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  • Then we can be our own worst enemy, our own evil within ourselves.
  • Satan is alive and well in the hearts and minds of mankind. He does exist.
  • People
  • satan does exist but if he didnt i would say the evil comes from your thoughts
  • Human nature gone bad.
  • Saying "evil" comes from "satan" only takes away responsiblity, everybody can create hell on earth for themselves...or the opposite... How can you have good without bad anyway? The idea that we are supposed to be good and "pure" and "impure" thoughts are put into our heads by an outside entity is absurd! Of course everybody has negative thoughts and people also choose to behave negatively....the thing that seperates us all is CHOICE -- We all have the potential to do things we know as "bad" or even "evil". EXAMPLE: Someone could behave in a way we know as "bad" for years (reject loved ones, get into fights , develop and addiction to alchol, steal from family, seriously injure someone, etc) and then, naturally, become very unhappy and disturbed because of their negative actions and negative headspace... This person could then go on to do terrible ("evil") things(eg. kill someone, abuse a woman/child etc) and and cause other people grief (normally because of an inability to deal with their own pain) - would you then say this person is in someway under the influence of "satan" ? No, That dimishes the persons responsiblity in a situation they created themselves, This person has become hurt and disturbed and unhappy due to a cycle of SELF INFLICTED negative behaviour, and is unable to deal with his/her own issues so instead pushes pain onto those caring enough to stick around him/her. Demonising the person's mental state and issues by associating his/her behaviour with a demonic entity could only serve to as an enabler and a scapegoat for the offending person.
  • "So if I understand you correctly, Satan doesn't exist and evil exists as a balance to good" ...I think "evil" is such a strong term in comparison to "good".... t's easier to explain if you personalise it - eg. "evil" could be seen as the "wrong" choice, "good" as the right one. We tell them apart because we know the "evil" one, will not make us happy, and "good" as the one that ultimatly makes us happy in the right way. How would we know the "right" one was right without the wrong?
  • Man creates evil. Satan is just a scapegoat.
  • From the nasty boil in my bottom.
  • Poor parental guidence.
  • Free will
  • Asuming the non-existence of Satan, evil must come from us, and from specific aspects of our individual or collective characters. I happen to believe evil can come from almost anything. Almost any thought process that can be defined as absolute has the capacity to cause evil acts to be committed. Even a desire to do 'good' can cause such actions. 'My country right or wrong', 'my family right or wrong', my this, my that, etc, etc. And yes, religions of all stripes do make an appearance in that list, as can almost anything else that is incapable of change. These thoughts are not in themselves evil, they just make evil actions more possible. These could also be defined as ignorance (not knowing), arrogance (not wanting to know), extreme self interest, or hugely inflated egos. Again, these things don't automatically cause evil acts, they just make these actions more likely.
  • The minds of men and women sadly. Satan cannot be the source of evil. If god is good and satan practices evil in opposition to god then god can be opposed and so is he really a god? If something can oppose his will he is not all powerful surely. SO if God is the source of all he muct also be the source of evil, no? "If God is both willing and able to prevent evil then whence cometh evil? If he is willing but not able then he is not all powerful. If he is able but not willing then he is malevolent. And if he is neither capable nor willing, why call him God?"
  • Evil came from the void created in the absence of good. It started out as a mere possibility and concept. It was actualized by negative choice. Satan didn't create it; he has just been its best sales representative. We make choices. When we make the wrong ones, the possibility for evil exists.
  • There's no such thing at all as evil. There isn't such a thing as good. Only conflicting thoughts, views, opnions, et cetera. Nothing more, nothing less.
  • Greed, in my opinion. To be a bit more general, humans.
  • Free will. We have the gift of choice, to choose between right and wrong. If we didn't have the option to choose wrong, choosing right would have no relevance.
  • Religion. And I'm being serious- "good" and "evil" are religious concepts. They don't exist in any measurable way. They are opinions, like "beauty". We need to stop the black-and-white mindset of "good" and "evil" and realize we are all individual human beings, and each individual human being has value, and each human being has rights, and each individual's rights end where the next individual's rights begin.
  • Satan does exist and he(once known as "Lucifer") was the first to sin and commit evil. But even without him, sin would probably be the source of evil. Sin is really worse than Satan because it made Satan what he is. I hope that this is helpful. :) -In the service of Christ the Master. Thank you and God bless you!
    • mushroom
      If sin made Satan what he is, who was the first sinner that influenced Satan?
  • I believe that "evil" is a term to describe bad acts, decisions, and thoughts. It doesn't "come" from anywhere, but just represents what is wrong. I think it's a religious term more than anything else.
  • People. Satan isn't evil, anyway.
  • Satan exists as surely as I do.
  • People. There is evil within all of us. Some just don't let it out
  • Good and evil are subjective opinions dependent upon your perspective. Those acts generally agreed by humans to be evil are the result of an imbalance of the interests of the self and the interests of others. This is facilitated by a lack of compassion. "Evil" is a human concept, dependent on a human perspective, and the result of human thoughts and actions.
  • Well, If satan existed or not, evil comes from good. Evil is the absence of good. Good and evil is both one, but does it mean that evil is bad? No, evil is not bad, only if you make it bad. Evil is only there to set an example that you should not be evil because there is good.
    • pugwashjw65
      Anon...IF you are a baptized J.W. you would not be making such statements.
  • God created everything
  • evil comes from paranoia and a lack of exitement
  • satan does exist.
  • He does not exist, evil comes from mankind it`s a part of us.
  • Evil comes frome the hearts of Men...meaning humanity. It is that part of us that is still the raging wild animal...the beast. Evil is where men live.
  • It was founded by Satan - Satan was created perfect until ....Ezek 28:15 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity (OT:5766 perverseness, to bend, to twist to perverseness) was found( Discovered in you) OT:4672 matsa' (maw-tsaw'); a primitive root; properly, to come forth to, i.e. appear or exist; transitively, to attain, i.e. find or acquire; figuratively, to occur, meet or be present:) in thee.
  • Both Satan and God exists with in you,in your heart and mind. Virtue is you gotta decide which way to go, whom to follow. Man in himself is full of EVIL and he in himself is the one pure holy one. all depends on the choices you make. And this one you have to decide from your heart. cuz mind can be disguised, but a true heart can never be.
  • From the darkest fears of mankind.
  • People made up the concept of "evil". It's fictional.
  • You must first define what 'evil' is to you before that question can be answered for you.
  • I also don't really believe in religeon, so i'm kind of bearing with you. But for the sake of this, I believe satan has no physical form. I think he is just a manifistation of the evil in the hearts and minds of men that people in religeon choose to portray. He may also just be a figure used to scare people into doing good deeds.
  • If the absolute stinking Master of smelliness doesn't exist, where did bad odors came from? And of course, Mister clean has to exist too, otherwise we wouldn't have deodorants or showers.
  • Satan does exist! Who said he doesn't?
  • did u know satan had a high place with god but became jealous of god
  • Evil comes from God.
  • People and extraterrestrials, not all of them just some of them. Then again, evil is a matter of perspective.
  • Great question! Satan does exist (I speak from experience). And he is responsible for and behind all the evil in the world. "Evil comes..from Satan, and it entered this world when Satan deceived Adam and Eve and caused them to turn against God. Both evil and Satan are real, and the two go hand-in-hand." Let me further quote Billy Graham: "Yes, the devil is real. He is not just a symbol for evil, nor is he an imaginary figure that people dreamed up to explain the existence of evil. Evil is real—and so is Satan or the devil. "Don't picture Satan, however, the way the cartoons do—as a comic figure with a red suit and a pitchfork who bothers people sometimes but otherwise has little influence. Satan is a very powerful cosmic spiritual personality who has one goal: to stop God's work wherever it is taking place. To accomplish this he schemes and works every way he can, and he is behind all the evil that takes place in the world. His name—Satan—literal ly means "Adversary"—an d that is what he is: our adversary." "The devil works to deceive us and convince us that his promises are true and God's Word is a lie. Jesus said that the devil 'was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies' (John 8:44). Don't ever take Satan lightly!" "If you are a Christian, Satan hates you because he lost what you now have, and that is eternal life with Jesus Christ in heaven forever! If you are not a Christian, he still hates you, and will try to trick you into not believing and accepting Jesus Christ into your heart." "But one other thing needs to be said about the devil: He is a defeated foe! By His death and resurrection Jesus Christ conquered all the forces of death and Hell and Satan, and when we belong to Christ, we are safe from all these terrors forever." "The Bible tells us that someday all evil will be banished. The vast spiritual conflict between Satan and God that has raged from the beginning of time will be over, and God will be triumphant. Someday all evil will be cast "into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41, KJV). "The Bible tells us that in the meantime, God can give us victory over evil. This doesn't mean bad things will never happen to us—but even when they do, we can know God is with us, and He will give us strength to stand against them. Isn't it better to face life's problems with God rather than without Him? No, we may not understand everything that happens to us—but when we know Christ, we know we are on the winning side. Why not commit your life to Him today?"~Billy Graham
  • Satan is real. Dosen't matter if you belive he is within ourselves or without, satan is real and NO good can come from him, only absolute evil.
  • Evil doesn't come from any anywhere, nor does it really exist beyond as a concept. Evil is merely a word that is used as an adverb or an adjective to describe a terrible deed, or somebody who perpetrates terrible deeds. Turning evil into a noun is a status that doesn't fit with reality, in my opinion.
  • My Mother-in-Law She's this country main resource of evil. *on occasions she exports overseas
  • Evil comes from human nature. Everybody has evil in them, and some people choose to use it. ~ And always remember... Hannibal Lecter is searching for you
  • Human beings are solely responsible for their own actions, be they good or evil.
  • It comes from the power we all have as individual's to make a choice between good and bad.........And for all that will say God is involed here is what I have to say about that: . My new understanding of God is that he/she does not promise us protection and intervention from evil, he/she promises only salvation and enlightenment when we reach the land of "promise"
  • Mankind is the producer of all evil ... Niether of his imaginary Gods are visible ... but his evil certainly is ... satan is within man
  • Satan does exist. 1 John 5 :19 tells us that the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one. For more information on this subject please visit wwwjworg.
  • Satan is not a person or living being, but an abstract concept synonymous with evil.
  • The spirit creature who is the chief adversary of Jehovah God and all who worship the true God. The name Satan was given to him because of his becoming a resister of Jehovah. Satan is also know as the Devil, because he is the foremost slanderer of God . Satan is referred to by name 52 times and devil 33 times in the Bible. Many scriptures show Satan to be the evil person he is [Job chapters 1 and 2 ] and Matthew 4:1-11. 1 John 5:19 states the whole world is lying in his power or under his influence. Only if we apply John 4:23,24 and worship in truth [John 17:17 ] can we survive his influence. 2 Corinthians 4:4.
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  • Satan DOES EXIST... (Job 2:1) Afterward the day came when the sons of the true God entered to take their station before Jehovah, and Satan also entered among them to take his station before Jehovah.
  • Genesis 3:1 "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made." Genesis 3:14 "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:" Job 26:13 "By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent." ------------------------------------ The very first mention of the 'devil' in The Holy Bible is in The New Testament when Jesus is led into the wilderness by The Spirit to be 'tempted' of, not 'by', the devil. Lucifer, as mentioned in Isaiah 14:16 reads, "They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;" In this verse Lucifer is a 'man' who will be: Isaiah 14:19 "But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch," This man 'Lucifer' will be cast out of a grave which means someone will have to put him into a grave... Ezekiel 28:15 reads, "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." Iniquity can also be 'perversion' of some sort... Now if this man, Lucifer, who was perfect in his ways until some iniquity or perversion was found in him, does that mean that Lucifer can change his form into the form of a serpent? And if so, did Lucifer remain a serpent after God cursed the serpent?? Genesis 3:14 "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:" ---------------------------------- 1 Chronicles 21:1 reads: "And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel." Satan here can mean, 'Enemy'. And the Enemy stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. Who was the enemy of Israel or David at that time? The Leaders of the Philistines, the previous King Saul's very own brothers (1 Chronicles 12:2), the Ammonites, The Syrians, and many others could have been the enemy, or Satan to David... ------------------------------------------ 1 Chronicles 12 "These are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while David was still hidden because of Saul the son of Kish. They were among the strong men who helped him in war. 2 They fought with the bow. They could also throw stones or shoot arrows with both the right and left hand. They were Saul’s brothers from Benjamin. 3 The leader was Ahiezer, then Joash. Both of them were sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite. And there were Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth, Beracah, Jehu the Anathothite, 4 and Ishmaiah the Gibeonite. He was a strong man among the thirty, and a leader over them. There were Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad the Gederathite, 5 Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite. 6 There were Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, Jashobeam, the Korahites. 7 And there were Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor." ----------------------- A person from within this list could have been the one who 'provoked' David to take the census... ------------------------------ And so we have the words, 'Satan', 'the devil', 'the serpent' and 'the dragon'. Satan, maybe Lucifer, is a man... The devil is first mentioned in The New Testament. The serpent is first mentioned in Genesis as more subtil than any of the beasts of the field. And the dragon. The book of Job speaks of Leviathan... Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? 41:2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? 41:3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? 41:4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever? 41:5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? 41:6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? 41:7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears? 41:8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more. 41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? 41:10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me? 41:11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine. 41:12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion. 41:13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle? 41:14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about. 41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. 41:16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. 41:17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered. 41:18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. 41:19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. 41:20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. 41:22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him. 41:23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved. 41:24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone. 41:25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves. 41:26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. 41:27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. 41:28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. 41:29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear. 41:30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire. 41:31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. 41:32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. 41:33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. 41:34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride." ----------------------- Can 'the devil', 'Satan', 'the serpent' and 'the dragon' all be the exact same person/being? ------------------------ Now we can look at 'demons'. Beelzebul is supposedly the prince of demons. But Beelzebul could be nothing more than a man made idea and name given to those who worshiped 'baal' in places such as Zidon. The worship of baal, in Israel, only began after the the Israelites defected North because of the 'hard burdens' that the son of Solomon, Rehoboam, was going to impose. It was only with Jeroboam that the introduction of 'pagan' worships were allowed into Israel.. And if they were complaining to Rehoboam about the 'hard working conditions' that Solomon left behind, then Rehoboam was saying that the work in people's lives would become 'harder'. In a way, the people even defected against King Solomon's daily expectations for the people of Israel.. God made Solomon the wisest person which ever lived and God made Solomon King over Israel. King Solomon's Reign was filled with luxury and peace was throughout the entire land during his reign. God made him the wisest man and yet still the people may have been murmuring against the work load. And when Rehoboam said that he was going to add to the work load, maybe because the people were grumbling of their daily tasks/work, etc..., that Jeroboam and his 'followers' went North... And from there they set up the calf of Samaria.. ------------------------ Babylon and the ways of Babylon, the prostitute of Babylon, etc... all occurred much AFTER King David, King Solomon, King Rehoboam, ....... Israel was taken captive into Babylon during the reign of King Zedekiah, one of the very last kings of Judah... ---------------------- http://nathanrichardson.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/OT-kings-of-Judah-and-Israel.png -------------------------------------------------- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_captivity Jeconiah's successor Zedekiah and others were exiled in Nebuchadnezzar's eighteenth year; a later deportation occurred in Nebuchadnezzar's twenty-third year. The dates, numbers of deportations, and numbers of deportees given in the biblical accounts vary.[2] These deportations are dated to 597 BCE for the first, with others dated at 587/586 BCE, and 582/581 BCE respectively. ---------------------------------
  • So, the 'story' of life and the earth may NOT be a fight between The Good and the Evil.. But it is probably more the story of 'man and his defiance/obedience to God'. The key goal for any Christian person to live is to live in a manner worthy of God's calling to God. With honor, respect, bravery, courage, humility, love, understanding, caring and all the other 'good qualities' towards other persons, including family, friends, neighbors, strangers, and to God...... (of course, we cannot leave out 'enemies' in this life). All the while, having the full armour of God on, so that we may 'resist' the ways of those things which lead to death... The adulteress' ways are paths we should avoid.. No man should take the wife of another man just because the husband is unaware of his wife's doings...

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