The concept of an evil entity or entities who are trying to cause people to do bad things is a concept that is probably as old as human history. Perhaps it began when someone committed a wrong against someone and needed a scapegoat – someone to blame their sins on. In modern times, the popular phrase used to be, “The Devil made me do it.” Some people picture a Devil with horns and a pitchfork. Others describe him as a goat with hooves. Some people describe the Devil as a force, rather than a being, who can be everywhere at the same time to tempt people.
“There really is no sin as it is known in the world. The only thing that has any meaning in the spirit world is what we think. The very core of our being is perfect love and light.” (Jayne Smith)
“There is no evil in any human soul. It is the lack of love that distorts people. We are designed by God to self-correct, just like the rest of the universe. No one is lost because everyone is already saved.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)
“The more we exercise our individual consciousness and free will for self-interest, self-gratification, self-centeredness, and self-consciousness, the more we heightened our sense of self apart from the Whole. This separation of self from the Whole is what people call ‘sin.'” (Edgar Cayce)
“The greatest enemy we can face is ourselves.” (George Anderson)
“Hell refers to levels of negative thought-forms that reside in close proximity to the Earth realm. It is where we go to work out, or remain within, our hang-ups, addictions, fears, guilt, angers, rage, regrets, self-pity, arrogance, or whatever else blocks us from the power of our own light. We stay in hell (and there are many divisions to this vibratory level) for however long best serves our development. There is no condemnation here, only the outworking of our own misjudgments, mistakes, misalignments, and misappropriations – what some people call ‘sin/'” (P.M.H. Atwater)
“Negative thought vibrations out of ignorance. High vibrations indicate love and spiritual development, while low vibrations indicate debasement and evil.” (Arthur Yensen)
“Evil and the devil do not exist. What people consider ‘evil’ is really ignorance and stupidity. Hitler was not an evil man per se. He was just so incredibly ignorant he was practically retarded at a spiritual level. Such people are to be pitied and our unconditional love should extended even to him. It is difficult to hate such a person who is retarded.” (Kevin Williams)
“The sin and Satan we live is that of our own creation.” (Sherry Gideon)
“Ego is always LOVE’S opposite. Love raises vibration and ego lowers it. Ego is a mental essence that each of us is made to endure for as long as we walk the planet. Ego is that thing that tells us in our mind, “No you can’t do that … because you’re not talented, thin, good-looking, wealthy, intelligent, young, strong, interesting or intuitive ENOUGH!” This is the voice of the Liar. The Liar is the voice of ego. Let me put it this way: wherever there is separation, condemnation, self-doubt, lack-mentality, bitterness, hostility or segregation … you can best be sure ego is not far behind. Ego wants to keep you earthbound and Heavenless for as long as it can. It is an essence that has been sent here to learn just as you have. However, it has a duty to challenge each of us and cause us to learn as it learns for itself.
There is nothing to fear about the ego. It is just a fragile, spoiled child that screams and rants until it gets what it wants. And like any child, if you ignore it during its temper flare long enough, sooner or later it will get the message that those kinds of methods are not productive and will not yield positive results. If you understand the ego, you will understand the concept of the devil. Satanic frequency is the LOW-RANGE frequency that surrounds us in our collective thinking. It is the opposite of the HIGH, INCOMPREHENSIBLE LOVING frequency of God.
Please hear me out on something…be careful of the music you listen to, the movies or TV you watch, the gossip or negative speaking you participate in. All these things LOWER the Soul’s vibration. Lower vibration brings depression, disillusionment, disease and despair. The lower our Soul’s vibration falls, the more these dark things come upon us. Once you fall into LOWER vibration, immediately seek to amend it with LOVING, HIGHER VIBRATIONAL THOUGHT. It is like anything else, the more you put into something, that is what the end result will be.” (Christian Andreason)
“There is no devil. But if there is one, he would have to be an insane angel who was crazy enough to fight with God, which would be as futile as for us to try to stop the sunrise. The devil is a mythological character invented by humans and used for a scapegoat. Grown people with immature minds like to blame the devil for their misdeeds instead of acting like people and taking the blame themselves. However, there may be earthbound spirits of low vibrations, whom we may regard as devils because they annoy us through mental telepathy. These demons tune in on us through our low vibrations of hate, fear and greed. They can be tuned out with unselfish love, or if necessary be chased away by the stronger spirit of Jesus Christ. There’s an old saying, Birds of a feather, flock together. The way to be rid of the devil is not to be like him.” (Arthur Yensen)
“Just knowing the bad mistakes you made through your carelessness or your selfishness is a hell. You don’t need a devil prodding you with a fork. Believe me, your own anguished mind is a prod that is more hurtful than any prodding with a devil’s fork. I met a man over here who said that he would gladly exchange good old Dante’s Inferno for the mental anguish he was experiencing over guilt feelings from wrong actions he had taken on Earth in certain business matters. In Dante’s Inferno he would be able to complain that the devil was doing this to him, whereas now he had no devil to complain of because the devil was himself. Whether there is a negative personal being who can be called the devil I cannot say. I have not seen anyone personified as the devil. There certainly is an evil force which builds up from the negative aspects of life and has a tremendous influence. Thought forms which are evil certainly play a part, but I don’t think they are the whole answer.” (Margaret Tweddell)
“If we are convinced a devil is out there to trick or deceive us, and if we have already pictured in our minds what this devil looks like and what he plans on doing, we should really not be surprised when our worst fears are confirmed. The devils we create become real and solid in the next dimension because we created them.” (Jerry Gross)
Satan as the Gnostic God of This World
The Christian Gnostics believed in a very different version of the origins of humanity and divinity compared to orthodox Christianity and Judaism. They believed the God of the Old Testament, Yahweh, was a Satan-like figure. What follows is the Gnostic view of Satan:
The Gnostics believed it was an evil deity who created the fallen material world – a realm they considered to be one of the lowest heavens in the hierarchy of heavens. For this reason, Gnostics believed the flesh and the material world was evil. They believed this evil deity was the god of this world who ruled and controlled the material universe. The Gnostics believed this god was ignorant of the true God of heaven – the creator of the spirit realms. According to Gnostic theology, the evil creator god was the one who trapped souls into flesh. Adam and Eve were created in a paradise by the evil god so that they can praise and worship this god. When Adam and Eve disobeyed him by becoming knowledgeable of good and evil, this god becomes infuriated and chased the first human couple out of paradise and threatened their descendants.
The Gnostics viewed the creator deity as evil because he was bloodthirsty and full of jealousy, wrath and vengeance. The Gnostics rejected this evil deity because this god believed that he alone was deity by declaring, “I am God and there is no other God beside me” and demanded all humanity to worship him. The Gnostics believed it was this tribal deity who demanded Jesus be killed partly because of Jesus’ teachings that we are gods. This jealous god eventually regretted creating humanity and in his wrath he drowned the whole world in a flood. Afterward, he became a tribal deity and exercised world rule aimed at enslaving man through laws and animal sacrifices. He declared he would reward those who worship him with material gains. But he demanded that people fear him and when they did not, he destroyed multitudes of people for failure to do so. The Gnostics believed Jesus came to free people from the slavery of the evil law and taught secret doctrines to his disciples on how to escape from the trap of birth and rebirth. (Christian Gnosticism)
Kabbalah’s Teaching of Too Much Receiving and Not Enough Giving Creates a “Satan”
The Jewish mysticism of Kabbalah teaches that God is the Source from whom we all came. God needs nothing, lacks nothing and desires nothing because God has everything and is everything. For this reason, God can only give. Before the fall of souls from God into the flesh, souls needed to discover what it meant to be God-like, that is, what it meant to give. Kabbalah teaches that if a person does nothing but receive, they develop an unnatural Satan condition of selfishness. Kabbalah teaches that this was the reason why souls left their positions with God. It is the plan of God that humans learn how to give and receive. Those humans who mostly receive and not give are susceptible of developing this Satan condition. Those who learn to give selflessly are developing a godly condition. (Kabbalah)
Mainstream Christians consider Satan (also known as Lucifer, Beelzebul or the Devil) to be an archangel who led a rebellion in heaven and fell from grace because of pride and was therefore cast out of heaven to Earth:
“Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon [Satan], and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” (Revelation 12:7-9)
Satan is then viewed as persecuting Jesus, his mother and all of Jesus’ followers who keep his commandments:
“When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman [Mary] who had given birth to the male child [Jesus]. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpents reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the Earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring – those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” (Revelation 12:13-17)
Traditional Christianity holds that Satan’s “sin” was thinking he was equal to God and rebelling against Him. This rebellious angel is viewed as one who tempts us to do evil. Supposedly, one of the most evil things Satan tempts us to do is to think that we are God. So those who believe in the essential divinity of all life are often accused of committing Satan’s sin, and of being under his influence – as Jesus was accused of when he quoted Psalm 82:6 to defend himself as being the “Son of God” by saying “you are gods” (John 10:30-36).
According to the Christian mystic, Edgar Cayce, “Satan” and the Book of Revelation is the symbolic account of “the fall of all human souls” and their ultimate restoration as permanent citizens of heaven – similar to Jesus’ symbolic parable of the Prodigal Son.
Cayce revealed that all human souls were created before the universe began and none have been created since. Some of these human souls left their abode in heaven and some became trapped on Earth in flesh are now finding their way back to God through the cycle of evolution and reincarnation:
“Our minds are led by the spirit we are entertaining, the spirit of God or the spirit of the devil – self. This spiritual force of selfishness is the false god referred to as Satan. It is the collective unconscious rebellion of humanity against God. This collective unconscious rebellion is manifested as self-centeredness, self-gratification, self-seeking, self-righteousness, self-glorification, self-consciousness, self-indulgence, self-deception, self-serving, self-condemnation, self-absorbed, self-importance, selfishness, SELF. It is the force of the unevolved animalistic nature (the “beast”) within humans. Satan is the unregenerated lower self that wars against the Higher Self within every human being. Jesus, on the other hand, went to the cross to fulfill his mission of showing humans the way to “crucify” their lower nature. Through a person’s Higher Self of unconditional love – the manifestation of God – a person can attain at-one-ment with the divine nature within. This Higher Self is the Spirit of self-sacrifice, self-denial, selflessness, self-effacing, self-discipline, self-control, self-restraint, self-respect – the divine self that is a part of God and which wars against the lower self.” (Edgar Cayce)
Edgar Cayce revealed that the greatest enemy we will ever have to face is self.
Cayce interpreted the Book of Revelation to be the story of humanity overcoming the enemy within. In Revelation, Babylon is symbolic of our selfish desires that cause us to war against ourselves and others. Armageddon is a battle between the beast nature of our animalistic lower self and the lamb – the divine nature of our Higher Self. Once the lower self is overcome by the higher self, the devil (self-will) is cast into the Abyss (the divine will suppressing the self-will). The result of this is the Kingdom of heaven (the rule of the Holy Spirit within) as it comes to Earth (the human body). Genesis is the story of humanity’s fall from heaven. Revelation is the story of humanity being restored to God. It is paradise lost and then paradise found. (Edgar Cayce)