Originally Posted by ampaterry
You really have that one wrong.
LOTS of people very much like the idea of adultry and lust. Many enjoy drooling over things they do not own. The love of money is widespread. When wronged, most of us feel the pleasant heat of rage rise up within us as our id tells us to seek REVENGE. Some cases are bad enough that folks entertain the pleasant thought of ending the life of the perpetrator. Almost everyone has, at some time or other, thought how pleasant it would be to tell their parents to go jump in the lake.
ALL of these are evil, but they are certainly not unpleasant to the natural man! Things like this which we ENJOY are often the very things that God has called evil.
And yes, it was God not man that did this.
I don't think that's what he meant, Terry. I think he was looking at it from a more philosophical perspective.
For instance, if the angel had not intervened and had allowed Abraham to kill Isaac, Abraham's doing so have been evil? We would typically call a father killing his son murder, a heinous crime. But because God told him to do it, this time it would have been sin for Abraham not
to do it.
I think the point of what User was saying was that "good" itself is the nature of God, and "evil" is the contrary. When people talk about "evil in the world," they want to know why children sometimes die or why cancer exists. Through our limited perspective, these things always seem bad (especially
to people who are mislead that this life is all there is). But that's a misunderstanding.
We know that just because something feels good doesn't mean it is good, but it's also important to note that just because something feels evil doesn't necessarily mean it is.