Religion denies that evil is a force or power or energy. The only power it says is good or neutral and evil is just the misuse of these things. So evil is like 2 and 2 being 4, it is not real the way the brick is real. Religion argues that God alone makes all things and God is good. This scheme places the blame and origin of harm and suffering in creatures having free will and misdirecting it.  So evil apart from free agents does not exist.  It is those agents who are the problem.

Working against what is seen to be bad and intensely disliking it are two different things.  If something is evil then you respond both ways.

It is obvious that you should take that attitude towards the plague, a natural event, but to direct it towards people only means you are being a hypocrite.  It should not matter how harm happens, it should be detested and opposed.  Religious opposition to evil is rife with lies.

It says evil is only in people and then it pretends that it hates nobody.

It waters down the harm done by nature to pick on the harm done by people so it is about control rather than love and justice.

It pretends to be okay with trying to understand why somebody did evil but if evil is malicious and inexcusable there is no room for understanding.

All you have left is the demonisation of the person classed as evil.


Trying to turn evil into a non-thing divorces evil from your experience. You are called a liar if you experience evil.

Evil must be a real experience for you can experience a lack (as you can a real evil). Evil then is real in that sense. An experience is real in its own way just like a brick is. If there is a God then God creates the experience!

To call evil a mere absence of good is an insult.

Experience shows why we NEED to and UNAVOIDABLY need to see human evil as pure evil. How many we choose to see that way and why differs with each individual.

If you can have a pure evil experience you can be pure evil as a person for you can use an experience to make and define you. It explains why some people who experience an evil become it.


Some might say certain people are pure evil. Pure evil people if you want to count the likes of Hitler as one of these hold that to be true of others not themselves!

Some say that pure evil people are a fiction. If so then evil can only be a separate force from any agent. In that view no person is pure evil and evil is always an attempt to do good in the wrong way. The idea is that a well meaning person is trying to do good but with evil and does not even see it.
The Christian view  [with typical confusion] sees evil as involving a mistake - you aim at good the wrong way and end up pushing it away. In this view, evil is only a lack of a good that should be there and is not you wielding evil as in a power to do harm. This view denies evil is a power. This is the essential argument for saying evil people are not all bad or pure evil. It does not work so why should we believe those who use it to argue they don't believe in pure evil people?

We will overlook how the Church calls evil a mistake and then contradicts itself as if it is something darker than that. Believers in God talk as if they regard evil as a defect or flaw but that is talk for they treat evil as a thing and a reality. We may all tend to treat evil as a flaw but religion with its God makes it worse.

Why is the kindly doctor who murders after saving millions of lives going to be defined by his crime as if he is pure evil? Because people feel compelled to demonise him. The only way they can wish his evil out of existence is by seeing that he is the problem. They hate him.

It is odd to say that acts can be truly evil and vile and amount to being evil powers and people cannot. It smacks of hypocrisy for surely the whole point is not so much the action but the person that devises and implements the action. No matter what evil is, it cannot be seen as something that accompanies the person as if there was no connection.

People will not admit if they see people as pure evil for that is clearly a demand that the persons be destroyed and hated and dehumanised. People do not see the plague as pure evil but are tempted to see some people as pure evil. Why is it always people? Because they want it to be.
With that attitude you do not really care about what pure evil is but what you want it to be. That says something terrible about you!

Pure evil if it is a force will still try to look good if it can to get more recruits and power so the person might be using pure evil to do good with it.

If we mistake evil for good that does not mean there is no pure evil and that it is not behind our mistake.


Surely if there are acts of pure evil there are acts of pure goodness too? Surely if there are acts of pure goodness there are acts of pure evil too? Nearly all people would answer yes. It does not matter if they are right. The point is they do believe in pure evil people and are thinking of people when they think of pure evil.


What about, "If evil really exists then it is a power that a person taps into but the person avoids being evil herself or himself. She or he does evil but is not evil. The person uses evil or is forced or manipulated by evil"?

But that is not necessarily the case. Pure evil does not mean that everybody who engages with it and absorbs it is a victim. It can be their fault. The person can be the evil. Surely pure evil if it knows what it is doing will want to absorb the person? And what if there is no pure evil except what is in persons?

Anyway, what should you assume then? You cannot know if the sadistic murderer is being controlled by evil helplessly or willing to cooperate with it.

A pure evil person will pretend that the pure evil is controlling them and they are the victim. Maybe that is what those who say we must love sinners and hate sins hope we will or would think.

So you assume the person is really being evil.

But what if the evil is the problem as in it does not matter if it is in the person or not? Then what matters is that it is there. The person must be classed as evil for the person will not want to be seen as being the evil. To be responsible and sensible, you cannot risk them trying to fool you.

If evil is like a force and power you are evil even if you unwillingly or unknowingly are its tool. The rotten fruit has to be thrown out though it is not its fault it got rotten.

The pure evil in you is one thing but if you consent to it that is another pure evil so that gives two!


You commit an evil act. You are an “intender” – it is what being a person is all about. So if you use your intention to invite pure evil you become pure evil and so should be hated. You are worse than the evil for you are giving it the intelligence it does not have. You make its power active.

If evil is real it can infest a person and make them do harmful things with or without their intending.

To become deliberately evil you must invite the power in and join in union with it. That is where intention comes in.

God allegedly made all things for love so evil is blamed on the good gift he gave us of free will. The idea is that people "made" evil not God.

Perhaps the only real evil power is only made by and in persons? Maybe it is even one person only and that person is God?

Maybe we should assume that the only pure evil is the creator or God? That way we have some hope of seeing evil people as redeemable and direct the blame at God.

Let us think of people being pure evil and only people.

If a person cannot be evil but everything else can be then this denies free will can be blamed for evil.

And persons being exempt would imply wishful thinking. If evil power exists in nature then it can exist in people.

If we embrace evil and evil is real then that is straightforward.

Take the view that evil is a falling short and not a thing or power. That means that when we do evil we try to make it real.

In either case what we do is not so much bad as what we are. It is about us as shown by what we do - not what we do. In a sense and in the only sense that counts, we make it real by becoming it. Our good side does not undermine the bad. It is what makes you bad for you can do better.
If evil is a lack of good the fact remains that you become something evil when you are evil. The lack bit does not even matter then!

We can intend evil to be real even if it cannot be for intentions do not have to match reality. If you hope your curse against another starts acting like magic to kill that person you are still trying to make real evil. You can intend to kick the door down though you know you cannot. You can kick it anyway.

We reinforce the attempt to be evil by saying it is God who condemns the evil. It is not bad enough by itself so we add to it by saying it insults and mocks such a good God. Anyway, trying to make evil real makes you try to turn an evil that is necessarily unreal into one that is real. It makes you bad. It makes you worse than any evil such as death or suffering for they are unreal and you are trying to make a real one. It follows that the least sin is worse than everybody on earth dying in agony.

Such doctrines turn morality into a necessary evil to be cursed not a celebratory thing! Those who adore God as a sign or "embodiment" of morality are doing wrong.

If pure evil is not the goal the fact remains that if it were, you would be going to it so hypothetically you are still aiming for pure evil. This would suggest that evil intention though not pure evil is an attempt at it. There is no meaningful difference. If intention is what matters then a person should be treated as pure evil when they are trying to be. This legitimises hate.


If evil is real then what is bad about thinking it is not real? What if you can do nothing about it at all apart from avoiding it? But pure evil should be able to get to you. There is no point in evil being evil if it cannot intrude and force.

You end up if you meet a truly evil person that you don't know if evil is controlling them or they are controlling it. You cannot judge without becoming evil yourself! If you say they are victims then you are letting them be pure evil and excusing them. If you say they are pure evil you demonise them. Morality cannot then be recommended or regulated.

You cannot win!

Evil if it is a power should have the power to infect you just by you seeing or hearing or perceiving it. It does spread like contagion.

If so, then the best friend evil ever had was the Church and other religions obsessed with evil.


If evil is a power what matters is that you are trying to serve evil and what evil is matters not how much power it has.

Even those who say they regard evil as a falling short of good and not a real thing say that the principle of being pro-evil matters not the type of evil or the amount.

Opening the chink to let the Pandora box of evil in is as bad as opening the floodgates.

Pure evil does not mean something has to be as bad as you can imagine. It only means it will be as bad as it can be and wishes it could be more destructive and would be if it could. It it is not as bad it would be if it could. Praising it in the sense, "At least he murdered one not two" is evil for it ignores the evil that it would do.

If a force is only able to become evil to a degree it is still pure evil though there are bigger evils. Evil is evil in quality and quantity. A weak evil force can still be 100% evil in quality. Evil is a lie and involves lies so it stands to reason that pure evil needs to be a lie and hide its true nature.
If evil is just evil then is there any point in trying to quantify it? For example, is the person stealing a bar of chocolate as bad as the person who robs a bank and kills the workers? Yes for a murder committed with gentleness is as bad as an ugly one. You are only gentle for you don't have the stomach to do it the other way. It's still NOT about the other person.

Believers talk as if they regard evil as a defect or flaw but that is talk for they treat evil as a thing and a reality. It is odd to say that acts can be truly evil and vile and amount to being evil powers and people cannot. It smacks of hypocrisy for surely the whole point is not so much the action but the person that devises and implements the action. No matter what evil is, it cannot be seen as something that accompanies the person as if there was no connection. If evil is a power and if we create it then it follows that you are pure evil whether you steal apples or whether you are genocidal. It is about what evil is not what it does. It is about what evil is not how much damage that comes.

If evil is a real pure thing then something is evil in itself. That something then has no shades. It is just bad and vile and hateful. A person is a thing in a way so pure evil persons can exist. If it is a person then that person is not to be loved but to be violently destroyed and the grave to be danced on.


If pure evil is real then we can resent and hate earthquakes like we do evil people. Religion tries to make out plagues etc are not really evil but acts of nature or God. God is not doing them out of a desire to hurt so they are not evil. This is evil if x hits a child you condemn it outright by how it looks. It does not matter what reasons there are.


John commits evil. He either commits it as real or as in a refusal to do better (lack).
In either case, you consider the evil intention of the person, the evil nature of the act and the evil consequences that flow from the act.

So whatever evil is with John, it involves evilly intending to do evil.

It involves doing something that is bad in itself but also has evil results. He is responsible for the bad results even though he did not foresee them for he should not have been evil or doing evil or whatever in the first place!

Imagine John will give you medicine thinking it will make you sicker. This "good" act is done maliciously. Even if John is wrong to think it will sicken you and you get better it is still evil. It is evil for what he is trying to do with it. It will still manage to have evil results as in what it makes him. And one result is he is still a threat to you.

Pure evil may have the power to reproduce itself and grow. Nobody should think it need be a static unchanging thing. Maybe evil gives people the power to expand evil and maybe take good and convert it into evil? If a person is pure evil the person can help the evil grow! So it will grow itself and if somebody helps that is even better for it!

Pure evil as in power can be the cause of the bad consequences not John though John did the evil. Pure evil is a force. John can be pure evil and another pure evil can be doling out more evil.
If you still wish to hold John responsible for the results then that virtually demands hate for immoral people. Fear drives hate.

If you wish to blame pure evil then you have successfully refuted the idea of personal responsibility as a useful concept.


Religion and God make a confusing mess of evil. It's a mass of contradiction. We are asked to see evil as a mere absence of good which contradicts our experience and how evil does act like a power. This has terrible consequences for how we think of bad people. One is that you don't have anything to understand when an evil is just evil.

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