Good, and evil.

So for this edition of Monday Musings, I’m going to publicly answer one of the questions from the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind.

I took the time today to finish those questions, since I started them awhile ago.  I’m waiting for code to run, and have nothing else to do until it finishes, so I buckled down and finished it.  Yay!  Another thing off the list.

You might end up seeing a few of the questions as a few Monday Musings, since some of them actually really made me think.  Since I finished this, I’ll take a second to write about my experience with answering them. 

Over all, I don’t feel that my mind was freed – I kind of assumed that they would take me deep into the crevices of my past, make me cry, scream and laugh at everything and take a weight off my shoulders.  That didn’t happen.  However, they did make me think about somethings and wonder how I can change myself to feel more confident in my answers, should I have to do this again for something.  One of the questions which really made me think is my first musing: Is is possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil? 

My first thought was yes, definitely.  I was raised Christian, and as you can tell from my list, I’m really trying to get back to the basics of my beliefs.  As a Christian, you’re taught that there are the 10 Commandments that we all should follow.  Those basically are the guidelines for what is good and evil.  Loving others – good.  Killing others – evil.  Stealing – evil.  The list goes on and on.  I want to be confident in my answer in saying that it’s possible to know without a doubt that there are things good and evil and the line is distinct.  But unfortunately, I can’t say that.

There are some people you come across that are just out for themselves, inherently evil.  Unfortunately, you can’t really tell right away.  Eventually, you start to question their motives, that doubt creeps in, and you find out in due time of course how they really are.  So they may do things for you now, but when you really need them they aren’t there.  It’s all about their personal gain and if they can’t get anything out of a situation, they don’t participate. 

There are also others who hide their cold-heartedness until it’s too late – they’ve gone on a shooting rampage and murdered innocent people.  They may seem like the sweetest person, but they turn out not to be.

There are a lot of other things that some people consider evil (alcohol, dancing, anything physical before marriage, including kissing) where others believe it’s fine in moderation.  But what does this mean?  There’s doubt. 

We’re all given the ability to make decisions and choose what’s good and evil for us.  But even when you think you’ve made a choice, a situation can come along that makes you question your decision.  Only after the situation is over can you really say what’s good and what’s evil.

It’s a touchy subject, but I’d love to hear your opinions on it.

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