Does the Devil exist?

Does the Devil exist?, InfoMistico.com

In his book “The Flowers of Evil,” Charles Baudelaire claimed that one of Satan’s greatest victories in these times was to have persuaded most people, especially agnostics and atheists, to believe otherwise.

Does the Devil Exist? — Ancient History

And more recently, in his book “About the supreme thing”, O. Weininger said the following:

“The idea which has simplified the struggle of millions of men against the evil element which is imprisoned in each of them is embodied by the devil, who helps him by projecting the adversary out of himself and by differentiating and separating himself from him.”

The questions that arise are what causes this evil and where it originates. What kind is it?

For after being given a name and a figure, it must be “projected” outward. Dostoevsky, a well-known author, states, however, that “if God did not make the devil, man-made him in his image and likeness” in his book “The Brothers Karamazov”.

He affirms its existence, but offers no proof of it, and does not even specify its origin or nature before affirming it.

First of all, we will not address “the evidence” to prove his existence in the most scholarly way possible in light of these conflicting and shifting claims.

The existence of evil in the world

Second, we will resist the impulse to “personify” it from the standpoint of reason, sound science, and good philosophy. The existence of “evil” in the universe is self-evident, as are its limitless expressions.

The information that has been said about it will simply be “told”. I will leave it to the reader to draw his conclusions.

When I was a child I had almost no interest in learning about Satan or the Devil. It was just another element of my faith that I inherited from my parents, along with his existence and his downfall.

But it wasn’t until I was 20 years old – after participating in a spiritual renewal retreat at the Tepeyac Retreat House outside Granada – that this character caught my attention.

The great Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross later delivered readings in which he stated that the world, the devil, and physical temptations were the Christian’s three greatest adversaries.

In other words, after discovering God, I also discovered our worst enemies. I should have paid more attention to them, it would have been foolish of me not to!

The real presence of Satan

With the beginning of the Sandinista revolution in the early 1980s, I began to experience her. In a dream I had, his evil presence filled my room, but as soon as I said the word “Mary”, the ominous sensation disappeared instantly.

After reading the Holy Fathers of the Church, I discovered an account that answered my expectations quite convincingly:

“The devil goes by numerous names, such as Luzbel, Satan, Beelzebub, Lucifer, and Belial. But “Luzbel” was the one that most attracted my interest because of the way his origin and personality are described.

It is stated that “Luzbel” was a “Cherubim” of great beauty called “Luzbella” before the fall (Lk. 7:18).

The Cherubim, whose name means “fullness of wisdom”, are placed after the “Seraphim”, who are the beings closest to God and whose name means “fullness or flame of love”.

He “believed” himself to be equal to God and even better because of the great amount of knowledge and beauty he possessed.

According to some commentators, he had been hiding his pride until the moment of the great test, which was analogous to the one Adam and Eve had with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in paradise.

Many Holy Fathers state that “envy”, “pride”, “vanity”, “jealousy”, etc., towards mankind, was one of the reasons why they fell.

“If the cause of sin is studied, it will be found to be greater in the superiors (angels) than in the inferiors,” said St. Thomas Aquinas in the Middle Ages (humans).

Pride

“Therefore, pride was the vice of the devil, whose motivation was the greatest excellence in superiors” (S.T.Q. 73, Art. 7). In other words, the devil’s transgression was a spiritual sin that could not be atoned for. But the following account is the one that impressed me the most:

He was powerless to resist such humiliation until “Light-Bringing” discovered, through a prophetic vision, that God intended to incarnate as a human being (a creature superior to himself) and that he would also have a human mother, later known as “Theotokos” or Mother of God.

Being a “cherub”, it was unthinkable to accept that he would kneel before a woman of lesser category or status, besides the Son of God-made-man.

Hence one of his main reasons for rebellion and his eventual demise. According to Papini in his book “The Devil”, “Light-Bringing” was also jealous of Jesus Christ because he did not become “the savior” of mankind.

The causes of the current conditions of the devil and people are different. The devil “falls” from heaven like lightning because of his “pride” (Lk. 7:18), while Adam and Eve are “expelled” from paradise because of their “disobedience”.

Light-bringing

As “Light-Bringing” was joined in her fall by other Angels, redemption only came for those who “disobeyed” and not for those who were killed out of “pride”. Other religions have also recognized the existence of the devil.

He is called “Seth” in the Egyptian religion, “Angra Mainyu” in the Persian religion, “Mara” in the Hindu religion, “Typhon” in the Greek religion, and “Iblis” in the Muslim religion. Most striking, however, are the various ways in which he has been depicted in art throughout the ages.

In the 17th century painting “The Temptations of St. Anthony,” the demons have grotesque animal faces; in the Middle Ages, he was depicted as a terrifying-looking black angel with horns and a tail, or as a dragon; and in the Modern Age, his representation is less grotesque and more elegant.

Papini, in his book “The Devil”, describes him as “a nice man, good looking and with good manners”. Of course, his present-day manifestations have the same or similar traits.

The Devil in music

In addition, the devil has been represented as their main inspiration in politics, poetry, art, and music. The list takes up too much space and cannot be included here.

When people succumb to the “magic” that creates evil itself, Papini claims that this is the best proof of its existence and its nefarious influence.

The devil, according to Papini, is like a monkey because the moment he tried to be like God, he became “God’s monkey”. We know that “imitation” is the most defining quality of this animal.

The Italian author concludes that when a person tries to emulate Luzbel’s rebelliousness, he becomes the “devil’s monkey”.

With information from El Nuevo Diario Nicaragua

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