'There is no such thing as evil' Discuss this statement.

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‘There is no such thing as evil’. Discuss this statement.

In our society, the question of the existence of evil is very important as every day we hear of news of natural disasters or genocides that have occurred. This raises the question of whether we are born evil and indeed, whether a benevolent God can exist amidst all of this suffering.

Conservative and Fundamentalist Christians would believe that evil does exist and that Satan is the root of all evil. They believe that Satan literally exists and that he is on earth to tempt and corrupt humans. Because Satan exists and he is active in the world, evil must exist as well and humans are only evil because they have been corrupted by the devil. Liberal Christians will believe that Satan doesn’t literally exist but he is a metaphor for the source of evil. I do not think that this is a good argument because, in my opinion, the existence of the devil and thus evil is not compatible with an omnipotent God as God could just get rid of Satan.
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Fundamentalist Christians would believe that evil exists because of Adam and Eve and the Fall. Because Eve was tempted by the snake to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, all humans who are descended from Adam and Eve are sinful which brings in the notion of Original Sin, which suggests that we are all sinful from birth, and so Christians are baptised to cleanse the babies to get rid of their sin. Fundamentalists believe that this is literally true and so they believe in Original Sin but more Liberal Christians who believe that it ...

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