Who are God and the Devil in the Human Mind and Consciousness?

Humankind has viewed things in opposites & dichotomies since primordial times. Opposites & dichotomies exist in the material & immaterial worlds. If something EXISTS, there is a DIRECT OPPOSITE. That is par for the course.
Humankind has viewed things in opposites & dichotomies since primordial times. Opposites & dichotomies exist in the material & immaterial worlds. If something EXISTS, there is a DIRECT OPPOSITE. That is par for the course.
Primordial humans viewed the world in what can & can't be understood/decipherable.  Anything beyond the realm of human understanding was assigned to the supernatural realm.Good was assigned to a  god whereas evil was assigned to a demon or demons.
Primordial humans viewed the world in what can & can't be understood/decipherable. Anything beyond the realm of human understanding was assigned to the supernatural realm.Good was assigned to a god whereas evil was assigned to a demon or demons.
The majority of humankind strongly contends that if there is supernatural good, logic furthermore decrees that there is also supernatural EVIL. If these elements didn't co-exist, how can the moral ambiguities & conflicts of the universe be explained.
The majority of humankind strongly contends that if there is supernatural good, logic furthermore decrees that there is also supernatural EVIL. If these elements didn't co-exist, how can the moral ambiguities & conflicts of the universe be explained.

If There is GOOD, THEN There HAS to be....EVIL

Humankind has always viewed things in opposites and dichotomies from primordial times. In the human mind and consciousness, there must and are opposites and dichotomies. Such opposites and dichotomies not only exist in the material world but in the immaterial worlds and beyond. Humankind has particularly viewed the immaterial world or rather the supernatural world in terms of strict opposites and dichotomies from time immemorial.

Primordial humans viewed the world in terms of what they could and could not understand and/or easily decipher. Anything that was beyond such human analysis and understand was regularly assigned to the realm of the supernatural. The positive aspects of the supernatural was assigned to a benevolent supernatural deity or a god. Conversely, the negative aspects of the supernatural was assigned to a malevolent deity or a demon or demons.

The majority of humankind staunchly contend that cannot be supernatural good without the existence of supernatural evil. They believe that if goodness has a supernatural origin, then evil also has a supernatural origin. They maintain that the moral ambiguities and conflicts of this universe exists because of these two opposing factors. They furthermore aver that such ambiguities explain that why this is an often imperfect, even dangerous world. They are resigned to the fact that supernatural good and supernatural unfortunately co-exist.


To the majority of people,God & the Devil exists in separate components. In fact,they contend that God & the Devil exists in diametic opposites. They see God as a manifestation of the HIGHEST level of spiritual development.
To the majority of people,God & the Devil exists in separate components. In fact,they contend that God & the Devil exists in diametic opposites. They see God as a manifestation of the HIGHEST level of spiritual development.
Many people see God as the essence & manifestation of the HIGHEST level of spiritual evolution.  They contend that God is ALL GOOD there is.  They assert that God is the ultimate of beauty & purity.
Many people see God as the essence & manifestation of the HIGHEST level of spiritual evolution. They contend that God is ALL GOOD there is. They assert that God is the ultimate of beauty & purity.
There are those who maintain that God is beyond human limits so to assign such characteristics & limits to Him/Her is a futile exercise.In their minds,God just Is.Some go further,saying that designating human characteristics to God is BLASPHEMOUS.
There are those who maintain that God is beyond human limits so to assign such characteristics & limits to Him/Her is a futile exercise.In their minds,God just Is.Some go further,saying that designating human characteristics to God is BLASPHEMOUS.
There are those who vehemently refute those who contend that God has a less than a positive side. They explain that there is a plausible reason for such actions. Besides, they maintain, that ONLY God knows why such actions occur, not humankind.
There are those who vehemently refute those who contend that God has a less than a positive side. They explain that there is a plausible reason for such actions. Besides, they maintain, that ONLY God knows why such actions occur, not humankind.
To many people, logic & reason only decrees that if there is supernatural good, there HAS to be supernatural evil. They believe that the Devil is the embodiment of supernatural evil He's seen as the lowest & most banal forms of negativity.
To many people, logic & reason only decrees that if there is supernatural good, there HAS to be supernatural evil. They believe that the Devil is the embodiment of supernatural evil He's seen as the lowest & most banal forms of negativity.
Many view the Devil to be the most bestial & lowest of life forms.  They also maintain that the Devil embodies the VERY WORST and INSIDIOUS of all characteristics. To them, the Devil is the apex of wickedness, depravity, & .....UTTER ABOMINATION!
Many view the Devil to be the most bestial & lowest of life forms. They also maintain that the Devil embodies the VERY WORST and INSIDIOUS of all characteristics. To them, the Devil is the apex of wickedness, depravity, & .....UTTER ABOMINATION!
Many people strongly insist that only wrong, bad & evil come from the Devil.  They maintain that even though the Devil may do something positive, the outcome is always NEGATIVE. There's no such thing as a good deed as far as the Devil is concerned.
Many people strongly insist that only wrong, bad & evil come from the Devil. They maintain that even though the Devil may do something positive, the outcome is always NEGATIVE. There's no such thing as a good deed as far as the Devil is concerned.

God and the Devil

I. GOD

To the majority of people, God and the Devil exist in separate components. To go even further, many propose that God and the Devil exist in diametrical opposites. They believe that God is the representation of all that is benevolent. To them, God is the essence of perfection. They contend that God is the ultimate and highest level of all that is good and just. They maintain that God is beauty, pureness, and goodness.

Many people view God as the essence and manifestation of the highest level of spiritual development and evolution. In fact, they believe that God is the purest essence that exists in the universe. However, there are some who maintain that God is beyond all character designation. They strongly insist that God is totally beyond all what humans characterize Him/Her to be. According to them, assigning human characteristics to God is to limit Him/Her. There are a few who vehemently state that to even to characterize God in limited human terms would be deemed blasphemous. They are of the school that to even mention God's name is irreverent or worse. To them, God deserves only the highest form of respect and reference, if not deference. reference.

Along the lines that God is all good, there is a strong contention that God is incapable of doing anything bad or evil. People oftentimes argue that these are acts of nature and God had nothing to do with it. Some would proclaim that God acted this way in so called retribution to the imperfections of humankind. Very, very few people are going to state that God does evil things or otherwise act in less than positive ways. To do so would cast doubt on the goodness and perfection of God.

Of course, there are people who insist that those who have the audacity to cast aspersions as to the goodness of God are totally blasphemous at best. They furthermore contend that humankind is not capable of fathoming and understanding the actions of God. They maintain that God's actions are not for humankind to understand and judge for such are God's actions alone. They believe that only God knows the ultimate reasons for implementing such actions.


II. THE DEVIL

The consensus with a majority of people that as there is a supernatural good, reason only dictates that there is also a supernatural evil. The Devil is considered by many to be the representation of pure and unadulterated evil. The Devil is also seen by many to be the symbol of the most abject, darkest, and abysmal negativity. In fact, he is deemed by some to be negativity beyond the most blackest negativity.

Besides being seen as evil, the Devil is seen to be impure, debauched, and corrupt. The majority of people see the Devil as a representation of ultimate corruption in addition to being without conscience. There are those who view the Devil as a symbol of the most abhorrent imperfection, blemish, and sin. Some even classify the Devil as the epitome of darkness and contamination.

Others perceive the Devil to be the symbol of devolution to the lowest and most banal levels. They see the Devil as the most bestial of all life forms. They maintain that the Devil embodies the very worst and most insidious of characteristics. They assert that the Devil is the nadir of spiritual development while being the total apex of wickedness and abomination.

There are those who vehemently proclaim that nothing comes out of the Devil except evil, desolation, destruction, and other types of negativity. After all, they insist that the Devil is the purveyor of lies and other falsehoods. There is no good in the Devil; in fact, one say aptly say that the Devil is the total antithesis of goodness and other positive characteristics. They contend that even if the Devil does something positive, it has an underlying premise which is quite negative, even horrific. They assert that the Devil, by his very nature, has an ULTERIOR motive for doing what seems on the surface to be good or positive.

While many people see God & the Devil as separate, opposite entities, there are THOSE who see God & the Devil co-existing & working TOGETHER. To  them, God created the Devil to test humankind, bringing it closer to God.
While many people see God & the Devil as separate, opposite entities, there are THOSE who see God & the Devil co-existing & working TOGETHER. To them, God created the Devil to test humankind, bringing it closer to God.
Some maintain that the Devil serve a POSITIVE, not a NEGATIVE purpose. They indicate that if it wasn't for the Devil, how would they know & appreciate the value of goodness. & ultimately GOD.
Some maintain that the Devil serve a POSITIVE, not a NEGATIVE purpose. They indicate that if it wasn't for the Devil, how would they know & appreciate the value of goodness. & ultimately GOD.
There are those who believe that God has an evil, less positive side.They contend that God & the Devil are the SAME entity.They believe that nothing in the world is perfect,not even God.They assert that everyone & everything has a NEGATIVE side.
There are those who believe that God has an evil, less positive side.They contend that God & the Devil are the SAME entity.They believe that nothing in the world is perfect,not even God.They assert that everyone & everything has a NEGATIVE side.
There are some who stress that if God was good & perfect, there wouldn't be evil conditions &/or occurrences in this world.  To them, since evil occurs then God, in part, is evil & if God was all good, then NO evil would occur in the world.
There are some who stress that if God was good & perfect, there wouldn't be evil conditions &/or occurrences in this world. To them, since evil occurs then God, in part, is evil & if God was all good, then NO evil would occur in the world.
A few would go as far to state that God is a party to the inequality, oppression & general inhumanity that's happening in this world.  They contend that if God was good, such wouldn't be. They see God as being just as callous as the WORST oppressors.
A few would go as far to state that God is a party to the inequality, oppression & general inhumanity that's happening in this world. They contend that if God was good, such wouldn't be. They see God as being just as callous as the WORST oppressors.

God and the Devil on the SAME Accord or as ONE?

While many people maintain that God and the Devil exist as separate, even opposite entities, there are those who differ from the majority societal and theological consensus. There are those who contend that God and the Devil co-exist and work together in some sort of plan regarding the redemption of humankind. They strongly assert that God created the Devil with the purpose of testing, strengthening, and giving moral resolve to humankind.

To them, the Devil does not serve a negative purpose at all but a positive one. They argue that the Devil was created to assist humankind in learning, knowing, and eventually attaining a level of pure goodness and ultimate unity with God. They furthermore attest that if there was no Devil nor evil, how would humankind know the ultimate value of goodness and God. The Devil, they staunchly aver, is the litmus test of endurance, trials, tribulations humans must undergo in the ultimate scheme of things. They state that the Devil with God's permission may administer arduous tests; however, in the end, humankind will be much better, wiser, and more evolved for taking such tests.

Then there are those who believe that there is an evil side to God. They strongly maintain that the Devil is God's negative, shadow side. They contend that everyone and everything contains both good and evil aspects to their personality. They contend that nothing material and immaterial is all good nor are they are bad. They assert that it is realistic and mature to state that good and evil exists in all, even the purveyor of the supernatural, God. They attest that even God has His/Her negative side which some would classify as the Devil.

Some people are of the school that imperfection is rampant in the human and natural world so why would the supernatural world be different. To them, if humankind is imperfect and flawed so is God. They explain that since evil and other forms of negativity exist and occur in the world and if God made the world then in their minds, He/She is responsible for the less than positive conditions in the world. They further assert that if God was completely good, the world would be good and nothing bad or evil would occur in it. They even add that if God was completely good, He/She would prevent evil and other forms of iniquity from ever occurring.

Others staunchly declare that God is quite cognizant of the evil occurring in this world. They assert that God is a party to the inequality, wars, holocaust, and social ills that are present in society. They add that all such events occurred with God's tacit permission. They contend that God is as much at fault for the desolation, oppression, and murder of humankind as the worst dictators and soldiers. These factors, they explain, demonstrate that what is associated with the so-called evil of the Devil is actually the callousness of God towards His/Her universe. They opine that if God knows of the inhumanity of this world and refuses to do anything about it, how benevolent and loving He/She really is?




How each person perceives God & the Devil is dependent upon each individual.Each has different thoughts & beliefs regarding God & the Devil. Some have dichotomous & absolute beliefs while others have more pluralist beliefs regarding God & the Devil.
How each person perceives God & the Devil is dependent upon each individual.Each has different thoughts & beliefs regarding God & the Devil. Some have dichotomous & absolute beliefs while others have more pluralist beliefs regarding God & the Devil.

Conclusions

Each person has his/her idea and perception of what God and the Devil are. However, most view God and the Devil as separate entities on opposite sides. They view God as the epitome of good while the Devil is considered the antithesis of all that God is. They see God as the true benefactor and symbol of love and enlightenment while they see the Devil as pure desolation and negativity.

However, there are those who believe that both God and the Devil embody both positive and negative characteristics. They contend that no one, including God and the Devil is either all good or all bad- God can be bad as well as good and the Devil can be good as well as bad. There are a few who believe that what is deemed to be the Devil as just the shadow side of God which many people, based upon their social and religious condition, consider to be a taboo subject. How one perceives God and the Devil is based upon his/her individual thoughts and beliefs.

© 2014 Grace Marguerite Williams

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Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

Both good and evil reside in human consciousness.

It is we ourselves who are either the angels or devils.


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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

God and Satan are just titles that are used in place of a name. For there are many gods , and many who are resisters to the true God who become in their action satan.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia it states ,

God is often conceived as the Supreme Being and principal object of faith.

God's name was revealed and spoken in over 7000 times in the original Hebrew and Greek writings. His name is YHWH ,JEHOVAH.

What is the meaning of the name Jehovah? ... In Hebrew, the name Jehovah comes from a verb that means “to become,” And we know a verb means action.

2. Satan (Hebrew: שָּׂטָן satan, "adversary,"[1]) is a term, later a character appearing in the texts of the Abrahamic religions ,who personifies evil and temptation, and is known as the deceiver that leads humanity astray. The term is often applied to an angel who fell out of favor with God, seducing humanity into the ways of sin, and death ,who now rules over the fallen world.

The original name of the angel who became Satan is unknown. The terms “Satan” and “Devil” mean “Resister” and “Slanderer.”

To add ,Long before Jehovah God created humans, he made a multitude of spirit creatures. (Job 38:4, 7) In the Bible these spirits are called angels. (Hebrews 1:13, 14) God created all of them perfect—not a single one was a devil or had any evil trait. How, then, did the Devil come to be? The word “devil” means “slanderer” and thus refers to someone who tells malicious lies about others. “Satan” means “Resister,” or opposer. Just as a formerly honest man makes himself a thief by stealing, one of the perfect spirit sons of God acted upon an improper desire and made himself Satan the Devil.

When the first lie was ever spoken it was by satan, to Adam and Eve . Telling it made that angel a slanderer. He also became an opposer of God. The Bible thus identifies this enemy of God as “the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan.”—Revelation 12:9.

Nothing in Satan’s arsenal of weapons can do us permanent harm. ... Satan has tried to destroy God’s Word, eliminate the name Jehovah, and suppress the truth.

Believing that Satan exists does not mean accepting the idea that he has horns, a pointed tail, and a pitchfork and that he roasts people in a fiery hell. The Bible gives no such description of Satan. That is the product of the minds of medieval artists who were influenced by representations of the mythological Greek god Pan and by the Inferno written by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. Instead of teaching a fiery hell, the Bible clearly says that “the dead . . . are conscious of nothing at all.” Ecclesiastes 9:5.

Taking satan's side would be condemning your own life to their eternal death.

How, then, can anyone be saved in “the great and fear-inspiring day of Jehovah”? “The word of Jehovah” revealed to one of his prophets provides the answer to that question: “It must occur that everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will get away safe.” (Joel 1:1; 2:31, 32) meaning calling his name as to know him and his right standards. And applying them.

Notice that Satan name as a resister of truth and right will not save anyone. His name means everlasting death.

At Deuteronomy 30:19 it says

"I do take the heavens and the earth as witnesses against YOU today, that I have put life and death before you, the blessing and the malediction; and you must choose life in order that you may keep alive, you and your offspring, "


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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

With regards to world condition, again satan makes himself invisible as he did to Eve in the Garden of Eden, using a snake to deceive her into thinking he has nothing to do with the lie of disobeying Jehovah.

World conditions are not done by God , but satan is the ruler of this world or system. It was allowed to prove a point ,since he question Jehovah right to rule. He was given a period of time.This is evident when he told Jesus he would give him all the kingdoms or Goverments of the world for a act of worship. Jesus declined.

That is why the whole earth is in a condition of epidemic loss of everything, you name it ,it exist in problems.

God gave humans life and our planet home. Satan has only tried to destoy our future for happiness. He wants to be worshiped and that is what many people give him when they believe the lie.

May Satan never get a hold on us! We realize, of course, that “the whole world is lying in the power of [that] wicked one.” (1 John 5:19) So the Devil could offer it to Jesus (John 15:18-21) No wonder the apostle John warned us not to love the world!


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

gmwilliams, I think you have given a great account of the various God-Devil concepts. Fact is, Homo Sapiens is trying since the beginning of their existence their utmost best to understand Life and Death and all it implies. There seems to be no boundaries to the creative thoughts of the human mind. Human's curiosity, sense of order and justice and their need for a system of logic will forever keep them searching for an indisputable truth. Maybe we will one day - in a world hereafter - learn all about this indisputable truth.

In the meantime, let's enjoy, appreciate and respect this magnificent universe to the best of our ability. Let's promote what is Good and stand together against Evil.

Voted up, interesting and useful :)


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Marie, thank you for stopping by and for your spot on analytical response.

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