Most folk I know view tragic suffering as evil. But is it?
I think most Bible beleivers consider moral transgression as evil. Although many others don’t (consider Situation Ethics’ / Relativism’s / Pluralism’s denial of a universal morality).
Starting from a biblical basis of morality and ethics, we understand that, being made in the image of God, everyone has an inherent right to be treated with dignity and respect. Such a basis increases our sensitivity to calamities and difficulties of life. When people hurt, we tend to view it as a bad thing. Unless we follow the Community Organizer’s Bible, Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:
“RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective.)” Continue reading “Suffering and evil”