Many people today are still mourning the tragic death of almost 130 people in Paris, France – with 352 others wounded, 99 of them critically, by Muslim terrorists. Eighty-nine people were murdered in cold blood by attackers wearing suicide vests and armed with assault rifles; according to some reports, the killers shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (“God is great!”) in the process.
Good, or evil?
Good: morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious: satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree:
a good teacher; good health; of high quality; excellent; right; proper; fit; well-behaved; kind, beneficent, or friendly; honorable or worthy; profit or advantage; excellence or merit; kindness; moral righteousness; virtue.
Evil: morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked; harmful; injurious; misfortune or suffering; unfortunate; disastrous; anger, irritability, irascibility; evil quality, intention, or conduct; the wicked or immoral part of someone or something; harm; mischief; misfortune; causing injury or harm.
In 1971, hundreds of thousands of women were raped during the Bangladesh Liberation War. Pakistani Muslim soldiers publicly and repeatedly gang-raped and tortured Muslim (future Bangladeshi) women. At the time, many of the women killed themselves or, if pregnant, their families killed them in honor killings. Forty years later, those who survived are still traumatized and shamed by what was done to them. Many were humiliated by their relatives, rejected by their husbands.
Good, or evil?
From 1992 on, Islamic paramilitary troops enslaved young Muslim girls in Algeria both sexually and domestically; they just grabbed them off the streets. If they tried to escape, they would be shot dead; the same was true when they became pregnant.
And then there was 2004, in Sudan, a long and ugly war, in which ethnic Arab Muslims engaged in gender cleansing when they publicly and repeatedly gang-raped mainly black African Muslim, Christian and animist women, and Western governments did nothing.
As many of you know, some sects of Islam permit men to buy and marry girls as young as nine years old. Neither is it evil to murder captives taken in a war against unbelievers, as evidenced by facts revealed in news reports regarding ISIS activities in the Middle East.
Good, or evil?
Any of the aforementioned activities would be roundly condemned by 99 percent of those born and raised under the precepts of Western Civilization. This is not an attack on Islam or Muslims; it is merely an extension of my question: How do you ascertain whether a thing is good or evil?
If it is something like spelling or defining a word, a dictionary solves that; if it is traveling, highway signs and speed limits determine that issue; if it’s the right or wrong-size shoe, a try-on solves that.
But suppose it is an issue that deals with what we commonly refer to as “morality.” In the West, we have laws against certain actions – stealing, murder, rape, perjury, breaking and entering – and most of the people reading this would agree that these are wrong. Why? Because they are “against the law”?
But what are those laws based on? Who determines it? Who or what decides the “good” or “evil” of an action? Is everyone free to make their own individual determinations of good and evil? If I think it’s alright to kill someone with whom I disagree, is that OK? If so, why? Based on what? Is it a matter of opinion? Who determines and establishes laws, and what are they based on?
Western Civilization, by any impartial standard of judgment, is a unique experiment. Why? Because in the West in general (and the U.S. in particular), we have extraordinary forms of government that are based on transcendent principles – principles found in the Bible.
The Bible is not a religious book. The transcendent principles found therein are the only thing, when properly observed, that transcend man’s individual interpretation of good and evil, thereby making the way for the remarkable God-ordained liberties experienced by the free world.
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