Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

Patrick H
Gormley


THE EXPERIENCE OF PURE EVIL IS REAL


If evil is just a missing good, a lack? A lack is nothing but real in its effects. Or is evil something darker and real. Lack or real? Does it make any difference?


GOD


The Christian and Islamic doctrine is that God is good and all things come from him. If pure evil exists then God made it or it always existed. Either way, you cannot depend on God and God is not God. He is just a powerful being and we have the right to ignore him if we choose for he is not that special. So the religious claim that there would be nothing without God and God is love would be refuted if pure evil had to have been created by him or existed without him.


CALLOUS


Saying evil is a mere absence is nonsense and too extreme and is hate. Why? For if you are depressed or suffering you really do encounter evil as in force. You are as good as told you are delusional or deliberately fooling yourself.



RELIGION REJECTS PURE EVIL


Those who say that evil is good that is not good enough are not exactly the same as people who say there is no evil and that it is just an illusion.


Some mystical religions such as Christian Science treat and think of evil as a complete fiction. They argue that suffering is not real and you only imagine it is.


But it is obvious that both of them dismiss the experience of evil as real as an illusion. If you say evil is not real but an illusion then the problem is your head not evil. If there is evil or anything close to it, it is yourself. If evil is not real then it is real in your head. I mean its “really real” in your head not just something you wrongly think is real. Nobody makes evil but you. You can only be evil if you go to all that effort to be bad.


Just now let us remind ourselves that those who say that evil is real but a lack of good or good in the wrong place are in fact saying evil is an illusion in a different way. They are as bad as those who admit it out right. What is happening is that believers end up (usually subtly) attacking people in the name of keeping up the lie that evil is not a thing or power so there is no need to ask if God made evil. There is nothing there to make. All that happens is that good is abused. It backfires for it demonises people in the name of faith in God and to make God respectable.