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The Devil - Evil, Ugly or Just Misunderstood?

How often do you give the devil thought?  How many times have you heard someone lay claim that the devil or his demons were responsible for their behaviors?  Does the devil really make you do things or is that just an excuse?

Often we are told that the devil is ugly and that he is the cause of all our misfortunes, our sinful actions and even our addictions. This is a misconception that has been handed to us by churches, our parents and even the schools.



Appearance of the Devil

Keeping in mind, the bible was written many years ago and the English that was spoken is old and had many meanings, let us examine it's translation about the devil.

Satan was an angel of honor.  God anointed him and God referred to him as the son of the morning. Son and not sun, meaning that God held the devil in the same light as his son, Jesus Christ.  

One has to wonder if the appearance of Satan is that of all angels and if so, does this mean all angels have horns, a tail, are ugly and red?  Have we been given this image of Satan to scare us from being enticed by him?  Satan may not be ugly as we are led to believe but God did judge him and warns us of him.

Is The Devil Responsible For Our Actions?

I will not claim that the devil is innocent but in many cases, he is just taking the blame for our own bad behavior.  The devil does not force us to lie, cheat, steal, be abusive, kill or most anything else.  God gave man free will and God also is within each and every one of us.

I think much like myself, we all have compulsive actions we regret later.  Often I react a certain way to situations and in the end, I have to deal with the circumstance.  I really have no one to blame but myself for I am in control.  Our actions are based on who we are and the experiences of the past, the devil had no hand in it.  He is not there to judge us but there only to take charge of us after all our sinning, providing we are not granted forgiveness from God himself.

Does God and The Devil Have a Relationship?

For some reason our teachings tell us that God and the devil are adversaries.  Looking at the bible without bias, it is quite the opposite.  In the book of Job, not only does God have a conversation with Satan, he gives Satan full approval to torture Job.  Looking at it through my eyes, one would almost see Job as a game piece and at the mercy of Satan himself.

Does God and The Devil Have a Relationship?

For some reason our teachings tell us that God and the devil are adversaries.  Looking at the bible without bias, it is quite the opposite.  In the book of Job, not only does God have a conversation with Satan, he gives Satan full approval to torture Job.  Looking at it through my eyes, one would almost see Job as a game piece and at the mercy of Satan himself.




Quotes from Chapter 2 of the King James Bible
005: But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
006: And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
007: So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.