One meter stick I use regarding religion is, shun anything that requires obedience or worship; it's really about power and control of the mind.
God is unchanging and never becomes anything different. Nothing can be added to are subtracted from God. Certainly he could never become Satan or any
other being. Beings develop in consciousness, over a very extended process. Those at the very top create universes, to maintain the balance but they
are not God. We who are barely sentient, cannot imagine the power and greatness of very advanced beings because we are very simple with extremely
limited comprehension. We should all embrace true humility because that is how we grow. Our existence must ultimately commit to the common good. Pride
is a disease. Below are a few wise words from Taoism.
Therefore the wise person says:
I do nothing, and people become good by themselves. I seek peace, and people take care of their own problems. I do not meddle in their personal lives,
and the people become prosperous. I let go of all my desire to control them,
and the people return to their natural ways.
The Tao Te Ching is very much based in observable reality. Lao Tzu observed his society and noticed different things that caused troubles. He
The highest good is not to seek to do good,
but to allow yourself to become good. The ordinary person seeks to do good things,
and finds that they cannot do them continually.
The wise person does not force virtue on others,
and thus is able to accomplish their task. The ordinary person who uses force,
will find that they accomplish nothing.
The kind person acts from the heart,
and accomplishes a multitude of things. The righteous person acts out of pity, yet leaves many things undone. The moral person will act out of duty,
and when no one will respond
will roll up his sleeves and uses force.
When people cease acting in a natural way, they create "righteousness."
When righteousness is forgotten, they create morality. When morality is forgotten, they create laws. The law is the husk of faith,
and trust is the beginning of chaos.