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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Thoughts On Evil

I listen to Ravi Zacharias, an apologetics speaker. He has a weekly downloadable program called "Let My People Think" where he spoke about evil. He addressed the idea that since there is no common base on which to judge good and evil, there can be no evil since anything can go and one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter so-to-speak. He made some good points and it's politics-free.

His point was that simply asking "what is good" or "what is evil" are incomplete questions because they're taken out of context. He suggests the bedrock foundation of how to determine what is good or evil is by seeing the nature of God. Indeed without God, there is no baseline for which to judge acts as evil or good. In Habakkuk, he asks why God would allow such things to happen. The quote Ravi uses is completely interchangeable with questions asked about terrorism and Islam today.

What I find interesting is that when you come to the incomplete conclusion that anything goes, it's a result of asking an incomplete question of "what is good/evil." The right questions are the ones with definite answers. When the answer is "whatever you want," then it's not a good question. The only way to have a definite answer on what is good or evil is: "is this what God would approve?" When you take God out of the equation, you lose the definition and hence, the validity of the question.