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The Prevalence of Evil

If you were asked to define “evil”, what would you state is the definition?  If you were asked to name a person (either living or dead) that was evil, whose name would you give?  If a close friend that was willfully obstinate about hearing the Gospel or trusting in Jesus were referred to “as an evil person”, how would you respond?

If you were to check a dictionary for the meaning of the word “evil”, you would find these words among those used to seek to clarify what “evil” is:  morally reprehensible, sinful, wicked, bad, dangerous, immoral, detrimental, bad character or conduct, harmful, iniquitous, sinful, wrong.

Scripture often speaks against evil….

1 Samuel 15:23For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.  2 Chronicles 29:6Our parents were unfaithful; they did evil in the eyes of the LORD our God and forsook him. They turned their faces away from the LORD’s dwelling place and turned their backs on him.   Isaiah 5:20Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.  Isaiah 32:6For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the LORD; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water.   Job 4:8As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.   Proverbs 8:13To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.  Romans 12:21Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.  Proverbs 6:16-19There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Evil is in the heart of every person.  We live in a battle against it daily.  When we see despicable deeds in others, we feel “better” that we are not as bad as they are. There are and have been desperately wicked people always.  In recent history, one of those men who was an evil dictator was Saddam Hussein.  Here is just a brief list of heinous deeds done when he ruled in Iraq.

Saddam Hussein was dictator of Iraq from 1979 to 2003. During that time, about 2 million people died as a result of his actions. He authorized many attacks on people like the chemical attack on Kurdish village of Halabja, which killed 5,000 people. Saddam’s 1987-1988 campaign of terror against the Kurds killed 50,000 to 100,000. An Amnesty International report said, “victims of torture in Iraq are subjected to a wide range of forms of torture, including the gouging out of eyes, severe beatings, and electric shocks… some victims have died as a result and many have been left with permanent physical and psychological damage.” Saddam also had approximately 40 of his own relatives murdered. He executed over 400,000 Iraqis. Many of them were tortured to death and filmed so he could watch them at his house. In 2006, Saddam was hanged after being found guilty for being convinced of crimes against humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal.    Evil people abound and they’re not all murderers, but they do plot various forms of evil. God help us. God save us. God save us from our own evil hearts.  (Copied).