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Many ancient religions have scriptures detailing the struggle between good and evil.
For instance, in the Zoroastrian religion, one of the world's earliest, the supreme deity, Ormazd, created two entities: the chaotic and destructive spirit Ahriman and his beneficent twin brother, Spenta Mainyu, said Abner Weiss, a psychologist and the rabbi at the Westwood Village Synagogue in Los Angeles.
"The ancient world struggled with the coexistence of good and evil," Weiss told Live Science. "They hypothesized a kind of demonic, divine force that was responsible for evil, arising out of the notion that a good god could not be responsible for bad things."
Angra Mainyu, In ancient Persian (Iran) religion and books of Zoroastrianism, Angra Mainyu is the god of darkness, the eternal destroyer of good, personification and creator of evil, bringer of death and disease. He is also known as Ahriman, and his name means "fiendish spirit". He is seen as the personification of evil, he leading the dark forces against the hosts of Spenta Mainyu, the holy spirit, who assisted Ahura Mazda, the wise lord, and final victor of the cosmic conflict. Ahriman introduced the frost in winter, heat in summer, all manner of diseases and other ills, to thwart Ahura Mazda, and he also created the dragon Azi Dahaka, who brought ruin to the Earth. When Ahura Mazda created the heavens, Azi Dahaka sprung into the sky like a snake, and in opposition to the stars formed the planets. Both Ahriman and Ormazd were offspring of Zurvan Akarana, who had vowed that the firstborn should reign as king. Ahriman thus ripped open his mother's womb, and Zurvan pronounced that he should rule only for nine thousand years, after which period his twin brother should reign in his place. Ahriman's chief weapon was concupiscence, through which all that was his should be devoured, even his own creation. There was a female counterpart of Ahriman, called Az, and it is said that when Ahriman saw the righteous man he swooned, and lay in a faint for three thousand years, until the 'accursed whore', Jeh, awoke him and defiled men with her destructive spirit, introducing fear, jealousy, lust and greed into man. Ahriman lives in darkness, in a place where all those who do evil go to after their demise (Hell) and his symbol is the snake. He is what in Christian religion can be called Satan.
originally posted by: BlueShaman
All religions needs a bad guy, a scary figure that keeps their flock from going astray and that brings in a steady influx of new sheep. Just like the boogeyman is used to scare children into eating their food, the devil is used to scare people into believing and staying loyal to the church and God.
originally posted by: MamaJ
Another thread is currently going on that speaks on behalf of "Satans secret" in Revelations.
Here is what I put there ( below paragraphs) however it seems as if you quickly linked the origin in which Religion began the duality of God. The true origin is in my opinion on the scene in Genesis if you want to refer to the Bible.... with the serpent being the Duality of God.
Again here is what I put forth in another thread. www.abovetopsecret.com...
"I wanted to add to this thread this morning just to get some truth to the thread as I see it from a pov of reading and researching this since 1995, religiously. (pun intended)
It's my opinion "satan" or "devil" the duality of God, first came on the scene as a being not within our self but outside our self from Zoroastrianism between 1500–1200 BCE. Maybe even before then however I haven't found the evidence yet.
The Christian religion does indeed teach "satan" as being a fallen angel however other texts say we are ALL fallen. Let it be noted the Judean religion does not believe in satan as Christians do. Not many religions do. They ( Jews) describes Satan as the angel who is the embodiment of man's challenges. HaSatan works for G-d. His job is to make choosing good over evil enough of a challenge so that it can be a meaningful choice. In other words, haSatan is an angel whose mission it is to add difficulty, challenges, and growth experiences to life. Contrast this to Christianity, which sees Satan as God's opponent. www.shamash.org...
Within each of us is the tension of free will. When we are overcome with darkness we can then be said to be "attacked by satan" and this is more along the lines of truth. Satan is a creation just like you and I. The duality of good and bad are along the same literal line of truth. You can't have light without the dark via "Reason". ( “duality” is the nature in which anything and everything holds opposing truths: all of which are true) This link highexistence.com... is a really good read to understand duality.
Eve listening to the serpent is like us listening to our lower self.
We create our own adversities within and then such energy is transferred abroad.
All the other dogmatic twists of the truth are just that... dogmatic (inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true).
Im not knocking the Bible at all... Im knocking the interpretation and translations have been lost. People follow teachings blindly.
Even Hermes is said to have been Satan. It's a play on words and if people knew the history of their soul through out times past they would understand their journey is the same as that of the soul of Jesus. Some say Jesus has in times past had other names. Hermes is one of them. Melchizedek another. Job? Also said to be the same soul. If you go back and read about these 3 people you may understand why people have made this judgement. Just as we see in nature... we evolve. We evolve spiritually within eternity because we are here for a purpose and the purpose is known before we enter the womb, to those who watch over us, and in the depths of our soul we know why we are here. We have to rise just as the soul of Jesus. When he died on the cross he said, "it's finished". We will be saying that too when our time on Earth comes to an end for the final time. We will have evolved into at-one-ment.
If the veil were lifted and mist was gone we would all have peace on Earth. What is going on in modern day is from seeds that were sown thousands of years ago to control and cause fear to a mass population and still exists today. Wars and the rumors of wars are caused from said seed. We are in the harvesting stage and spiritual warfare is happening in real time. We are all struggling within to understand the world in which we live and it causes major distress with our spirit. We are slaves to a system we do not like. We are no longer free, but burdened by the darkness.
Light will overcome the darkness, always does. There isn't anything to fear but fear itself. Just as the BIG Bang had order out of chaos so will we. We will eventually come to a state of mind whereas we will all be free of the chaos and the human attributes of self will be obsolete. Order of peace and reason will prevail. "
originally posted by: Noinden
a reply to: Mianeye
Also where did Jehovah come from? Because that is an important question as well.
originally posted by: BlueShaman
All religions need a bad guy, a scary figure that keeps their flock from going astray and that brings in a steady influx of new sheep. Just like the boogeyman is used to scare children into eating their food, Satan is used to scare people into believing and staying loyal to the church and God.
The Hasids, a Jewish sect whose name translates into "The Holy Ones," were the first group in Judeo-Christian history to seriously discuss Satan, she said. The Hasids lived just before the Common Era and didn't like how the Romans and some of their Jewish collaborators ruled their country, Pagels said.
So, the Hasids withdrew from Jewish society and began preaching about the end of times, when God would destroy all of the evil people, "which meant all of the Romans and all of the Jews who cooperated with them," Pagels said.
The Hasids took a radical position: They said that they were following God, while their enemies had turned to the dark side, possibly without even knowing it. "So now, it's the 'Sons of God' against the 'Sons of Darkness,'" Pagels said. "It's a split Jewish group."
The Hasids likely had a big influence on early Christianity, because Jesus and John the Baptist preached similar ideas to those of the Hasids. That is, they said that the end of the world was coming and that God wouldn't tolerate evil people, Pagels said. This meant the Romans and the people working with them, she said.