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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Heaven Calls The Devil

Heaven Calls The Devil

     A word of caution first, This article is written with my own personal point of view with the help of various sources to the specific topic that are discussed;It does not involve a negative attitude towards Christianity or any other religion or show any disrespect to respective believers.

     The Satan, Lucifer or the Devil as we know is an evil to us. That is a defined fact that we take for granted. The GOD – The all mighty is the savior of the human race. All this can pretty much in the next few minutes, as I unfold some facts about the matter.
In the article whenever I will be using the word GOD or DEVIL, it will be strictly on the symbolic level & not pointing out any person or religion. I strongly doubt the existence of GOD or DEVIL for any case, although there may be a possibility of a political or religious leader like Jesus could have existed.

     The Devil is referred as LUCIFER, and the very meaning of Lucifer is "light-bearer", which should begin to clue his symbolic importance. The story is God threw Lucifer out of heaven because Lucifer had started to question God and was spreading dissension among the angels. We must remember the point of view is depicted by God. The truth can just as easily be that Lucifer resigned from Heaven.

     The God being the well documented sadist that he is, no doubt wanted to keep Lucifer around so that he could punish him and try to get Lucifer back under his power. Probably what really happened was Lucifer came to hate God’s kingdom, his sadism, his demand for slavish conformity and obedience, his psychotic rage at any display of independent thinking and behavior. Lucifer realized that he could never think for himself and could certainly not act on his independent thinking so long as he was under God’s control. Therefore he left heaven and was accompanied by some of the angels who had had enough courage to question God’s authority and his value-perspective.

      Lucifer is the embodiment of reason, of intelligence, of critical thought. He stands against the dogma of God and all other dogmas. He stands for exploration of new ideas and new perspectives in the pursuit of truth. God demands we believe everything that he tells us, that we do everything he says without questioning. Here is how he threatens the followers: SILENCE FOOL. HOW DARE YOU QUESTION ME. I AM GOD AND YOU MUST OBEY ME WITHOUT QUESTIONING. ACCEPT WHAT I SAY ON FAITH. BURN THOSE WHO DARE QUESTION MY WORD. DESTROY THEIR BOOKS. SHUT DOWN THEIR SCHOOLS. TELL THEM THAT DISOBEDIENCE MEANS THAT THEY WILL BURN FOREVER AND EVER, IN UNIMAGINABLE AGONY FOR ALL ETERNITY, AND REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL SUFFER THE SAME UNLESS YOU GO OUT AND TELL THEM THIS. And the followers will do so. Yes Sir, God Sir, whatever you say, See, here I am burning their books, banning the use of anesthetic in child-bearing ( since the pain is their just punishment for the acts of Adam and Eve).Help! I thought an improper thought! Help me to blind my mind God, help me to not see what my reason tell me. Let me repress thoughts of sexual desire, doubts about you, and orders, feelings of tolerance.

          They call Lucifer the Prince of Lies. A lie is defined by the Christian as anything which contradicts the Word of God- as told to us by the Bible and God’s representatives on Earth. If we accept this definition of a “lie”, then we should praise lies. A “lie” is then a questioning of blind dogma. The “lies” of Lucifer are attacks on irrational beliefs, beliefs based on fear and conformity to authority. Of course we should not call these lies. They are temptation to think for ourselves, a call for independent thought, take responsibility of our own thinking & our own lives. Praise Lucifer! Praise the pursuit of truth through rationality. Independent thinkers do not make good slaves. Its so much easier to just not try to think. To sit back and let other people tell you what to do, what to believe. What if I had to think for myself, I would have to face the fact that I might be wrong.
The God hate Lucifer who keeps turning up and tempting us to have a good time, to enjoy our lives. Adam & Eve’s sin was to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. They dared to disobey a direct order which God expected them to obey without question, blindly. They acquired reason & intelligence, and an ability to decide for themselves the values that they would pursue.

  God tries to inflict upon us the guilt of original sin to promote the need of true self-sacrifice. He demands true self-sacrifice and not as giving up minor value to achieve a more important one ( which is just one aspect of rationality).

  You all must not be mistaken me as a Devil-ist or Lucifer follower may I say so. Then again we will be doing the same mistakes all over again by
following something blindly. A religion is a complex structure. All complex structures are mixtures of some good things and some bad things. We must take out the things which are positive from it. In this case some of the principles of Lucifer.

The Devil Inside Us!

        You might think that I am crazy to address that Devil resides in us. but believe me its true. We are not Good or Evil by born, What we are is what we choose to be. A simple instance can explain this. When a aged man slips & falls to ground at a crowded market place a little boy laughs out loud seeing the funny side of it, but his parents scold him & tell him to respect the old man & show some sympathy. Here the little boy reacts spontaneously to the incident , While his parents who are grown ups & have inherited much more complex thinking treat the matter differently, suppressing their own childish response. Laughing out to some one in bother can seem cruel, but its rather seeing the more positive funny side of it. So is the devil inside laughs it out; but as we become more complex we bog down to rules & give in to the society. Let the devil inside come out..... as its not all bad..its not the power of GOD, but its the power of GOOD ; the power of YOU!

A Doha by Sant Kabir explains it all by itself !

Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala,   Bura Naa Milya Koye
Jo Munn Khoja Apnaa,   To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye

 [I searched for the crooked man, met not a single one
Then searched myself, "I" found the crooked one]

-by Sant Kabir

  On a personal note disbelief in god is not what I intend everyone to understand, but believing in one’s self is what I intend upon expressing. If I am not a believer of a certain religion, I must respect their belief as much as I count on mine. The main reason for writing this article is to achieve more of a liberal view within us and also have courage to question every thing. To respect others; as well as your self. So this will provide a broader perspective and have a choice. Yes! choice ; Choice for what we want to become.

Thoughts of few of the greats on Evil and Goodness and everything they truly stand for.

“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.” 

― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

“God did not create evil. Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God.” 

― Albert Einstein

“What if evil doesn't really exist? What if evil is something dreamed up by man, and there is nothing to struggle against except out own limitations? The constant battle between our will, our desires, and our choices?” 

― Libba BrayRebel Angels

“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.” 

― George Bernard Shaw

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” 

― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.” 

― Anthony BurgessA Clockwork Orange

“The fact is that we have no way of knowing if the person who we thinkwe are is at the core of our being. Are you a decent girl with the potential to someday become and evil monster, or are you an evil monster that thinks it's a decent girl?"

"Wouldn't I know which one I was?"

"Good God, no. The lies we tell other people are nothing to the lies we tell ourselves.” 

― Derek LandyDeath Bringer

“The best men are not consistent in good-- why should the worst men be consistent in evil.” 

― Wilkie CollinsThe Woman in White

“Man cries, his tears dry up and run out. So he becomes a devil, reduced to a monster.” 

― Kohta Hirano

“Maybe it’s not as clear-cut as that. Maybe it’s the very presence of one thing – light or darkness – that necessitates the existence of the other.

Think about it, people couldn’t become legendary heroes if they hadn’t first done something to combat darkness. Doctors could do no good if there weren’t diseases for them to treat.” 

― Jessica Shirvington

“And one of the elders of the city , said , speak to us of good and evil.

And he answered :
You are good in countless ways , and you are not evil when you are not good .” 

― Kahlil GibranThe Prophet

“I have never met any really wicked person before. I feel rather frightened. I am so afraid he will look just like every one else.” 

― Oscar WildeThe Importance of Being Earnest

“Good and Evil are opposite points on a circle, Dr. Chiver. Greater good is just halfway back to Bad.” 

― Sheri HolmanThe Dress Lodger

                                     “Every 'no' is a 'yes' to something.”                            

                                               ― Eric Micha'el Leventhal                                 

      There is no such thing as Good or Evil. By that I mean to say, something can never be entirely good or something which is bad for now may spell good things in future. But this doesn't make Good bad or make Evil good.It's what we choose over what. After all, we are what we choose to be. At a given situation , at a given time these choices make us do good things or evil things. But, If there was all " good " and no " evil " at all ; there was no good having something in existence which is called "good". There fore, " evil " is the very reason that " good " exists. Every child born in the face of the earth has a pure heart and regardless of how much evil one has done in his life, it is never too late to do something good.  

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