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The devil

Satan the great temptor
What is he tempting us to do? 
A fallen Angel that wants us to worship him? instead of God?
Ask a devil worshiper and they will explain: they worship themselves. 
That is what devil worship is. 
Devil worship is an action not a religion. 
It is worshipping your happiness and that of YOUR family. 

What is evil? but human selfishness?
Is any evil ever done that is not human induced?
Isnt the rest, just acts of God? 
Natural disasters? Accidents? Animal attacks?

The need for power, greed, more than another.
The gratification in people looking up to us is our ecstasy. 
The joy in having more than another is our peace.
Do you have the new flatscreen or the best car?
A big house to show off to others? Your success?
Success in beating down others makes us happy. 
Member of the country club? Beautiful mate? Smart kids?
Me, Me, Me, I, I, I. 
We all do it, we are trained too as small children. Capitalism.
Giving up on selfishness is the most difficult thing a human can do.

In my culture, we worship Satan: The devil: Ouselves: Individualism.

We are tempted to put our family before anyone else and follow the temptation. 

Stop lying to yourself, you do also. Lets just admit it. 

We are selfish, and that is Devil Worship. 


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  1. Date: 4/24/2011 10:52:00 AM
    This is right in the middle of my struggle. Just beginning to get some light into myself, some hint of being "awake". And all I see around me is "my truth" for each "individual" who is trying to say "we are one". I don't see the "oneness" in that. When so many are striving to manifest THEIR big house for their own FAMILY, it just doesn't seem authentic not the least bit "enlightened". Very good words Michael.

  1. Date: 2/12/2010 7:18:00 PM
    That is true. Self centered individualism is the core of what evil is. Interesting write. Strong words, very confronting. Caroline.

  1. Date: 2/12/2010 5:19:00 PM
    Another interesting read. I believe in modesty in all things. I grew up in really nice houses. My dad was sucessful. He married my mother for her beauty, but he taught me to love my family, country and God first. I have modest belongings and live as such. Ellen

  1. Date: 2/11/2010 7:00:00 PM
    I don't spend a lot of time here, I am a member of another site (fanstory) and the place is run so much better than this place. I came back here after almost two years, and it's still a very hard site to navigate by comparison. I can't even find out how to thank anyone for commenting here! So, if you don't hear much from me, on this site, you know why. The people are great, but this site kinda sucks in comparison. Curt

  1. Date: 2/11/2010 6:29:00 AM
    Hi Michael By theocracy, I meant God's rule through Jesus' kingdom run from heaven. I agree that materialism rules this world's thoughts