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Evil[1]

  1. 1. “ For good to exist, there must be evil – otherwise how would we recognise good when it happened?”
  2. 2. Why do we have evil and suffering in our world? Where does evil come from?
  3. 3. There are 3 explanations you’ll need to know for the exam <ul><li>The Devil </li></ul><ul><li>A force </li></ul><ul><li>A psychological phenomenon </li></ul>
  4. 4. 1. Christians believe that there is a force of evil that goes against everything God represents.
  5. 5. <ul><li>He is called… </li></ul><ul><li>Satan </li></ul><ul><li>Devil </li></ul><ul><li>Prince of Darkness </li></ul><ul><li>The Deceiver </li></ul><ul><li>Beelzebub </li></ul><ul><li>Lucifer </li></ul><ul><li>Prince of Hell </li></ul><ul><li>The evil one </li></ul><ul><li>Old Nick </li></ul><ul><li>The enemy </li></ul><ul><li>Antichrist </li></ul><ul><li>Belial </li></ul><ul><li>The Dragon </li></ul><ul><li>Leviathan </li></ul><ul><li>Ruler of this world </li></ul><ul><li>Unclean spirit </li></ul>
  6. 6. Satan is totally opposed to God and everything that God stands for. He is jealous of humans and wishes to destroy us using our own weaknesses and sin. He convinces us that our own way is better than God’s. Satan can take on any form.
  7. 7. Lucifer to Satan God created angels with free will. Lucifer was his most perfect angel but was jealous of human and ambitious. He began a rebellion in heaven and turned many angels against God.
  8. 8. Lucifer transformed himself into ‘Satan’ (the accuser) and launched a war in heaven.   By accusation, lies and deception, he intended to bring God down and destroy Him
  9. 9. In his anger, God cast Satan out of heaven where he fell like lightning to rule over this world. Christians believe that here, Satan tempts people to sin then overwhelms them with shame and discouragement.
  10. 10. “ Get thee behind me, Satan!” <ul><li>The Bible says that </li></ul><ul><li>Christ was tempted </li></ul><ul><li>by the devil in His </li></ul><ul><li>mission to save </li></ul><ul><li>the world – </li></ul><ul><li>Christians believe </li></ul><ul><li>this story shows </li></ul><ul><li>that we can all come </li></ul><ul><li>under the devil’s </li></ul><ul><li>spell. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The movie line, &quot; Never underestimate the power of the Dark Side ,&quot; wasn't far off the mark.  The Bible puts it this way:  &quot;Your enemy the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.&quot;
  12. 12. Summing up No. 1 <ul><li>Christians believe in a powerful, evil being called the devil. </li></ul><ul><li>The devil causes evil in our world and is the constant enemy of God and mankind. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Some problems with this theory . . . <ul><li>If God is GOOD, why does He allow the devil free reign over earth? </li></ul><ul><li>If God is OMNIPOTENT (all powerful), why doesn’t He just crush the devil? </li></ul><ul><li>ALSO … The Christian idea of Satan has largely </li></ul><ul><li>come from early Christian missionaries trying to </li></ul><ul><li>wipe out Paganism. (see following slide) </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Pagan god, Pan had hoofed feet and was half goat. Christians accused anyone who worshipped Pan of being a devil worshipper. You can see the similarities with images of the devil.
  15. 15. 2. Evil is a force Many people believe that evil is a spiritual force. Humans can use their spiritual power for good or for evil. We can choose which force to follow.
  16. 16. Since evil is 'done' by human beings, it is up to each of them to eliminate evil. Evil acts are committed by choice. We are free to choose not to do evil. God gave human beings the 'gift' of free will. Human beings choose to use this gift for good or for evil.
  17. 17. 3. Evil is a psychological phenomenon This idea is that some people have an imbalance in their mind from birth. These can be inherited or simply triggered through events in childhood.
  18. 18. When a person is so mentally unbalanced that they perform evil deeds, we must look at the root causes of their problem. We will nearly always find that they themselves have been the victims of evil or abuse.
  19. 19. So what’s the answer to evil? <ul><li>ONLY good can destroy evil. </li></ul><ul><li>God works through PEOPLE, not magic wands or thunder bolts. </li></ul><ul><li>People can defeat evil with their own goodness – if they use their FREE WILL to choose to do so. </li></ul>

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