EUROPEANS CREATION OF THE DEVIL (1/4)
Of course, Europeans’ Contingent (Fantasy) Hell had to be commanded by a self-made image of the European warrior. That took the form of a Contingent Being–another Fantasy–they called the Devil. That Devil is simply an Icon Image of the fundamental shrewdness, deception, and cunning expressions of Evil. Such includes inventions of names, slogans, concepts, Trinkets, and Trivia allowing one to gratify and cater to ones animal spirit–regardless of the prices paid by those involved. An Indifference/Hate/Evil/Sadism mindset with Kill/Take/Destroy/Oppress/Dominate practices is the ultimate in a Devil Icon Image. Believers willfully and knowingly place their intellect and other faculties in the service and gratification of the Animal part of their Selfhoods while attacking the Spiritual Elements. This means they believe themselves to be superior to the powers of the Spiritual Force, Sekham. During European Biblical times, Rebellion (re, “anew” and bellum, “war”) —a renewal of war and/or the subversion of the laws–was a critical concept in the doctrine of Sin. But rebellion against Europeans’ Supernatural God—in the form of conscious and willful disobedience–was a great sin because God was deemed to be the ultimate sovereign. Yet, only those with a personal relationship with God—those following the practices featuring the Devil–could violate it. The Old Testament concept of rebellion is said to be carried over into the NT–whether applied to struggles against an established secular authority (Ro. 13:2) or to a spiritual one (Heb 3). Thereafter, emphasis was more on secular aspects. Europeans used Set, as a rival to God, to originate the name Satan, personified as the Devil (Amen, Metu Neter II:134). Whereas Greek ‘diabolos’ (Devil) means denouncer or calumniator, Hebrew’s “Satan” means “adversary” or “accuser.” Jews elaborated on Rebellion concepts by enlarging on the already developing philosophy of a Devil or a Satan (probably from the African god Set).
In the earliest sections of the OT, Satan is not an independent personage, nor even a maleficent being. Originally, Satan simply referred to an opponent appearing in black and not to a particular Being. But subsequently, Europeans generated concepts of Satan in all evil forms. Throughout European history, people who possessed hateful thoughts and demonstrated evil deeds were thought to be possessed by demonic spirits, including the Devil. Around C6 BC, Satan appears in the OT as an individual angel, subordinate to God, and thereafter gradually becomes the source of all evil as a result of disbelieving in God and acknowledging no law except of man. European Christians embraced the Devil concept as adopted in the OT (Ashby, Egyptian Mysteries III: 22). The African god Seth/Pan, the God of Nature, became transformed into the Red Angel of Evil, Lucifer, Satan (Set-Hen)–a red man with tail, horns, and hooves. Satan, Evil, and Dark (signifying misery, punishment, perdition or loss of the soul and Hell) became the trio Europeans used to characterize the “Dark Side” –and with the justification of: “the “Devil made me do it.” Still, European ideas about Satan did not solve how evil got into the world–a world which they said God created and saw as ‘very good.”
To address this idea of Evil, one approach was the borrowing and combining Ancient African Bible metaphors. First, thousands of years before organized Judeo-Christian religion is a mythological story of Ausar (Osiris) and Auset (Isis) who symbolized the first fertile human couple assigned to beget humanity. This was reassigned to the renamed Adam and Eve millennia later when the Hebrews borrowed this myth story and converted it to a “fact”. This European Supernatural story, later in Genesis (Diop, Civilization or Barbarism, p. 311), declared Adam as “mankind’s father”. Thereafter, it was the European religious belief that the African god, Set, in the form of the Snake, presented a false appearance of pleasantness and goodness to Eve. By the serpent pretending to be what he was not by hypocritically saying what Eve wanted to hear, both Eve and Adam were talked out of Paradise. From this falsely presented “Fall of Man” African metaphor branched other European mythological stories. One was making necessary a Redemption to restore all humans from Adam and Eve having cursed the human race with “Original Sin”—supposedly as a result of God’s wrath (itself an anthropomorphism concept). Another was that in Genesis (4: 25) one of Adam and Eve’s son is named Seth (the African god Set) who replaces the brother Cain slew. jabaileymd.com
Joseph A. Bailey II, MD, FACS