I believe in the existence of God and find the arguments for the existence of God (including the morality argument) very compelling. Therefore, I also believe in absolute/transcendent morality. However, I am struggling with the origin of evil.God created everything out of NOTHING, i.e. NOTHING existed before God created us and this world. God could not have created evil. Then where does evil come from? If I try to trace back the origin of evil, the bible leads me to Lucifer. But where did Lucifer's pride come from? How did the concept of pride emerge in this world in the first place? Did God create "pride" so that Lucifer had a free choice?Some, including Dr. Craig, argue that evil is the "privation" of good or the "opposite" of good. But is the privation of "love" really "hate"? Couldn't it be just "indifference"? Where did the concept "hate" or "jealousy" originate from? Let me give you another example. What is the opposite of homosexuality? Is homosexuality the privation of heterosexuality? Where does homosexuality come from? God clearly didn't "create" it? One may argue that all the variations of sinful or evil nature are consequences of our original sin. But what is the origin of our original sin, going back to my Lucifer question?Thank you.
Thank you very much for your response. I really appreciate it.I understand the free will argument. God gave us free will to choose between accepting and rejecting God, or between good and evil. But in order to have this choice, I must have both good and evil available to me as options. Where did this option of evil come from, if God created the world out of NOTHING? Did God create evil to give us a choice and free will?
Not choosing good, does not automatically mean choosing evil, in my view. This is what I was trying to illustrate by saying that the opposite of love does not necessarily equal hate. Instead, it could be indifference. Rejecting good doesn't necessarily lead to doing evil. It could simply mean NOT doing good. So my point here is that evil has so many variations (e.g. hate, pride, false witness, to name a few) that it must have been created. It is hard for me to see evil simply as a rejection of good. Where do these variations of evil come from? Who invented or created these concepts?I am not trying to disprove the existence of God with this question. As I said, I believe in the existence of God. I am simply struggling with this question of evil.Thank you.
Thanks again for taking your time to respond.I think you are close to answering my question, but I think I need more clarification.Could you elaborate on the difference between evil and amoral? It was a little confusing to me. And why is it impossible to live a totally amoral life? I am just not familiar with the distinction between evil and amoral.
Thank you for the explanation.I see your point. Your point is that for us, moral agents, the only alternative to good is evil.There clearly are concepts, such as telling the truth vs. telling lies, where A vs. Not A equals good vs. evil, i.e. the alternative of telling the truth can only be telling a lie. But in some cases, the alternative of good does not necessarily mean evil.I guess my struggle is with the vast variety of evil in the world. Homosexuality is one example. What is homosexuality a privation of? Where does it come from? Did people really not have any other alternative but to be homosexual, as they reject "good"?That evil is a privation of good is a reasonable explanation, but I think it is not a good enough explanation.