3. St. Augustine’s viewpoint on God becomes a little perplexed. He believes that God is not the cause of evil, but will inflict evil on those that are wicked. To him, evil is only caused by humans and fallen angels. There is no such thing as evil itself and in a paradox, we do not learn it. It is caused when we see a temporal good. This can be the act of humans running towards something that is evil but is disguised as good. Evil uses our good nature and being and then violates the good of our nature. When we choose to go for something that is a good time, not a long time, we become unfree. When we freely become unfree, we willingly choose evil. Once you choose this path, the path of nothingness is upon you. Refer to this as a spiral, like a gateway drug. Inordinate desire can be looked at as sin. Choosing the lesser/temporal good over and against the higher/eternal/guiding good. This refers to good that fades into nothingness and good that once gained will not be lost in its eternity. It reflects the image of spiritual fallness, the bad
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