You'll Never Find the Devil So Quit Looking for Him

A Picture of Evil: Silly, eh???

We create our images of evil, then place them onto all kinds of phantasmagorical figures. But are they real?
We create our images of evil, then place them onto all kinds of phantasmagorical figures. But are they real?

How to see past the light and into reality

An old Egyptian saying: “Ask not why the gods allow evil to exist while you yourself are doing your utmost to stir up strife.”

Forget the claims to the contrary. There is no evil in the world. At least not an evil entity of some sort, separate from our own minds.

How can I possibly make that statement when simple observation seems to indicate the exact opposite?

Let’s start with a premise. If this coming evening is a clear one where you live, go out into the night and look up at the stars (if you can see them). Notice the shimmering little lights. Sometimes a shooting meteorite will flash by. You may well call the night sky you are viewing beautiful. But is it really, or is it simply your opinion? (People used to believe that stars were heavenly windows through which the gods kept their eyes on us. Scary, eh?)

Beauty is not inherent in anything. Beauty is the result of our perspective and opinion. So is ugliness. So is evil.

Perception and perspective

We are not actually seeing what’s “here.” We are seeing an interpretation of it. And from that interpretation, we ultimately form perspective, a way of viewing that which we have interpreted. Sounds complicated. It’s not.

The universe is energy; lots of light. That’s why we can see things. The light bounces off an object, hits our eye, is read by the brain and we have a picture. We also have an opinion of that picture. Most of those opinions were established in our past and now we take them for granted. They are truth to us. And they color all new pictures.

It remains, however, that perspective is not truth. That means that nothing in the universe has any meaning whatsoever, except the meaning we give it.

Only in the human mind has the world been invaded by evil. And only in the human mind can that evil be overcome. 

We can change the world by changing our perspective. 




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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

Excellent observation. I don't know why my hubs isn't coming up on the sidebar, but it is the truth about demons, evil satan and mental illnesses. That is a good start on that road to the truth. People keep telling me to be afraid of something that doesn't exist. Funny Huh!


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RichardSpeaks 6 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area Author

Ambrose Bierce, who wrote The Devil's Dictionary back around the turn of the 20th century, gave his wonderful definition of religion: The art of turning superstition into coin.

Religionists have no out. They must fear evil and fear God at the same time. Either one can take you out if you catch him in the wrong mood.

My god, what a joke, eh?


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

Exactly. They are too scard to look up Satan in any other place then the Bible. Satan is not an evil thing that just wants their soul. The original Satan and it's meaning is nothing like they use it for today. Yet they are Afraid of looking it up--perhaps God will kill them?? OR Satan will do the same thing??? What's the choice they "think" they have--damned it you do and damned if you don't. They say Satan can be beautiful and light and bring you lots of nice things and materials but so can God. There is no difference because they both can and do the same things according to the religious. Perhaps God is Bi-Polar.


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RichardSpeaks 6 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area Author

True. Satan has been described in Scripture as an angel of light; so has Jesus. So you're never quite sure who's got your back and who wants to seduce. Best to become Buddhist and forget the whole thing!


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

hmmm no new comments.....???? Do we possibly have people thinking or are they just dumbfounded? LOL


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area Author

Oh, well...


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TheAllSeeingEye 5 years ago from England.

Very good hub Richard. Just popped by and noticed your work here and very well put.

Satan, demons, evil etc... are all concepts to explain something which the human mind cannot prove or actually hide behind.

Satan is the father of all lies, that lie from the MIND which forms into EGO.

EGO is the state of MIND which hides itself within your own thoughts, it is what the ancients referred to as the foreign installation, although a part of YOU it isn't the TRUE you, for the EGO is finite understanding and has pulled every trick in the book to hide itself within human consciousness.

It has created an outside enemy of itself to keep MAN focusing on the outside reality, looking and searching for that enemy out there, pointing the finger, placing the blame elsewhere which in TRUTH was hiding itself all along within MAN himself.

Now whether MAN accepts this feeling within is another story, and although Satan and Demons are a man made concept this doesn't exclude those that worship them or should I rephrase that, worship the MIND over the HEART.

The real power in this universe of light is LOVE and darkness in itself, evil, Satan etc..is concepts for the MIND to reason with itself to explain lack of LOVE.

The next problem to address is who or what brought about the split in human consciousness? HOW did the EGO create itself or WHAT was the driving force behind it?

CREATION? That niggling concept! How was EVERYTHING created?

Religion has held man back from discovering the truth for the truth has always been within man and religion tricks man to looking outside of himself for answers and salvation.

The EGO, the father of all lies from the MIND, managed to project an enemy and saviour outside of itself and this was the beginning of the fall of consciousness, the desert of all illusion, for now man had duality of MIND, GOOD and EVIL, GOD and the DEVIL.

The hardest battle is within oneself, transcending the MIND and rising above dualism to find the ONENESS WITHIN.

UNTIL MAN realises that he is LOVE within, will there be external conflicts which comes in many forms....War, crime, hatred etc..

The outside reality is a mirror to the internal struggles within consciousness itself.

We can only HEAL the world of all its problems if we FIRST HEAL ourselves within.


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area Author

Good points. It's always wise to remember that darkness is necessary. Light can only shine in the darkness. And we are as blind in all light as in all darkness. Nothing in the universe is a mistake. The game/balance between light and dark is what keeps the whole thing going. If it weren't for my dark side, I would have no reason to stretch, to grow, to even live.

Again, many thanks for your comments.


Whikat 5 years ago

Hi Richard,

You bring up some great points. I believe that there is not much commenting on this hub, because, and this is only my observation, but people do not like to take responsibility for their thoughts, it is far too easy to blame bad things on an invisible, nonexistent spirit that people call the devil than to believe that there is a dark side in their own minds. Of course, this is just my perspective and open for debate :)


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area Author

Whikat: You make excellent points. That vast majority would rather lay blame on some other source than themselves. It's easier to say that either God's wrath or the devil's trickery are at the root of world and personal problems than to lay the blame where it belongs: At the feet of each and every person who passes the buck. The world will never heal until we heal individually and accept responsibility for EVERYTHING!

Thanks for your comments.


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hanging out 5 years ago

in defense of the christendom you are crucifying here. We just recently got internet okay. lol.

1611 the king james bible was published by a catholic church, the bishops had final say and received the texts the moment they were completed and they revised of course to meet the doctrine the catholic church already had conjured up. the masses were without bibles for much of the time prior to 1611 and were in the dark. that's only 400 yrs ago. Up until 1970 people were physically moving around to be places, snail mail was the fastest way to get messages around after the horse and buggy era. New revelation is not to be expected until internet. Today we have concordances, original hebrew and greek texts online and a world of sites through google. Now is the time we will see a drastic change in christendom, since now is the age of instant information. Not to call the old churchies stupid but all they had was a catholic bible, catholic doctrine and a life of little idyl time to spend reading. Before we are all burned at the stake for being a detriment to society remember past generations did not live like we do today and some as far back as to have no running water.

thanks


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area Author

Thanks for your comments. Just one minor correction. The King James Bible was a translation from the Greek Textus Receptus, which today is known to have been fairly corrupted by the time the English translators did their work. King James was head of the Church of England rather than the Roman Catholic Church, but the Anglicans were heavily influenced by Catholic theology and dogma. Today's Bibles bear little resemblance to what may have been documents closer to the originals. We do not have the original Gospels or Letters of Paul, so even if those were dictated directly from God, which is doubtful, we have no way knowing what they reported. It's mostly guesswork.

Again, thanks for your input.


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hanging out 5 years ago

thanks for your input. I disagree the received texts are unworthy, these were the texts the 'Early church' used, the underground church. The jews had been diligent about the OT with the masoretics and with pauls writings the receivers of his texts would have also been diligent, they went to each church by hand delivery. The received texts were well used and reading the King james bible i can see why, they are robust and powerful full of wisdom, knowledge and christian understanding. Yes the bishops edited the final copies to ensure catholic doctrine was not contradicted, a huge job and poorly done, because God was watching over His book which He dictated.


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area Author

I know you mean well. But once again, I disagree. We do not have any of the original works. Besides, the Bible was not put together by God. It was compiled into the Canon by a committee. Books were chosen or tossed, depending upon the mindsets of the Church Fathers. And it wasn't finalized until 396 CE. That's nearly 400 years after the fact. A lot can happen in 400 hundred years. Especially when it comes to written materials and fighting clans of Christians who sometimes disagreed with each other to the point of war. (Think Gnostics!) Not everyone was happy with the final Canon. And, for your info, the Book of Revelation only made it into that Canon by a very narrow margin. The Apocrypha was part of the Catholic Canon but the Protestants dumped it. Who gave them that right? See? The Bible was already disintegrating by the time of Martin Luther and John Calvin, the very ones who claimed it was the Final Authority.

When you put these things into human hands, they never come out smelling like a rose. You'll say that God made sure the Bible came to us intact. But how could that be when he couldn't even keep his Creatures from Original Sin? Sorry, my friend. Your arguments don't hold water.

Blessings.

Today we call that politics, not faith.


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hanging out 5 years ago

ive read the apocrypha and the pseudopigrapha books and they are rubbish indeed. A child can notice the difference therefore i assume you have never read them and so i wonder how much other of what you try to portray as fact is personal inference. It doesn't matter that we do not have original.. these books are not dr seuss books and the church of satan was not recopying them to keep and distribute and use. The received texts were always around and being switched from church to church.. an apostle wrote them and these texts were cherished not treated like a bad book of limericks.

As god inspired the translators to do a good work, so god also inspired the members of the canonical board to judge fairly as to what books to include. I am completely happy with the canon, the flow and authenticity, authorship, times and dates all work together to compile a most holy book favored by God.

When you exclude god from the picture your arguments don't hold water.

Gods purpose was never to KEEP man from original sin. I will just let you ponder that for a while, think what keeping man from original sin would demand from God. He may have well just created puppets, which he has in the angels for they do his will completely. I thank God i am not a puppet.


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area Author

No, you are not a puppet. But you do believe that those who do not accept your belief system are bound for eternal separation. Don't you?


Trinidad49 5 years ago

I wish i was one of those puppets,the angels to this mighty loving rabid mad god,who might be a failure,which comes from assesing the so called fall of man,the flood 'why couldn't he just finish off humans in the flood.

the lovely,ever-inerrant inspiring 'word of god' says humanity is 6,000 years old,yet common sense practical proof shows that it's much older than that.maybe christians should just worship their macho satan coz they luv talking about him all the tyme and well they get to blame him for most unpleasant things they do in life or sin or evil which amazingly created itself or did it emanate from the perfect all-loving perfect god,i doubt it,it must have even surprised god from whence evil came coz it didn't come from him,mmmh! wait a minute or are there two gods.one of good and another of evil.this god couldn't even conquer sin even after sacrificing himself (read jesus) to himself,sin,whatever that is still exists and this god of nothing but pure love and niceness wants people to believe and accept him,i guess he is so egotistic,why can't he accept people just the way they are instead people have to accept him the way he is rabid rabid mad jealous murderous god who will save only a few.he is so unfair,why did people create this god.they could have created a cool headed rational god.


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area Author

Trinidad49: It's important to remember that the various gods throughout history were not just plucked out of thin air; they had a reason for existing. For instance, in Greece, Rome, Babylon, Persia, India, and the Americas, the gods were created from experiencing the natural world. The winds that blew the houses away were gods; the lightning that started fires were gods. And along with all that, there were flood gods and earthquake gods; sex gods and goddesses, gods of the crops, and of course, evil gods as well. Epidemics, swarms of insects, and cheating spouses were blamed on these evil gods which eventually became demons and evil spirits.

Creating a rational cool headed god was not part of the ancients' mind sets. We have what we have due to superstition, not logic. We just have to accept that and decide our own direction.

It's also important to remember than many human and animal traits are imposed upon all the gods I just mentioned. Reason? It's how the people were able to relate to those gods, to paint them on walls, to create statues of them.

That's how people connected with their gods. They gave them personalities.


Trinidad49 5 years ago

And i also guess that the judaists created their tribal god yahweh or whatever his name is in order to protect their culture and beliefs,to make people tremble and bow before this fearsome and 'loving' god.This would ensure that nobody questioned the jewish beliefs,because if you did you had to face this angry god.i am wondering,did any israelite get stoned according to the bible stories coz of breaking any of the 'ten commandments' i.e if the question is legitimate.if there isn't anyone who was stoned it shows how successful the yahweh inventors were.that may explain why judaism doesn't at all busy itself trying to explain the after life,for them it's unclear or misty.they are non-commital on that,in fact the majority thinks all people will have a chance to reconcile with yahweh save for those deemed too evil ones like adolf hitler (and this also is a minority view).on the other hand christians are obsessed with the afterlife,they live for it and always rejoice that they will see their fellow brethren who never had the intelligence to accept the son of gods(father and holy spirit) jesus christ burning forever.but for judaists they don't like dealing with the matter,they emphasize on the day to day living i.e living right,treating other people well,being kind and this may explain why they created this stern god who wants people to live righteous day to day lives and avoid being too evil,whatever that is to escape everlasting flames.


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area Author

Good points. Most religions hold to good works; evangelical Christianity holds to grace alone, even though St. Paul says faith without works is dead. Contradiction? You bet. Thanks again for your comments.


Trinidad49 5 years ago

Obviously lots and lots of contradiction in the bible coz i av read it and even attempted to memorize all of paul's writings.

This is the reason why there are different schools of thought each giving their versions of bible interpretation pertaining to different chapters and verses,each group claims to know the 'truth' and the right interpretation.one moment the bible says people are saved merely by believing and not by works,the next moment it says a person can't simply flout his/her faith alone but back it with good works,it also details some works which aren't good and gives a warning and damning judgement to those who participate in them and yet in other places it says people are saved by grace and faith alone.what is the meaning of this word 'saved'.is a person saved as long as he maintains good works.romans 8 says the father and his son can't condemn people in any way or for anything coz the god father came up with the plan of salvation while his son executed it and became believer's advocate and in galatians 5 it says if you do this and that you will be condemned and not inherit the kingdom.is god the master of double talk or he wasn't concentrating when dictating to the bible writers his word,word for word or did he hold the writer's hands so that they could write what he wanted,then why the discrepancy.


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area Author

The best policy, I think, is to see the Bible as the human-created document that it is. And since that's so, it must by all natural rights, be flawed. Once a human touches ANYTHING, it is therein flawed.

Finally, even if God had dictated the Bible to its authors, we do not have the original documents, not even good copies of copies of copies of copies of copies of changes of interpretations, of... well, you get the picture.

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