Originally posted by Amaterasu
Given that I believe that "God" is Consciousness, the answer is both "yes" and "no." Aspects of Consciousness, creating the Now, dislike.
I tend to agree with this outlook. When we over-literalize (meaning read through earthly, carnal eyes) the Eden account (and the whole bible for that
matter) we are left with a big jumbled mess of confusion and contradictions. This perfectly explains why we have thousands of conflicting Christian
denominations who all use the same book.
Understanding that "God" is not some person or individual who is separate from all things can go a long way towards being able to better reconcile
the seeming contradicting aspects of "God's" character.
All creatures and beings are merely projections of the Universal Mind or Universal Consciousness known as "God." Every thought, word, and deed -
good, bad, and insignificant - of all creatures is a representation, and outflowing, of God Source in some way. And all creatures are merely
fractalized microcoms of "God."
For example, all people, from the holiest to the most wicked, have within themselves the ability to accuse and demand punishment, as well as the
ability to forgive and look past transgressions. The word "satan" means (amongst other things) "accuser." Satan is not some separate entity
from "God," nor some anti - god. Satan is merely that aspect of the God Source consciousness that recognizes transgression and the need for
judgment against it.
To counterbalance this, we have the one many know as "the Christ," that being, of course Yahshua, the sacrifical lamb. This man was and is the
archetype, or example, for the best way towards spiritual growth and closeness to our divine Light and origins. Love and forgivness, doing harm to
none, and refusing to repay evil with evil are all beneficial towards our spiritual growth.
Satan and the Christ exist within every one of us, just as they exist within the "Mind of God." The universe and all dimensions are the mind of
God, even the divine dream of God, and we are all a part of It. And at the same time, one with it, being inseparable from the mind in which we exist,
even as characters in our own dreams seem separate from us while we dream, and yet when we wake up, we realize everything and everyone in our dream
were merely projections of our own mind.