A while back I mentioned in a post that I do not believe in The Devil and needless to say all hell broke loose (no pun intended). I have finally mustered up the nerve to write about why it is I feel this way.
First off I will say that I do buy into the idea of evil energies. There is no doubt there are sociopaths that commit evil deeds without any real motive at all. An author and psychic I’ve read, Sylvia Browne, has written her theories on these people. She suggest that their “punishment” for the evil they possess is to reincarnate over and over again without ever finding peace in the afterlife. In essence, her idea is that the earthly life and body is hell for them. This seems like a reasonable theory, although I am not sure if I believe it completely.
What I do believe is that the vast majority of us are inherently good. We are all interwoven and connected and the thread that binds us is the divinity within us. I think that we have two forces working on and in our lives: God and Ego. God is the driving force that fills us with excitement and inspiration. God is the tug in our chest or inner voice that screams at us not to get in the car on the day of the accident. (If you remember a lot of people were spared on 9/11 b/c they listened to an inner voice that urged them to change the routine.) God is the love that fills our hearts when our friends find success and peace in their lives. When we follow that voice we are left feeling a zest for life. The other voice is our Ego. Ego screams to us out of fear. It tells us there is not enough. It manifests itself as greed, jealousy, anxiety, confusion, and rage. Ego tells us we are all alone and the only way to find our place is to jump on the closest bandwagon and hold on for dear life. Just like God, Ego is a part of all of us. Ego is our human nature and it is the closest thing to The Devil that exists.
Personally I think very often people confuse God with The Devil. I don’t think God wants us to get complacent. God forces us to ask questions and seek answers. Sometimes that is scary, sometimes it means walking away from a relationship, job, or religion that has felt like a foundation in our lives. Sometimes we misunderstand God’s guidance and make mistakes. Sometimes our mistakes are God’s plan because they bring us closer to the reality of who we are and what is valuable in our lives. Because of this, I think that “the devil made me do it” or “the devil is pulling me away” is a cop out excuse. If questions arise in your life and new ideas are presented to you, it may just be God offering you a new path to explore. The real “devil” in this situation is the EGO that screams at you to cling to old ideas even if they are no longer serving you and the world.
Most of what I have written thus far is just my opinion and may come across as judgmental, but I did want to close on one final note as to why I do not believe in The Devil. Omnipotence! If God is Omnipotent than how can there be a force strong enough to outwit God on occasion? If God is Omnipresent than how can there be an outside force that pulls people away from God? I do not believe there is. God is all powerful and always with us. It is our choice, free will, to decide if we want to wake up to that connection or stay trapped in the duality of humanity. (I also wanted to mention that I was first presented with the idea in this paragraph…which makes more sense to me than anything else…in Joel S. Goldsmith’s teachings.)