Good and evil revision sheet.
Basically everything you need to know on good and evil! (summarized).
GOD: Trinity (Father, Son (Jesus), Holy Spirit), loving (omni-benevolent), good, forgiving, all-knowing (omniscient), all-powerful (omnipotent), everywhere (omni-present). *Creator and sustainer of life *loves people and gave them free will *punishes but also forgives *born as Jesus to show what God is like and to die for forgiveness of sins *allows the devil his power. God is stronger than Satan and will eventually defeat him.
DEVIL: Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub etc. Lucifer, an angel, rebelled against God and was thrown out of heaven with his angel supporters (demons). Seeks revenge by hurting, manipulating and tempting humans who God loves. Christians see themselves in a battle against Satan and evil. Book of Job suggests that God is in communication with Satan and allows him to cause suffering. Some see him as the serpent in the story of Adam and Eve (The Fall).
MORAL (human) and NATURAL EVIL: NATURAL – suffering caused elements in nature beyond human control e.g. tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes. MORAL – suffering caused by human actions and decisions e.g., war, crime, racism, violence. Some natural evils can be made worse or better by human behaviour.
FREE WILL: God-given. Humans choose between right and wrong, obeying or disobeying God (like Adam and Eve). Making moral choices makes humans different to other creatures. Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil represents free will. Evil has to be present in the world in order for humans to choose goodness (The Free Will Defence).
THE FALL: Story of Adam and Eve in Garden of Eden. They disobey God when they give in to temptation by the serpent (Devil) to eat the fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Thrown out of the garden into a world with suffering in it. They will struggle to survive and not live forever. Seen by many as a symbolic picture of how all humans reject…