There is no Devil !

A Devil, oh please!

Other than being good for movies, Halloween, and shouting fear from the pulpit, what's the point of the Devil anyway? (and I will capitalize it no more)

Oh I know, the devil is the best cop-out there is. "The devil made me do it" as the comic Flip Wilson said from my first color TV. The line was so funny because the statement was so foolish. Something out there making you do what you didn't what to do, yea right!

"The devil spoke to me in the neighbors dog." (Son of Sam killed because his neighbor's dog who was supposedly possessed by satan told him to.) And our prison complex is no doubt chuck full of inmates playing the 'devil card' or the 'born again' card to help their dire situation. But it just seems so trite to me these days and times of not being responsible for much at all. I mean, I remember the time when a lady at McDonalds dropped her hot coffee on her lap, and then turned around and sued the joint. I remember it because of one reason and it's probably the same reason the news carried it. SHE GOT HER MONEY. That's special, isn't it? Getting paid for not being responsible for your own actions.

Oh I can hear the 'Bible banging' crowd now. "It is written that the devil was caste out of ....." & "The devil personifies evil, so we know the good of God" ....well, I'll agree somewhat with the latter one. Like saying, "you can only know peace from war" "love from hate" "darkness from light" ....but to think and to say that you think there's an entity out there in the sky above 'hell bent' on our demise and destruction is immature to me. That went out with the other characters of childhood meant to keep us in line. But don't look at me like I'm an atheist now. Far from it. That's how a Mennonite girl looked at me and called me so. (and told me she wasn't judging me) We worked together one summer in a greenhouse. We were admiring all the beauty of nature. It was a wonderful 'Pan' moment for me. For awhile I thought we were going to agree on the 'dogma questions' for a change, but ..... NOT. Hell, she couldn't even come half way with me. But nor could she answer my question, "where is the devil in all this beauty that surrounds us here?"

Bringing the devil into your life is much like degrading yourself in front of yourself. (my prior hub page 'Why do people degrade themselves?') Like we're not supposed to enjoy all this beauty on earth, and should feel guilty when we do or start to. Or to say that there's some reason, as far-fetched as it is, that I am poor because God has this plan for me. This is nonsense.

Remind's me of the joke: God greets a person in heaven who died in a flood, but ask him why, "you past-up the rescue boat I sent you, and then waved the rescue helicopter I sent you, to go on? You said that God will provide. Who on Earth do you think was sending these things for you?"

Another one: God greets another person in heaven that died of poverty and starvation. They ask Him why didn't I win the lottery that I prayed all my life for? God answers him: Ya had to meet me half way on this, and buy a ticket.

My point; God made all this beauty for us to enjoy and live on this Earth, there's absolutely no reason, I say no reason, to feel guilty about enjoying any of it. You would have offended your dear parents on Christmas if you told them that you didn't deserve the gift they worked hard to give you, now wouldn't you.

Ever wonder why most rich people are liberal? Yep, you got it; guilt.

So, don't offend your God, enjoy this absolutely awesome far-out Gift called LIFE ! (while you still can)


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Shucks, I laughed all the way through your witty and funny piece, UNTIL I got to the liberal part.. We 'ain't rich..HaHa


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johnwindbell 4 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

...I'm sorry, maybe I should take that out. A political blow from me 'a-political.' (they get what they deserve)

Thanks ae for pushin your mouser my way today. I knew I could always count on your fast delivery of a compliment. Be safe, love.

ps- wish I could have gotten those jokes to flow better. I'll work on them.


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Chris Neal 4 years ago from Fishers, IN

Of course God wants us to enjoy the beauty He created. If the devil could get us to stop, then he will.

And God absolutely wants us to take responsibility for ourselves and what we do!

The devil isn't in the beauty of God's creation, he's in the ways that people enjoy it that aren't Godly!

Since you asked....;)


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johnwindbell 4 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

Thank you Chris. Your words of wisdom sure straightening it all out today.


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chefsref 4 years ago from Citra Florida

I dunno John, I think we need the devil. Who will all those evangelicals have to blame when they get caught with hookers, adultery and drugs?

Since the devil made them do it, all they have to do is ask for forgiveness and get a clean slate. Kinda like restoring your virginity. The the flock gets suckered for more money.

If they follow your advice they'd have to accept responsibility for their own actions


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Chris Neal 4 years ago from Fishers, IN

The evangelicals will say that you're responsible for your own actions, just like we do now!

Funny how that works!


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johnwindbell 4 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

Welcome chefsref to my hub page. You've been around for pretty long to, I gather. Been there. Funny how that works!


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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

Oh I can't believe this is out there and you haven't been brought to your knees by those fundies as I have. LOL Of course there is no Devil.

Will be passing this one around for sure!


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johnwindbell 4 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

Hello young Lady, good to see ya here. Fundies? What the hell them be? In the devils name, are they dangerous! Can I expect damnation when I die and leave this damn-nation? ....again*


Patrick 4 years ago

I think I appreciate the sentiment of the message/theme/spirit of the article. But holy **** there are so many errors. What happened to education and responsibility for information dissemination? I guess the internet gives anyone a pen.


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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

John, Hahahahahaha!! I see by the last comment the sparks are beginning to fly.


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johnwindbell 4 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

Thanks Patrick, I learned something today. The God in me blesses the God in you.

Hey Lady, I like sparks, as in 'spark-puff & pass.' Care to lighten-up all the errors I made on this hub page? If ya got the time.


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

To the Jewish person, the devil is a disease; to the Catholic it is a spiritual entity that possesses a person; and to the Christian he is a "stone-turner." It is in understanding what the devil is and what the purpose of him is that we understand the greater fullness of Christ's death on the cross. There is a deeper thing you're missing here about the devil; but if one likens him to anything on earth, it might be comparable to an FBI or CIA agent that works for the government. No stone will go unturned. The devil works tirelessly to that end. He is only permitted to do what God allows him and he will do it to show us who we really are.


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johnwindbell 4 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

For the Buddhist the devil is his friend and doesn't fight him. (fighting anything makes it stronger) He uses him as a teacher to keep him on the 'right' path. Another healthy devil attitude to have.


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

What the Buddhist believes, so does the Christian; only the devil in Christianity reveals what the mass mind is doing, like when people in the New Testament were kept ill because it was believed they had the "devil" in them when it was the spirit of the devil revealing how evil man is to man and using a disease to do it. People are always trying to be "better" than others, and sometimes the way they do it reveals how much lower they are.


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clairemy 4 years ago

I like to say something more than I enjoyed reading your thoughts and ideas, but its been said. Soooooo; good hub, truly.


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johnwindbell 4 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies Author

Thanks clairemy, I certainly wrote it out of love for my fellow astronauts on this spaceship called Earth. The devil is like extra heavy unneeded baggage that should be left at the terminal.


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randslam 4 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Thanks, John, the devil didn't make you do this. What a great piece about an immature topic...I was once a little Mennonite boy and at age five my parents joined an even stronger sect of "devil-haters" which could only be described as jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

The devil has done a lot of damage to our human race...too bad he doesn't exist at all...it's our forefathers who came up with this simpleton explanation for a description between beauty and ugly.

It is too bad that we let the "ugly" take us away from our true mission in life...enjoy the frickin' beauty.

Thanks for a great piece of documentary exposee...marked useful, interesting, awesome and beautiful...anything, but funny. Thanks again.

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