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June 17, 2007



Interesting thoughts Jim. Thinking about good and evil I remember the verses in Matthew that go something like: 'Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.'

A two year old doesn't need to be taught to do bad things. What it needs is some instruction on how to be nice and kind to others. I think that we are all born with that heart knowledge of both good and evil.

If not for Christ and his life-giving Spirit we would all be left to die in the dust.

David Dalrymple

One of my favorite talks is Donald Millers Rez week talks. He talked about the genesis story in several of them. I buy his ideas that God had to put the tree there to give us a choice. We choose wrongly and sin entered us. But I am curious about the devils role in that whole process. When the devil was an angel did he have a tree up in heaven that he ate from. It's like the fall behind the fall.

I like what you said though about evil always having existed in our creation.

Drew Leatherberry

I would tend to agree that evil existed from early on. Contrast is the word that comes to mind. Good vs. evil. Light vs. darkness. How does one know good is good without evil? How does one know light is light without darkness? Or, at the very least, with free will, there must be the capacity for evil and darkness in order for good and light.

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