Posts Tagged ‘satan’

Who is the Devil?

Friday, August 6th, 2010

The “devil” is not a fallen arch-angel ruling over the minions of hell.  More accurate to think of the devil as obsessive self love.

In the New Church we do believe in a heaven and a hell – places where we make our eternal home, a decision we make based in turn on our character.

Individuals in hell are obsessed with evil and the resulting illusions.  Individuals in heaven are driven by desire to do what is good and resulting recognition of what is true.   Maybe that is why we can smile in a sense.  Yes, we harbor obsessive thoughts pointing towards a fallen self.  And, yes we likewise harbor a deep desire to live a life of service, meaning, and compassion.

My money is on God winning the day!