If done from a position of serenity, this approach negates "evil". It doesn't oppose it per se, it simply denies it a space to exist upon you. How many people are capable of it is another question. Nietzsche wrote "there was only ever one Christian, and he died on the cross", and I'm not sure he even got that one right...
No it doesn't. How does handing your wallet over negate a robbery?
These types of scriptures were used to unite a tribe after conversion. Year 0, before my conversion: Daniel had stolen apples from my yard and Jacob had sex with my one of my sheep. This was part of an family feud that has been going on for three generations. I also can't read or write. Who's going to restore harmony? Religion which heals all wounds and unites even the worst of enemies. After converting we are all equal and we can begin anew. It was the same for Islam and I'm going to take a wild guess and say it probably exists in all religions: after converting your old sins are forgiven because you become part of a new society. Result: higher standards.
Fast forward to year 2000 and let's say I was baptized at birth and all my life I'd been a devout catholic. In comes the new pope. He says that everyone goes to heaven because muh Jesus told me to forgive everything
. So now the same concept is applied too wide. There has been no repentance so there can be no atonement. Result: lowered standards.
To top it off Marx linked christianity to socialism (even though he was anti-religious himself) so now a lot of people see christianity as inherently socialist (even though the opposite would be true: socialism is inherently christian) The funniest thing is probably that under both an old fashioned Monarchy and Communism the leaders take most of the profits (taxes) yet people seem to think there's a huge difference.
Anyway... Religion has become a dead end in the western world. Wasn't this thread about dictionary entries? Or are we going to talk about the real problem: there's just no respect anymore these days! (uhh, yeah, or maybe not enough self-respect