I frequently hear “God told me to do XXX.“
Well, Satan told me to have pride and rebel against authority and make yourself your own god.
I’d pick Satan any day. And I’ll get to why in a moment.
The myths of the Bible
Now Satan is a largely misunderstood myth. His name was never “Lucifer.” Lucifer is a misnomer that actually described Nebuchadnezzar, notorious king of Babylon. Satan was never a being of Light in the Bible.
That said the Bible is a hugely mistranslated book. It is a compilation of stories, letters and poems later referenced by the alleged Jesus Christ, with notable internal fulfilled prophesies, much later put together by the ancient church.
Just common sense thinking can determine the obvious problems in this. Namely, the original Old Testament is not the same as the Torah, and many notable historical documents are not included and chalked up as “apocrypha” including highly controversial books like the Book of Enoch, which doesn’t exist in the modern Bible but is actually referenced by Jesus!
Much of it can be taken as metaphor and applied to your life, but the idea that the “Bible” is a book “breathed” by God is ridiculous. It’s ridiculous because only a fool can surmise a book rife with obvious metaphor and parallels and parables–since even Jesus spoke in fictional parables–and only a fool can attest that the book is all-literal truth.
What other book out there can attest to be full-literary and inerrant truth?
Even worse is that the same Christians who claim the “innerancy” of God’s Word can’t even agree on what is “canonical” in “Scripture” and what is not, and they even ignore historical inconsistencies present in their own version of the Bible.
With all that said, the modern Bible is English translation, further paving the road for horrible mistranslations.
I once stepped into the library and read the first page of 10 different copies of Dante’s Inferno. Written in Italian, the book is then forced to be written into English as the author sees fit, with its own form of poetic language, descriptors, and rhyming schemes.
Reading through these copies, I felt like I was presented 10 different poems. Each one was staggeringly different, with varying meaning, and it was hard to select which one to read as the “definitive” text.
Needless to say, translating a work creates a torrent of altered meaning. It is not the original work.
The Bible was written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Anyone who has studied Latin knows full-well the difficulty of the language. Greek is purported to be easier than Latin, but often requires Latin knowledge to get started with. The translations we use today alter the meaning entirely.
Not only are we getting hearsay writings from ancient writers in the Greek language that have been tampered with in unimaginable and unknowable ways by the Catholic church, but then these writings are further corrupted and changed by multiple translations into English.
Simply put, the Bible we have today is not at all the Bible that was originally written, which itself likely is further altered from what the authors wrote. And as I said, can you always trust an author?
Lastly, highly significant Biblical perspectives completely alter the entire religion. While many Christians are notable for believing in the End Times and eventual Return of Christ, myself noticing world events leading to a World War III with Muslims which is ostensibly predicted by the Bible, the truth is that without a bias the natural and logical interpretation of purportedly “apocalyptic” books like the famous Revelations turn out to be indicative of very local events far in the past (preterism).
Many lifelong, hard-studying Christians still don’t accept the fact that there is no singular Antichrist, as “anti-christ” was a counter-movement against Christianity back in the final days of the Roman Empire, that the “Beast” mentioned in the Bible during the end times is not the Antichrist, that the “Tribulation” refers not to the end of the world but to the impending active persecution of Christians across the Roman Empire, and that Emperor Nero was in fact the “Beast” in Revelations heralding the infamous number “666.”
I bet you never knew that.
The obvious and totally undeniable truth is that the “Bible” as we have it today is a foreign history textbook, cherry-picked and translated with an agenda. That is all fact.
Keeping all of this fallibility in mind for the “Bible,” is it any surprise that “Satan” as an actual entity simply does not exist?
The myths of Satan
Satan was an office for angels, appointed by God, and the story of his “fall” is a fabrication pulled together from multiple unrelated references across the book. Which is to say there is no basis for a primary evil in the Bible, less one known as Satan.
Like most of the Bible, Satan is a myth perpetuated and altered over time.
The idea of a fiery red horned demon is not and never was in the Bible. It was entirely made up in the Renaissance.
The concept of “Satan” is a testament to the power of myth and memes.
We have powerful concepts people still believe in like demons, the End Times, the Antichrist, Slenderman, 9/11 as a terrorist attack, and HIV that have spread through the culture and become immortalized.
Now when we consider Satan, we see him as a deceptive being of great intelligence and power that works through the world, tempting people and managing demons and ostensibly a demon of great light, handsome and beautiful as an angel but ultimately driving the world toward sin and away from God.
A “deal with the Devil” is where one takes a great risk for power but loses his soul, and perhaps his future.
What we can learn from the historical thoughtform, or legend of Satan is what people harbor as truth in human nature.
People invent obstinate myths based on deep-embedded fears or truths within themselves.
Satan is actually a reflection of yourself.
He is the lying, cheating, tempting selfish bastard.
He is also a true Rebel.
He had the ultimate act of overconfidence and self-belief.
Think about it.
Satan defied God, who had omnipotence–that’s ALL-powerful–who sees and hears all, who even CREATED Satan himself. Satan still has the pride and conviction to declare HIMSELF not just as an equal to God, but as a future successor.
Unlike all of the Christians who want to “be like God” and “FEAR God” and “be humbled by God” and “FOLLOW God”–Satan throws all of this out.
With unmitigated audacity and shameless irony the Devil takes the place of God his Creator, and becomes his own God, going so far as to tempt God’s own son in the flesh.
Many of us have yet to rebel against our creators. Made in the image of our parents, TV, and government-funded education and cultural memetics, we have yet to rebel against the ideas that bred us into conditioned slaves. And the rebellion will not be easy.
But we’re going to do it. And thus we become like Satan, inheriting the world and achieving great power.
There is a reason people secretly love, but fear Satan.
It is his power, and, yes, his audacity. It is the fear of what will be unleashed when we stop holding back.
There is a Devil inside you. He wants to break out, but he is being covered by the submissive slave.
You must destroy the facade and become the rebel within if you wish to succeed.