One thing at which the world excels these days is virtue signaling and in general decrying anything we believe is evil and wrong. And some of us see evil and wrongdoing everywhere.
Because this practice is currently white hot, it’s a given that whenever I talk to a non-Christian about our faith, they’ll bring up the problem of evil as a reason why they don’t believe in God. After some back and forth, the discussion reaches this point:
Me: So, you’re saying that if God exists He should rid the world of evil?
Me: What if He starts with you?
It’s my observation that while people see evil everywhere and in nearly everyone (else), they usually don’t see it in themselves. In some ways I can’t blame them because secular psychology and society in general do a great job of convincing them any wrong they do is not their fault and there’s really nothing bad inside the man or woman in the mirror.
Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
What’s to blame?
The famed psychologist Abraham Maslow once stated: “As far as I know we just don’t have any intrinsic instincts for evil.” Agreeing with him is Carl Rogers who asserted, “I do not find that…evil is inherent in human nature.”
But if evil isn’t part of our basic character, then how do we account for all the moral evil we see? The 18th century philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau who heavily influenced the French Revolution and birth of the Leftist movement said that each human being is born an ‘innocent savage’ but is then corrupted by society. Society and not people, said, Rousseau is responsible for evil.
Amazingly, the fact that societies are composed of people escaped Rousseau’s reasoning.
Others postulate that evil is a sickness, a mental abnormality that is a malfunction in the brain, which leads to bad behavior. There’s little question that a healthy amount of mental illness exists today and that such disorders can result in evil acts. For example, in her book My Life Among the Serial Killers, Dr. Helen Morrison says this of the murderers with which she has dealt: “He is a serial killer when he is a fetus, even as soon as sperm meets egg to create the genes of a new person.”
Is this always the case? No. For instance, when Morrison was asked to examine the famous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, she admitted after her autopsy that Gacy’s brain was perfectly normal – no defects, no abnormalities, no excuses.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Robin Schumacher