You can choose any group of human beings and, focusing only on selected actions, you can make them out to be evil. This is because let’s face it, human beings sometimes do evil things. Throughout my life time I have witnessed a constant demonization of Christians. Christians are charlatans, destroy native cultures, control their people through fear, etc, etc.
You could do the same thing with Hindus-did you know a rigid caste system is built into their religion? Then list examples of the sufferings of individual Untouchables under that system. Those devilish Hindus. If only Hinduism could be wiped off the face of the earth. How about Buddhism? Did you know the cuddly Dalai Llama was an absolute dictator, a theocrat who approved cutting off of body parts as punishment? Did you know the Tibetan Buddhist clergy lived well while the general population lived in grinding poverty?
Aha! “It’s religion,” say the atheists. “We have found the one thing that causes all the misery in the world and if only we wipe religion off the face of the earth, we will live rationally in peace and harmony, etc etc.” How inconvenient that Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot were atheists. How inconvenient that the population of the blindingly brutal Roman Empire were pagans and the leaders of the Roman Empire did not even believe as much as the general population.
The Roman Senator Seneca (4BC-65AD) probably summed up the true position of political leaders, still in force down to our day:
“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”
No doubt Seneca considered himself as a wise ruler, that is, an atheist and manipulator of popular beliefs.
Here you get a hint of what is truly evil: using people’s beliefs to obtain and retain domination over them. Now you are getting closer to a thing that, if wiped off the face of the earth, really would make the world a better place. Call it Powerlust and then call it out wherever it crops up, for it will crop up in any group of human beings you care to designate.
Pictured above and below is a Christian who has been quietly working with poor children in our area for thirteen years. She gets no money for this and I know many unsung Christians doing good like she does. She meets with the kids weekly for Bible stories and art, cooking, reading and drama projects. She takes a group to summer camp every year and takes the kids who volunteer to the beach as a treat. We are only a few hours from the Atlantic ocean, but until Mary takes the kids, most have never seen the ocean.
You’ve never heard of Mary. Her faithful labor of love will never make prime time TV. Richard Dawkins will, ginned-up contests between science and religion will, Bill Maher’s cheap shots at religion will. But I know Mary is much more representative of Christianity than the “Christian” Powerlust Princes who crop up now and then.