Does Evil Exist?
There is an Absolute Good
but there cannot be any absolute evil. Evil being a form of
ignorance and limitation can never be absolute, though it can be a
powerful force in this realm of the ignorance. All souls are
inherently good and can only temporarily become evil owing to
ignorance. This evil consists in doing actions which harm other
creatures and thereby also harm oneself.
Various negative forces
exist in the universe which could be called, in some sense, evil.
Just as there are toxins and pollutants in the physical environment,
which can be called bad, so there are negative forces in our psychic
and mental environment. Wrong actions create a negative force, which
like mob action, can appear almost demonic. Yet however strong evil
appears it can never win in the realm of Truth and Eternity. Only in
the outer realm of appearances can evil appear to have any real
power. Inwardly in consciousness it does not really exist.