Is there ever such a thing as a “bad” person?


I was raised in thinking that only Christian people are good people, and all bad would go to hell. But, as I got older I learned that everyone has their own perspective of what is bad and what is good. So, it kinda is unsettling everything for me, because I hate judging people.

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There are no bad people, only temporary bad decisions.
From what I've learned about different cultures through travelling and uni, the notions of 'bad' and 'good' and even the whole concept of morality are really REALLY fuzzy. Morality is very much subject to culture and environment and it is oversimplifying to boil every action, feeling, thought, value, idea down to two simple categories or 'good' or 'bad'. I think it's best to do what YOU feel is right, regardless of the what the outside world thinks. As long as you're comfortable. For what it's worth, I don't believe in such a thing as a 'good' or 'bad' person.
Religion is one of the leading causes of discrimination and does more judging than it does creating a moral code of right and wrong. No one religion can be a catch all for everyone. No child comes into the world believing a religion it is indoctrinated into them. Hate is the same way. It is no wonder that as they get older they learn they have their own decisions on what is or is not true about people. That's where you're at... You've hit the cross roads where you can make your decision to follow the religious culture you were raised in or if you want to choose to be a person who does not follow that creed.
Nope. Just bad decisions.
Hello, thank you for sharing your feelings with us.

Good and bad, right and wrong, good and evil. These are morals and values that we use to divide up some of the world and make a little bit of sense about things, but as the poster before me said, good and bad are very subjective concepts. What is bad to one person may be perfectly acceptable to another.

For example, a popular argument is capital punishment: if a woman is caught murdering the children of her neighbor, is it then wrong to punish her with death for her heinous act? What if she was a pillar of the community beforehand, and this vile act occurred out of nowhere? What if she then told you that she saw the children literally as demons that she was absolutely certain were trying to kill her?

There are many questions involved, and getting to the just answer is not easy. For all appearances, she was defending herself against a perceived threat; she did not see sweet, innocent children, she saw vicious, ravening demons come to steal her life. Is she to be punished for defending herself? What about her mind? Did she have a fever? Is she sick? Does she hallucinate? Is she very angry in private?

Again, all of these questions go to form a conclusion about the situation. You can even take a less-complicated example: Two men, raised in different countries. Both of them are fine, upstanding men of a high moral compass who have never been guilty of hurting anyone for selfish gain. Say these two men encounter one another, and one man gives a very pleasant greeting-gesture to the other. Let's throw in that this greeting in the second man's culture is a contemptuous gesture, and is the worst kind of insult. Let's say that the second man's culture demands that his honor must be reclaimed by shedding the first man's blood.

Up to this point, neither man has ever been violent, but suddenly, and without a single word exchanged between them, the first man is under violent physical attack for no known reason, he defends himself and during the struggle, the first man kills his attacker when he throws him down and his head hits a rock.

As outside observers, we know all of the criteria; I just explained them, so the answer is simple: it was a misunderstanding, not a murder. But think about any passer-by, and their perspective. Say the next person to pass by is a man of the law, and all that he witnesses is the first man throw the second violently to the ground where his head splits open on a rock; that is all the lawman knows that occurred, and he is bound by the law to act. The second man is dead and cannot give his side of the story, and for all the lawman knows, the first man could be lying.

Morals and values can be very complex, and it takes time to understand them and the perspectives of other people.

That being said, a "bad" act is an act that either results in the reduced quality of life for another person or group of persons, or breaks a moral code or belief (even if no harm is done to anyone!). And a "good" act is considered any act that improves the quality of life for a person or group of persons, be it of a singular mind or done in accordance to a code of ethics. The line blurs when one group of people have morals and values that overlap and conflict with those of another; both sides believe they are doing the right thing. Hardly anybody wakes up in the morning and looks at the morning sun with the though "Hmm, I wonder how much misery and suffering I can bring into the world today?"

All of this is a very old topic of conversation. Human beings have fought over beliefs for as long as we have walked this world, and most likely, we will continue to do so until the last one of us expires.

What most people consider "evil" is when a person willfully commits an act they know will result in the reduced quality of life (or even outright harm) for another person, but the problem with that is that so many people are very willing to quickly believe the worst of others. Nobody sees themselves as the antagonist in their own life, so if any harm befalls them, the "fault" is placed on someone else, someone who can be "the bad guy".

We could debate this for a very long time, but I think I covered it. If you have any more questions, feel free to message me privately. (:
i think that the only bad people in the world are the people that purposely want to hurt others. were are different in our own special way
People try to make it very black and white but the truth is, it isn't. And there are many people who claim to be Christians but I think Jesus would be appalled by their behavior. In the end, we are not to judge for we do not know the intentions of every man's heart. Judging and shaming people is pointless. It's about love. That is what people truly need. Just focus on being a loving person. God is love. I think God is more pleased with a loving agnostic person than a self-righteous "Christian." No. To love and to show compassion are right. As lovetolove said, we've all acted badly. No one is above it even if they act like they are. We've all treated others unkindly etc. However, nobody really does harm for the sake of doing harm. They are seeking something good, they are just going about it the wrong way.
There is good and bad in every person and every person chooses to develop either the good or the bad. People are born with a free will which allows them to pursue the carnal wants or to feed the spiritual side of themselves. I was raised Christian too, and loving people and upholding your moral values was the main ingredient of what we were taught.
What defines good? There must be a "bad" in order to justify the "good" of another. "Good" and "bad" can only coexist. You cannot justify one without the other and at the same time, morals and perspective play a huge role on this as well.
Hello, follow Christian, it's Capt. Catholic! But what I learned in church was that everyone is naturally a good person. We're just prone to bad decisions. Hell is the absence of God, so people who can't embrace God wind up there. Now, I don't know if I believe that, but I certainly don't believe people are naturally bad.