The Devil Made Me Do It

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.)

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12 thoughts on “The Devil Made Me Do It

  1. Renee December 2, 2009 / 9:51 am

    Playing devil’s advocate (ha ha): In religion, while God is omnipotent and omnipresent, humans have free will. So, itisn’t so much that God can’t foil the devil, he just chooses not to. That’s juman free will; to follow God or the devil.

    I don’t necessarily believe in any of it, but that’s the reason Christianity can believe in all of those things.

    • lesleehorner December 2, 2009 / 1:43 pm

      It is easier to live in the duality. God and the Devil, good and bad, happy and sad, rich and poor, etc, etc, etc.

  2. ray December 2, 2009 / 10:16 am

    God, or the Universe, is so large and complex so that whatever we think God is, we’re right because we are all a part of that Universe. There is no way we can be on the outside of it and too myopic to even try to understand.

  3. Rob December 2, 2009 / 11:01 am

    The original Hebrew for the devil translates as ‘the adversary,’ which makes a lot of sense whey you consider that our main job is overcome the belief in a self that’s separate from God. The ‘adversary’ is another name for the collective unconscious that is continually beaming ideas of separation and materiality into OUR consciousnesses.

    Most people are not even aware that this goes on until they catch a glimpse of what are often referred to as “higher states of consciousness,” in which there is a state of Oneness where duality and the material world lose their hypnotic effect on us.

    Ray is right when he says we’re too myopic to understand it, since understanding is usually considered to be an intellectual process. No finite “human” intellect can ever ‘understand’ the infinity of an omnipresent God.

    However, and here is the good news, you CAN experience it (the state of Oneness where “I and my Father are One”) through what JG calls ‘practicing the presence’ and regular meditation. These techniques will gradually ‘thin out the veil’ over time (by dissolving our egoic, dysfunctional ‘little self’) and the ‘mind that was also in Christ Jesus’ will more and more become part of our direct experience.

    But, as Jesus said, ‘the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.’ The reason for this, IMO, is that most people are more than happy to achieve a comfortable ‘human’ life; to them the idea that they should ‘die daily’ to that human self is incomprehensible. I think that’s why JG says that no human being of her own accord would start on this path, it takes a ‘push’ from God, or what he calls the grace of God, to start down that straight and narrow way which eventually leads to the Truth that sets us free. And at that point we can truly say “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”

    • lesleehorner December 2, 2009 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you, Rob, for this enlightening comment! We recently watched the documentary called “In The Shadow of The Moon” and at the end each man summed up their experience of landing on the moon. There was one man (I will have to google it and see if I can find the quote) who spoke so eloquently about that experience of “Oneness” he felt being there. There was no doubt listening to him that he had definitely caught a glimpse of the reality of God and The Universe.

    • lesleehorner December 2, 2009 / 1:46 pm

      YES! I found the quote: Edgar D. Mitchell: “The biggest joy was on the way home. In my cockpit window, every two minutes: The Earth, the Moon, the Sun, and the whole 360-degree panorama of the heavens. And that was a powerful, overwhelming experience. And suddenly I realized that the molecules of my body, and the molecules of the spacecraft, the molecules in the body of my partners, were prototyped, manufactured in some ancient generation of stars. And that was an overwhelming sense of oneness, of connectedness; it wasn’t ‘Them and Us’, it was ‘That’s me!’, that’s all of it, it’s… it’s one thing. And it was accompanied by an ecstacy, a sense of ‘Oh my God, wow, yes’, an insight, an epiphany. “

  4. Rob December 2, 2009 / 2:30 pm

    The human mind likes to categorize and analyze, so in that spirit I’ll mention Mitchell’s experiece can be classified as “unity consciousness.” In unity consciousness Oneness is experienced; the separation (the PERCEIVED separation, it’s not a real separation) between you and God dissolves. This is why people ‘practice the presence’ and meditate – eventually, if you keep at it long enough, these experiences become established in your awareness and “My Kingdom” which is “not of this world” becomes a living reality.

    Mitchell (a very cool guy) has gone on to do a lot of work in this area – he founded the Institute of Noetic Science which studies consciousness and related subjects. If I recall correctly he even did some ESP experiments while he was on one of the Apollo flights.

  5. john cave osborne December 2, 2009 / 5:47 pm

    first off, this is a wonderful post, one which NEVER came across judgmental to me at all.

    second off, i agree with much of what you’ve written, particularly the parts about folks mistaking God for the Devil. people always wanna categorize God as a certain way, conveniently forgetting the wrath of God that is very, very real.

    however, i disagree with you when it comes to the Devil. first off, the Bible tells us all about how Beelzebub fell. i firmly believe in the Devil, and i think his influence is more widespread than many would believe. while i agree that many underestimate the extent to which Ego can act as a detriment, i believe it’s b/c the Ego is easily corrupted by what the Devil does.

    you and i have spoken about our mutual regard for Mere Christianity. Have you read The Screwtape Letters?

    thought-provoking stuff, Leslee, and exactly the type of thing that sets you apart from a lot of the other things i read. you take it deep, and i like that. good stuff, girl… jco

    • lesleehorner December 2, 2009 / 6:43 pm

      I have to say, John, I am not as well-read on the bible as I want to be. I really want to begin my own personal bible study. I read a lot of authors who quote and analyze it and of course learn a lot from the minister at my church, but what I really need/want to do is read and meditate on it myself. It is a difficult book to comprehend and truly grasp, which may be why I have yet to delve into it.

      And I should add a quote from “The Usual Suspects” that my husband loves to spout when I have this conversation with him. “The greatest trick the Devil ever played was convincing the world he doesn’t exist.”

      Nonetheless, for now I am where I am on my path and in my beliefs, but there is always more to learn and explore. And I have not read “The Screwtape Letters,” will have to look into that one.

  6. eastkentuckygal December 2, 2009 / 11:55 pm

    I am full of spiritual questions at this time in my life, and I like what you mentioned about the foundations religion builds in us. Proverbs says raise your children in the way they should go and when they are older they will not depart from it (or along those lines). It is so ingrained and scary to suddenly question the foundations of beliefs that you’ve had since childhood. I am a Christian. I will always be a Christian I believe. Yet, I’m asking more and more what exactly does that mean. I’m questioning religion in general. I think it is good. Maybe it is something about being in my 30s. I can’t say that I don’t believe that there is a devil as of now. I believe God created us out of love and because of that gave all His creation free will so that the love of Him is not forced and therefore not true love. The devil doesn’t act unless God allows it, as in Job, or unless it is something we have brought upon ourselves. That I know is complicated too… What the devil is, now that is a question. Nice post.

  7. Ted Pittman December 5, 2009 / 8:10 am

    I don’t know if the devil is real or not, but it helps me to live a better life when I act as if the devil is real. After all, we choose what we believe in anyway. So, I believe in whatever helps me treat other people with love and whatever prevents me from adding to the confusion and misery on the planet.

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