Originally posted by AProphet1233 I think weak people blame the devil for far too much as it is. It's like, you have to take some
personal responsibility sometimes.
They have to have an actual "person" to blame it on in the first place.. which is hat you're doing here.
To truly understand what Satan actually "is" ... is to let go of the toddler preschool storybook "external anthropomorphic" "character" concept
and to deeply explore the actuality of what the character in the book symbolically represents
concerning our psychology and physiology.
Satan comes from Shaytan which is hebrew for "adversary".
it is very simple really.
we are intellectual animals as people on this planet in primate bodies.
if we are to reach higher ideals, higher levels.. and into a more divine form...
..in order to practice what it takes to reach those higher levels..
.. we must resist certain negative animalistic temptations... which are presented to our mind by what?... that's right.. our BODIES...
like fight or flight instincts in situations that do not garner them...
or over sexing ourselves to the point where it's abusive...
or giving into addiction and habits.... anger.. resentment.. animal instinctual SURVIVAL methods of thinking that stem from animalistic behavior...
sense of LACK.. scarcity.. trying to mark your territory.. competing with others for dominance... etc...
these all stem from chemical processes within our body's organic makeup.
it is up to our MIND to choose whether to follow their urges or not...
Satan.. "IS" our animal bodies... IT is what tempts us.
not some red skinned guy with a pitchfork outside ourselves..
but our animal body is represented in illustrations
of Satan.. as a man with animal features
... which takes from the greek Satyr and
the god Pan. a man with goats legs and horns and a tail and sometimes little bat wings.. just a symbol.. showing the human primate form.. with animal
features.. telling you that this "character".. means... the IDEA of the fact that your body is an animal and it's up to you to choose to be tempted
by it or not.
this is what Satanists understand satan to be.. and what they worship. so you think satanists understand satan more than christians?
i am not a satanist.
do you understand this a little better now?
this method of understanding your animal body can help enrich your life more than the preschool goodguy/badguy storybook action film "out side
yourself" perception the public at large have only perceived it as.
since we're little kiddies.. we are taught stories and legends and watch cartoons and see story archs etc...
as we get older.. some people do not mature in their methods of perceiving ABSTRACT SYMBOLISM.
they just cannot do it.. and they perceive stories and legends the same manner as they did when they were kiddies..
some people learn to open their eyes and see stories as something a bit broader.. and full of metaphor and esoteric ideas portrayed beautifully
through analogies ...allegory..