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Some have tried to solve the Problem of Evil by explaining that good and evil co-exist as two natural parts of the universe and life. They believe that there must be a dualism between good and evil in the same way as between yin and yang (male and female, night and day, etc.).

However, it would be wrong to assume that good and evil are two natural parts of the universe and life. Good and evil do not complement each other as yin and yang do. The two parts of yin and yang that we find universally in nature, e.g. proton/electron, cation/anion, male/female, attract each other, complement each other and form harmonious and constructive relationships. God‘s creation is based on harmonious relationships between the components within each being. An atom exists for example due to the constructive relationship between proton and electron.

Good and evil do not complement each other. They do not create a harmonious whole. They exist in conflict with each other. They repel each other and try to destroy each other. Such conflict-filled relationships are not part of the order, harmony and unity of creation. Therefore, the conclusion is that good and evil do not represent a dualism that is a natural part of what God has created. Evil is not something natural.

Text: Knut Holdhus

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