. Satan exists, the devil does not. We all have a slice of god(the divine) and a slice of satan in us (as our lower-self. And if you question if god is an “actor” in mans’ affairs than I am afraid you can consider me an “atheist” as he is not and actor and he is not a “he”.
Evil is – I think – best defined as a moral problem. What’s evil is bad because it’s morally wrong. And only humans are capable of moral choices, so it’s a human problem. The cause of evil is people mistreating each other out of greed, ignorance and selfishness.
The ultimate existential question: what is the cause of evil, hardship, sorrow?
How a question gets asks often determines how it gets answered. In the Abrahamic religions the existential question is usually asked just as I put it in my title: ‘What is the cause of evil?’
Since God is thought to be a good being, he can’t be the cause of evil – which is why people believe in The Devil.
Leaving aside a lot of theological debate for the moment, I’d like to introduce you to some other ways the existential question can be asked:
- What is the cause of hardship and sorrow?
- Why are good people often miserable?
- Why am I so unlucky?
- Why am I happy when others are not?
All religions attempt to answer these questions. But their answers depend on which question they put as the uppermost one. Christianity focuses on divine justice, because the basic question is one of ‘good versus evil’. Buddhism focuses on learning to deal with stress and sorrow, because it focuses on ‘the cause of hardship and sorrow’. Hinduism stresses that the good get rewarded in the end by blaming it all on karma.
Do good and evil even exist?
When I talk about good and evil, someone always comes up to say that the very distinction between good and evil is a social construct. Do you agree?
Is the distinction between good and evil relevant?
No, good and evil are just ways in which people try to limit each other’s freedom
Social constraints do make a difference. A guy who has many women is admired. A woman who goes with many guys (we don’t even say she ‘has’ them) is seen as a harlot. This means that society judges as evil in one what it admires in the other. Not fair – but ultimately both are to be pitied, I think.
Yes, human beings can hurt and help each other.
Whether to love or hate or injure or hurt, it all lies in our hands. What we mete out comes back to us. Either to haunt us or to embrace us.
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