Essay on Evil Can Be Defined As A Dishonorable Act

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Introduction Evil can be characterized many different ways, but for the purposes of this paper evil will be defined as a dishonorable act completed by an individual 's free choice to do so, such as intentionally harming another person. Additionally, the earth can also experience what is known as physical or environmental evils as well. These biological occurrences do not have a human component and may be more difficult to explain, examples include earthquakes and floods (Phillips et al., 2015). According to Phillips et al., (2015) these evils can be defined as moral and natural evils and at times they overlap to be called mixed evils, but the most difficult evil to comprehend being 'gratuitous evil", which is defined as a senseless act that causes grief and affliction of the innocent (p. 148). Christians are often asked why does God allows bad things happen or forms of evil to occur, especially if God is known to be good? The human heart can be very selfish and we can do evil things in an effort to obtain what the "self" wants. The Holy Bible, NIV (1996) teaches us to live in the light and to speak out for what is true and right "Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But when the light shine on them, it becomes clear how evil these things are. And where your light shines, it will expose…

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