How Is Used Evil In Christianity?

Evil is a very important concept in most religions, with Christianity being a prime example of how evil is used in religion. When someone says evil in reference to Christianity, we normally think of Hell and or Satan. Satan embodies evil along with temptation and sin in Christianity. Hell is Satan’s domain where all the sinners go after they have died. Both Satan and Hell, in pop-culture, history, and literature are viewed as pure evil. Almost everyone knows that if you sin, (at least by the church’s standards) you are going to hell and may in fact meet Satan or one of his minions. Now that we have established that Satan, Hell, and evil are all interconnected and are very prominent in the bible, why would such evil ideas be in a book and religion that is trying to teach humility, charity, peace, and virtue? The idea of Satan and Hell and the evil they represent are used in the church as a consequence for going against what the church deems acceptable. For example, non-believers, along with sinners and others will go to hell and spend the rest of eternity being tortured by some malignant beast lurking in the depths of the lake of fire. By preaching that if you sin, you are going to hell , the church and it’s hierarchy are pushing it’s followers away from temptation and sin. The church uses Satan, Hell, and the evil that they represent as a tool of sorts to put leverage on it’s followers to tend to stay away from temptation and sin, acting as a counterbalance to the  righteousness, and pureness that God and Heaven represent. It’s a spectrum of sorts with Satan on the evil pole, and God on the virtuous side, and how you act decides where you end up going after you die.

“your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”~ 1 Peter 5:8

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  1. A little over-simplified, but you have the major players represented appropriately in relation to each other. When we read Paradise Lost, you may have a different opinion!
    BTW: it’s=it is…that is not a mistake you should be making!
    The illustration is by Gustave Dore…and he has some excellent etchings for this poem.
    Informational post: synthesizes learned content and constructs new meaning; well organized & written in an interesting style and voice;
    sentence fluency is smooth and naturally expressive
    all words spelled correctly; BIG grammar error; formatting makes the post more interesting and easier to read
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