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Evil is the desire to do something that is morally wrong, and often hurtful. Evil is generally considered to be the opposite of good, and Satan is considered to be the embodiment of evil.

According to the book of Genesis in the Bible, evil entered the world when the serpent tricked Adam and Eve into eating the fruit from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.[1] This event is known as the Fall, and is responsible for the suffering and imperfect nature of the world. (Some people do not take the story literally, and some see the Genesis story as an allegory or metaphor, possibly for a fall taking place at a spiritual level.)

Among the atheist community, there is liberal denial that evil exists. Many atheists have no universal moral law, and some insist that good and evil are seen as just personal opinions, varying from day to day (see moral relativism).

Christianity does not leave this ambiguity.


  • "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke
  • "Evil wins when good men choose to do nothing" - Anonymous
  • "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." -- Winston Churchill

See also


  1. Genesis 3:6-7
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