Philosophy does not mask it. Education does not subdue it. Anyone’s pedigree offers little resistance to it. Regardless of claims to the contrary, evil does exist.
The Bible stipulates that there is none righteous, no not one. The corruption of the human character can be accomplished across a multitude of avenues. This observation is often articulated, “But they were such a nice person”.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil
In spite of attempts to domesticate human emotions, desires, and feelings, it is still unpredictable what will drive people to ultimately perform unspeakable cruelties.
Names as Columbine, Sandy Hook, or Virginia Tech still invoke images of manifested evil. The names of people as Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, or Adolph Hitler still resonates disgust; or groups as the KKK, Nazis, or ISIS manufacture shock and dread that are associated with the brutal realities of those bringing evil to shocking practices.
Naturally explanations are offered to rationalize the worst of the worse in human behavior. Some is blamed on ignorance, some is blamed on lack of upbringing and coming from broken homes, some is blamed on abuse receive growing up as a child, or the ever inclusive mental incapacity from substance abuse. Calculated evil is seldom credited for horrific human behavior.http://heaventruth.com/2013/05/09/what-causes-people-to-be-evil/
One can see evil taking place on a daily basis. News programs continually focus on the stories that bring shock, dismay, or horror. There is hardly anything else that drives people to embrace or be repulsed by evil. This “bad boy” image seduces too many in some demented way.
Both modern psychiatry and Bible theology confirm that the evil unleashed from the inner man can be extremely destructive when given the opportunity and ability to express itself. In psychiatry it is called “monsters from the id” while the Bible describes it as “evil”.http://powertochange.com/discover/faith/evilexist/
There are some that claim there is no such thing as evil, however those that are impacted by the actions of the aforementioned would strongly disagree, plus those with common sense. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/concept-evil/
More importantly, the Bible flatly declares human beings are born spiritually dead and have a natural tendency to rebel. Serious consequences result when moral bankruptcy and rebellion walk hand in hand.
The temptation to do wrong can happen from opportunity as many in law enforcement know. One of the most unpredictable calls that most police officers are killed take place with domestic disturbance calls. Add to the call those under the influence of drugs or alcohol and the potential for evil increases exponentially.
Evil behavior can be triggered from various external or internal stimuli. The nebulous temporary insanity has been used as a catch all for outbursts of irrational and violent behavior. The concept of evil is dismissed because we live in a society that is too sophisticated and educated to cling to old fashioned fairy tales. One needs a more clinical explanation for unacceptable behavior.
Unfortunately there are plenty of documented cases where those compelled to act with brutality hear voices driving them to take action. Witnesses describe blank looks, dead-looking eyes, or emotionless expressions when those acting violently are consumed to do evil acts.
There are also those on the other extreme where uncontrollable rage or anger empowers those to act out on their fury. Crimes of passion which also include jealousy, revenge, or rejection can cause unpredictable action that fuels evil.
The Bible declares “vain in their imaginations”, “foolish hearts being darkened”, “lusts of their own hearts”, and “being consumed by vile affections” covers much more territory when rebelling against God’s authority. Through continuous rebellion God gives those over to a reprobate mind where people would be turned over to their own evil desires.
Viable explanations concerning the effects of evil, the cause of evil, and overcoming evil are substantiated by Bible verses which conveys wisdom and common sense approaches to changing the inner man. There is one specific verse in the Bible which declares not to be conformed to this world but be transformed in the renewing of your mind. Repenting by changing the way one thinks is the key to not capitulating to evil.
Solutions are offered in the Bible for dealing with evil and how to take authority over it and to minimize its effect. Spiritual authority determines the extent of how evil can dominate. Only the Bible offers a remedy for making a change to the better.