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on Aug 27th 2003, 19:54:21, Angerona Cerulean wrote the following about

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"Tell me the TRUTH about the Devil !

Does the Devil really exist? Some Satanists view the Devil as the first individual -
the first being to acquire consciousness and self-awareness. This lends itself to free
will and is the true meaning behind Lucifer's »fall from graceWe are all
inheritors of that gift, so if you are asking me what the devil looks like, I would
simply tell you to go look in a mirror. In other words as the Inxs song lyrics read "every
single one of us ... the devil inside." We have a choice as to whether we decide to utilize that
aspect of ourselves.

The most common misconception about the Devil is that the Devil is somehow responsible
for the free will choices we make as individuals. Is the Devil behind all the evil in the world?
It would depend on what you would define as the devil. We, you and I, and all other
individuals are responsible for the evil and all the good as well. Human beings are creatures
of habit and whenever the force of change is introduced to a system it is upsetting,
perceived as »evil

Change itself is the universal constant. Just when you think you've got everything figured
out and all your beliefs neatly categorized, the trickster Satan comes along and whacks you
upside the head with an apparent contradiction. You see, we are being "fooled by the
Devil" because that is how we learn – through our own mistakes! Without problem solving,
existence becomes futile, meaningless! The Devil represents life's onslaughts and challenges
which we must face and overcome to evolve physically and spiritually. John Milton put it
this way, »Satan is the force of change that wills forever evil, but does forever good

Those who trash the Devil are beating up on themselves. The good guy/bad guy mentality
sanctioned by the Islamic and Christian faith is dehumanizing and dangerous. The same
technique is used by the military establishment. When John Allee served in the army during
the Vietnam war, the troops were shown propaganda films depicting Asians as slant-eyed
devils who pillaged and raped women. The objective was to dehumanize the enemy so they
could be killed without conscience. It is effective programming and excellent military
strategy. The point is whether you choose to use it in your own personal life!

More recently, here in the United States, commercial airliners were hijacked by a group of
Islamic fundamentalists who were taught from a very early age that America was "the
Great Satan." With fanatic religious devotion, they commandeered the planes to crash into
strategic locations, killing themselves and everyone aboard, along with thousands of
innocent people. Again, these hijackers were desensitized. They were not murdering men,
women and children; they were vanquishing Satan. Thus, anything that they did, could not
be seen as more evil than what they were attempting to overcome.

Many Christians fear that the Devil wants their soul. Again, you have to understand the
definition of the Devil. Secondly, for there to be want, there must be separation or division.
The source of all life is the One, whose center is everywhere. All layers of intelligence in the
Universe are cut from the same dark cloth. We are it. It is us.

You cannot be separated from your soul. It is what makes you ... you. You may worry
about what the agenda of Satanism really is and what the Devil's purpose is on this planet.
In essence, you are really asking the age-old question, "What is our purpose on earth?
What is the meaning of life?" Free will determines what you believe and how you perceive
things. You are an aspect of divinity, therefore life means exactly what you think it means.
Decide right now whether you will define your life from a perspective of free will or fear.
One path is that of passive acceptance. The other is that of the trail blazer."

John D. Allee, FCoS Founder


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