I wonder if the devil has a devil.
I wonder if the devil’s devil has made him a devil
so he can make us little devils.
We know that sin got into the earth through the devil, at least that is what we are taught in our Sunday Schools and children’s churches, but I’ve always wondered how sin got into Heaven. Pride, arrogance and covetousness were the first few wrongs that Lucifer committed, and there was no mention of another Lucifer who tempted them. Those who have seen the devil [how? where? lol] claim that he, or she, or neither, looks androgynous; that is a discussion for another day, or maybe not. I don’t want to disqualify anyone’s visions; life is so complex and there is no all-in-all framework for what is or is not possible, and what can or cannot be seen.
Maybe all beings are inherently imperfect or sinful. The devil may be present to aid and abet [how?] but if you don’t want to jump down from the top of the building, he won’t push you. Claiming that the devil made you do this or that is a form of psychopathy. That’s why religion makes pretenders out of people; I may be wrong. We bind and cast the devil for encouraging us to eat the fruit, but we don’t bind and cast ourselves, because we can’t. We ask for forgiveness when we think we’ve broken one of God’s laws without really understanding how what we’ve done is wrong. If we thought it was wrong, we wouldn’t have done it in the first place, but our very selves didn’t see anything wrong with it. We enjoyed it. Think about it; it’s a ‘good versus evil’ morality thing.
God put the forbidden fruit there. I have always wondered why- if you don’t want them to touch it, don’t put it there- but we as human beings aren’t supposed to think about things like that to “avoid God’s wrath”. I have listened to several teachings that prove, to a reasonable extent, that the Bible is basically a code, and none of the words are to be taken literally. If you don’t understand the original language that the Bible was written in, and the contexts in which the words were used by the authors, you would never be able to comprehend what has been stated beyond what you can read. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was not necessarily a physical tree in the middle of a physical garden. I am not going to make any reference to the occult, so, for the purpose of this writing, let’s assume that it was.
Eve probably ate it so she could blame the devil, and she gave it to her man, not just because it tasted good but she knew it wouldn’t just be her that’d be affected by the consequences. She probably didn’t think about eating it only when the devil told her to; she was only waiting for the right time. Who says Adam wasn’t eyeing the tree too? Now that he had two entities to share the consequences with, he ate the fruit without much ado. That’s about as human and sinful as it can get. The devil didn’t need to whisper in Adam’s ears before he ate it, before he sinned.
Do I know where I’m going with all these? No. What I’m saying is that it’s pretty natural for us to commit wrongs; the devil only points our attention to the ‘sin’ if we haven’t already noticed it. The sin is committed by us. We shouldn’t separate our selves from ourselves and begin to hold divine expectations for ourselves. It is pretty natural to have human desires because that is what we still are, although it becomes far more restrained when we seek to only pursue the things that (the Christian) God finds honourable. We don’t suddenly become spirits when we pledge our allegiance to God.
I guess that’s why David quickly became a man after God’s heart, and he wasn’t even a High Priest. He cut the “Satan made me do it” bullshit. He knew he wanted Bathsheba.
Religion shouldn’t make us distance ourselves from our selves, so much so that we begin to judge others for being human, promising them eternity in hell. I get very quickly irritated when Christians do that.
The devil did not make you do it; at most he encouraged you [“encouraged you”, lol, this is also bullshit] but you did it. Whether or not you are sorry for doing it, or you feel you need to be sorry, is up to you and God. Stating that any natural, human feeling you have after surrendering to God (that could lead to sin) is of the devil is a lie.
You are the devil. You think there’s a devil somewhere who has nothing better to do all day than to whisper in your ear to steal an extra piece of meat, cheat in a test or lie to your father? Really? Stop it.