#698…sci, RELIG, etc: “What, then, is Evil according to the Bible?”


In the O.T. there are the 10 Commandments. Not obeying them is considered evil.


In the N.T., Paul makes a list.


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  In chapter 1 of Romans, Paul calls many things evil–evil first of all in the sight of God. In some cases, they sound like generalities. In other cases, I’d call them items listed in “middle-level detail.” Adults are assumed to be able to figure out for themselves how this applies to them. Here’s a grocery list (from the NASB) of what Paul considers “the wrath of God” [is] “against” and considers “ungodliness and “unrighteousness”:

(1)  unrighteousness of men

(2)  men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness

(3)  knowing God, but not honoring God

(4)  not giving thanks to God

(5)  being futile in speculations

(6)  professing to be wise (presumably about the wrong things)

(7)  exchanging the glory of the incorruptible God for images of men, birds, four-footed animals, and crawling things

(8)  exchanging the truth of God for a lie

(9)  worshiping the creature rather than the Creator

(10)  women exchanging “the natural function for that which is unnatural.”

(11)  men “in the same way [abandoning] the natural function of the woman and burning in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”

(12)  “doing things which are not proper”

(13)  “being filled with unrighteousness”

(14)  being greedy

(15)  being “evil”

(16)  being envious

(17)  committing murder

(18)  causing strife,

(19)  being deceitful

(20)  being malicious

(21)  gossiping

(22)  being slanderous

(23)  hating God

(24)  being insolent

(25)  being arrogant

(26)  being boastful

(27)  inventing evil

(28)  being disobedient to parents

(29)  not having understanding

(30)  being untrustworthy

(31)  being unloving

(32)  being unmerciful

(33)  “practicing such things worthy of death”

(34)  giving “hearty approval to those who” practice such things

Author: John Knapp