wicked, immoral, sinful, no hope, destructive. Having bad qualities of a natural kind; mischievous; having qualities which tend to injury, or to produce mischief
According to Webster's New World College Dictionary, the word " evil " is defined as " anything morally bad or wrong ; wickedness, depravity, sin " or as " anything that causes harm, pain, misery, disaster ".
Although the preceding definitions are very simple and precise , perhaps a few examples of how evil manifests itself in people and in situations may provide a better understanding of the meaning of the word.
The most profound example of evil is depicted in Luke 4; 1-13 when the Father of Evil ( the devil ) tries to tempt Jesus , while He is in the wilderness, to go against God's authority and promises. Jesus refuses to fall victim to the evil tricks of the enemy, and betray His Father, but instead uses the Word of God to outsmart the evil one.
This loyalty and trust in God is also displayed in Psalm 5 : 10 when David declares God's intolerance and hatred of the evil doers who are the wicked sinful, liars. and murderers that attempt to destroy others with their evil deeds.
Also, in Hebrews 1 :9., God makes a declaration to Jesus regarding His feelings about evil, He tells Jesus that just as He abhors evil, Jesus will likewise " love justice and hate evil ".
In Proverbs 8 : 13 , Wisdom , which is personified, warns the reader to avoid evil by not engaging in acts of pride, arrogance, corruption, or perverse speech, but instead to fear the Lord and to hate evil.
Although at times it may be difficult to avoid evil because it is so prevalent , a person must remain true to his faith and believe that God will sustain and protect him through all- even evil. In Psalm 140 , David prays to God to rescue and protect him from evil, wicked people and their evil schemes. He cries out to the Lord to render justice to those evil doers with their own evil- to return evil for evil.
God has assured His children that as long as they fear and love Him and His Son, love their brothers, and remain true to His commandments that He will protect them even though evil dwells among them. This is beautifully illustrated in the " Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds " ( Mathew 13 : 24-30 ) in which Jesus explains why the wheat ( believers ) and the weeds ( nonbelievers ) are allowed to grow side by side. The removal of the weeds ( the evil nonbelievers) , might also destroy the newly planted wheat ( the believers ) . To insure the continued growth of the wheat , God( the farmer has permitted them to exist together. This symbiotic arrangement may appear to be detrimental to the wheat, but actually it is strengthening the wheat for the harvest. When God thinks that the wheat is ready , He will remove and destroy the weed, which really helped the wheat to thrive and grow. God will not let the weed overtake and destroy the wheat, but will only use it to ready the wheat.
Therefore , evil may appear to be planted firmly where good is and to even have a greater stronghold. For in this world, good people are often treated as though they are the evil , wicked people and the wicked , evil ones are treated as though they are the good ones. They may appear to be successful, but in reality are only tares who do not fear or love God and in the end will perish and not prosper.
Sinful, foul, wicked, bad, wrong, corrupt, reprobate, vicious, malicious, despicable, horrible, contemptible, dirty
Wickedness, bad thought, wrong. If you add a d in front you will have devil. He is making his round on earth now. There are so many people in this world that think & do so much evil we have to stay prayed up. Daily evil & the devil are destroying our children, love ones & the world, not caring who they hurt, no feeling of regret for what they do. Thats why we as Christan have to put on the whole armor of God & be prepared for anything we may face daily. Evil greets us when we wake & all throughout the day, therefore we should be praying from our waking moments until our sleeptime moments. Thanking him for keeping us in our right mind.
And He Shall Direct Your Paths.
If We Trust In The Lord
Not To Trust Our Own Understanding. Those Two Things Are Mutually Exclusive. In Other Words
Proverbs 3:5-6 Is A Familiar Passage To Many:
To Trust The Lord And
We Cannot Also Depend Upon Our Own Ability To Understand Everything God Is Doing