The definition of evil is: profoundly immoral and wicked. Synonyms: Wicked, bad, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, immoral, sinful, ungodly, unholy, foul, vile, base, ignoble, dishonorable, corrupt, iniquitous, depraved, degenerate, villainous, nefarious, sinister, vicious, malicious, malevolent, demonic, devilish, diabolic, diabolical, fiendish, dark, black-hearted...it goes on.
If you stop at "bad," I think you will agree that every person on the planet has done something bad. It doesn't matter what it is, or whom we think it doesn't hurt. All wrongdoing is, by definition, wrong. If the definition of "evil" is "wrong," "bad," or "wrongdoing," then by definition, we are all evil because none of us are perfect.
Jesus says the same thing to Peter, What father would give his son a stone when he asks for bread, or a snake when he asks for fish? If you who are EVIL are capable of giving a good gift, what more is your Father in heaven, who is good, able to give?
Right here, Jesus calls us evil. Not "evil" like we think of evil today, like Hitler, or mass murderers, or child molesters, but just people who do bad things. And we all do bad things. Think of the things you've done in private that you would not want anyone to know about, ever. Would YOU qualify them as evil deeds? If not, why don't you want anyone to know about it?
God points out to us, gently, that we are not good people. We are not "good" because we all do bad. God says, No man is righteous; no, not one. He says, All men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. He says, Their lips pay Me service, but their hearts are far from Me.
We like to believe that, in our hearts, we are good people. What does God say about the heart? The heart is DECEITFUL above all things, and DESPERATELY WICKED. Our hearts will deceive us into believing that we are good people, even when we're not; that the things we do don't matter. But we all know that's not true.
A man asked Jesus, What is the most important of the Ten Commandments? Jesus answered, To love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. The second is like it, to love your neighbor as yourself. How do we do this?
And God spoke all these words:
You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them...
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
These Ten Commandments tell us A, how to love God with all our hearts, and B, how to love our neighbor as ourselves. If we have broken one, we have not loved, and we have done wrong.
People often ask the question: If God is so good, why does He not destroy evil. If God destroyed evil, He would have to destroy us too. Starting with me.