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What is the Jewish view on evil?

  

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Rabbi Eliezer G: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today?


try2Bgood: What is the Jewish view of evil


Rabbi Eliezer G: When G-d created the world he emitted spiritual energies; we call them forces


Rabbi Eliezer G: some of these forces were assigned by G-d to the domain of goodness, and other forces were assigned to evil


Rabbi Eliezer G: this is to say that there is a spiritual force that originates with G-d that entices man to evil


Rabbi Eliezer G: the force itself is performing its duty, but the evil that it advocates is forbidden to us


Rabbi Eliezer G: now you may ask, if its forbidden, why does G-d send these forces to entice us?


Rabbi Eliezer G: because he wants us to have the opportunity to say no


Rabbi Eliezer G: without such opportunites - without the option to do evil - free choice is meaningless


Rabbi Eliezer G: when we have the opportunity to do evil, but instead opt to do good, then we have achieved something and deserve a reward


try2Bgood: so essentially evil only exists in a potential form, and man creates ACTUAL evil?


Rabbi Eliezer G: that is one of saying it, but I am not sure if you mean it the way I do


try2Bgood: in other words G-d only creates an inclination for evil. Actual evil is created by man


try2Bgood: for example, the concept of murder is implanted in Hitler by G-d, but Hitler makes himself a murderer


Rabbi Eliezer G: I like the way you put it about Hitler


Rabbi Eliezer G: it is important to note that G-d did not only create the inclination and temptation for evil


Rabbi Eliezer G: he also created evil


try2Bgood: how so?


Rabbi Eliezer G: if it had not been created by G-d man could not have made it


Rabbi Eliezer G: that it is possible to kill another human, that it is possible to rape another, that it is possible to blaspheme


Rabbi Eliezer G: the possibility was also created by G-d


Rabbi Eliezer G: I know it is not somethign we thnk about much


Rabbi Eliezer G: we take these possibilities - our choices - for granted, but they were created


Rabbi Eliezer G: for example it is not possible for us fly - even if we wanted to


Rabbi Eliezer G: but it is possible for planes to fly


Rabbi Eliezer G: when G-d created the laws of nature he also created the laws of flight


Rabbi Eliezer G: when Orville and Wilbur Wright discovered these laws of nature they had discovered somethign G-d had created many years earlier


try2Bgood: very interesting


try2Bgood: and what about things like hunger, earthquakes, children dying as a result of drunk drivers?


Rabbi Eliezer G: what about natural disasters?


try2Bgood: are those evil? does G-d create those?


Rabbi Eliezer G: lets separate drunk drivers which is a choice of man (no different from Hitler's choice to kill), and earthquakes which is a natural phenomenon


try2Bgood: fair enough


Rabbi Eliezer G: the earthquake is orchestrated by G-d


Rabbi Eliezer G: and here is the clincher: we believe two contrary things


Rabbi Eliezer G: A - everything comes from G-d - nothing happens on its own


Rabbi Eliezer G: B - nothing that comes from G-d is evil


Rabbi Eliezer G: if A and B are true, it leads to the next conclusion:


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