Posted by TJO on September 30, 2006, at 19:11:08
In reply to Re: Evil, posted by SLS on September 30, 2006, at 8:23:07
> Jost put into words so well how I think and feel.
> > > Morally, religiously, none of it would be possible if not for evil in opposition to.
> Far Eastern religions and philosophies do not believe that there is an evil being or evil force extant that attempts to influence people or things. Good and evil are not in conflict. For example, "as a concept, Taoist do not hold the position of good against evil; rather they see the interdependence of all dualities. So when one labels something as a good, one automatically creates evil." (http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8059_1.html) Here, everything has properties or energies of yin and yang that are in balance. If one wants to look at the balance of good and evil, the reality is that all objects and actions contain aspects of each.
> > > Would there be evil if Satan was bound and thrown out of the picture?
> That's an interesting question. Again, in the Eastern religions, evil is created once good is proposed. Satan is not necessary. Only man is. So the answer is yes. Of course, evil is created once evil is proposed as well. :-) / :-(
> > > Oops. Who is Satan?
> > *** apparently a fallen angel I heard.
> > Evil exists.
> > It does.
> I agree.
> - Scott
I find this a very well-written statement of what I beleive in also. I actually had a similiar discussion with someone recently in a diner, but this states it better. :-D