A Definition of Evil

Evil is Truth turned on its head.

Todd Beal

Evil comes with many faces, as it borrows from truth to conceal itself.  Evil can appear as kind, loving, passionate, altruistic, and even as truth itself: its mastery of deception makes it very difficult to see behind the illusion.  Evil is what allows a corrupt person to truthfully expose the deeds of another corrupt person and become a hero in the public’s eyes.  Evil comes to us in the form of someone’s kindness at a time when we need kindness the most: you and I open our hearts to this person with ulterior motives and in walks ruin.  Evil fabricates a façade of truth to both conceal itself and deceive us, but truth exposes everything to the light of day, even itself.

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About Todd Beal

I love truth and its facts. I love thought-provoking conversations that give both the other person and me a better understanding of a particular topic. I love to find answers to life-long questions; answers that let me see things for what they are instead of what they seem to be. I truly enjoy being in the midst of a group of people where all individuals are joining in, where everybody is enjoying the company of each other. I relax in the company of individuals who are competent yet humble. I like to catch myself doing or saying something ridiculous and then laugh my head off. I enjoy my church and being involved.
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3 Responses to A Definition of Evil

  1. I define Evil as anything that substitutes God’s Glory. The reason I define Evil this way is because what makes evil evil is not first that it hurts people, but that it blasphemes God. And blaspheming God is the ultimate evil and the ultimate outrage in the universe.

    Thus, when the Glory of God is substituted by anything else, the list of all sins (“corrupted nature, spiritually blind, and spiritually dead”) (Ephesian 2:1-5)) unavoidably springs.

    Evil springs when the Glory of God is substituted for any heavenly or earthly object (i.e. joy, food, drugs, fame, sex, pride) or being (i.e. angels, saints) apart from the true ultimate joy which is in God Himself.

    Like Jesus’ Prodigal Son parable, “The prodigal son left true joy in pursuit of the false temporary joy, which ends up in misery – namely, feeding the pigs”; from a son to a slave.

    Therefore evil is not, first, that it hurts people or that it allows a corrupted person to show his/her colors, but more fatally, blasphemes God.

    God is glorified in the way we Christ-like treat people, the way we relate to each other, the way we love our wives as Christ loves the Church, the way we are ready to give our lives for the sake of others because the sum of the commandments is to love God with our mind, strength, soul and heart, and love our neighbor as ourselves.

    The Glory of God is expressed in his love, his justice, and his holiness, and in these there is no evil.

    Therefore, I define evil as anything that substitutes God’s Glory as anything that does not delight in God. Thus, in this I praise/glorify God, for He so loved us; even though we did not delight in Him, even though we substitute him with other created things (which are created for his glory), he loved us, not because of who we are but because of who He is (His Glory), that His Son, our Lord and Savior, died (for His Glory), to substitute his righteousness (for His Glory) to our unrighteousness, to bear our unrighteous on the cross as the justice of God was displayed (Romans 3:23-26).

    Prayson

    Whoever serves, [let him do it] as one who serves by the strength which God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (l Peter 4:11)

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    • Todd Beal says:

      Your comment is certainly true, and prompts me to give clarification for my statement. I wrote this statement under the premise that the essence of what you are saying is already established.

      The point I am stressing in the elaboration for ‘A Definition of Evil’ is that evil, despite being evil, often appears as though it is not (hiding itself, masquerading as truth so that we will accept it), and consequently effectively destroys because the illusion is so believable. On the other hand, truth stays in the open for all to see, and exposes evil for what it is. Truth does not need to hide its true intent; it is true, not a facade that resembles truth. Truth is the real deal, fully showing itself to anyone who will accept it. It is for this very reason that most people will not accept it; it hurts to accept truth when we would rather believe a lie that feels good.

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  2. Todd I agree with you. If we saw evil for what it really is up front, we would never find it attractive. We would run away in horror and wonder how anyone could ever want any part of it. Instead, we are drawn in by the words and don’t stop to think about the intentions of the speaker. Before long, we find ourselves at the bottom of a very slippery slope. We need to learn God’s Word so that we have an answer ready when we are tempted to become gods and “fix” the world.

    Every child should be loved and wanted’ becomes abortion.
    No one should ever have to suffer’ becomes euthanasia.
    They love each other’ becomes same-sex marriage.
    Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity’ becomes revolution, slavery and death.
    Peace’ becomes war.
    Education’ becomes indoctrination.
    Sexual freedom’ becomes broken families.
    Religious freedom’ becomes Atheism.
    This will make you feel better’ becomes addiction and shame.
    Evil starts with ‘loving’ and ‘kind’ words and always ends in destruction and death.

    Evil is the opposite of Live.

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