46.             Difference Between Good and Bad: Life Is Good, Death, Bad

See, I [the LORD God] have set before you today life and good, death and evil.

Deuteronomy 30:15

Too much of the world exists in a morally relative state where the “absolute”* concepts of good and bad have been lost. It is, therefore, crucial to explain that the difference between good and evil is the same difference as that between life and death. What promotes life is good, death, bad. The Bible defines good and evil in this fashion; and, such a definition is, also, commonsensical. Even animals, such as deer, know this difference: deer flee from predators, which, since predators kill deer, are bad from the perspective of the deer. The deer, too, know that life is good—which is why the deer run away so fast. (To the predators, however, killing a deer is good, while a fleeing deer is bad.)

 

* “Absolute” is placed in quotes because, in a relative universe, with all moving in relation to all else, nothing is truly absolute. However, there are, still, de facto absolutes that apply to niches in our universe (humanity being one such niche). Using this perspective, we can call it an absolute principle (or a relatively absolute principle) that, for example, all humans require oxygen to survive.

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