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Duality In Religion

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In this world the presence of duality has been implemented since the beginning of time. Many religions around the world have taken the polar opposites of good and evil and have made them the foundation for what religion really is. There is a necessity for the presence of good and evil in which the existence of one would not be complete without the other. Repetitively there have been cases in history that exemplify the heroes and the villains. Being a human involves having the tendency to deviate from good to evil and in that transition the experience of evil is needed to realize what is evil and good. Furthermore, Jung expresses that there is an evil inside all humans that makes them prone to a ego shadow effect. Even though the exploration…show more content…
In a literature review by Burris and Rempel (2012) they suggested that evil in religions all around the world is surrounded by selfishness, the destruction of well being and impersonality. The researchers in the literature review suggested that in the perspective of Christianity, the concept of evil is seen as an act done to cause an inappropriate suffering. Researchers found that a great example of evil in Christianity is the crucifixion of Jesus was an act to end the well-being of Jesus. Judaism’s has the perspective that there is a dark side to everyone that is similar to the idea of Jung’s shadow, in which there is a part in all humans that is attracted to evil, the yetzer ra. In Islam the nature of evil can be understood within the relationship between adl (having done something in a traditional way) and zulm (having done something in an unorthodox way). Straying away from adl and following zulm leads to an evil hedonism lifestyle. Vajiragnana in Buddism is the form of evil that is characterized by greed, hatred and delusion. The practice of vajiragnana can lead to disruption in the perception of reality for a person. In opposition to Buddism, it is believed that in Hinduism that there is no evil but that D’sa might be related to evil in which deviation from wholeness causes a perception that is isolated. The explorations that Burris and Rempel (2012) took in all major religions across the world had shown that they all had different perspectives of evil, but that all had the same theme, deviation. The deviation from purity to impurity in religion shows how it is more common in life to innately start as a good person to an evil
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