A post, over at “suddenly christian” caught my attention… called “Is Satan Real?”. It had quite the varied opinions – mostly all coming from very Christian people. My initial response was posted there and was this:
“I found this whole thread pretty interesting. Amazing really… All the different things people chose to believe in, or not to believe in. ??
I personally don’t believe in Satan… but, then again, I also don’t believe in God – so, this makes perfect sense to me. Sure, I believe in there is “good” and “evil”… but, I don’t think it’s because of God or Satan.
What I don’t understand is how people CAN believe in God, and NOT believe in Satan. ?? If there’s a Heaven… isn’t there a Hell? And, who would it be “running” Hell, then if you don’t believe in Satan? Unless, you also don’t believe in Hell.. which, makes me wonder how you can believe in Heaven? I guess I don’t get how people can pick and chose the parts of the bible they believe in… ??
As for not hearing Satan talked about at church? I was raised baptist, then pentecostal, and we went to a few different churches over the years. I remember lots of sermons about the terrors of hell… and the threats of Satan impacting our lives… and even the casting out of “evil spirits” and demons from people. And, I live in the Northeast US…. I guess, times…. they are a-changin!… LOL To which, all I can say is GOOD…and NOT fast enough!
I was also just sort of talking about this in a recent reply I made here on my own blog, where I asked “How do you believe in one part of the bible or concept of God, and not the other parts?”.
Anyway, I was going to post again in response on John’s site, but decided to just start a thread here instead since I wound up writing so much, and was coming in to that thread late anyway.
Someone named “Christian” responded to my post – basically saying it was okay to believe in the light, and not the dark… as “Darkness actually does not ‘exist’.
I still find this whole concept pretty amazing.
When I did believe in God… I also believed in Satan… heaven… hell… and all that I was taught at church, at home, and read in the bible. When I finally began to question things, and eventually could no longer accept the concepts of hell, Satan, and certain bible stories/lessons as the truth – I also was forced to question the “truth” of God, Jesus, Heaven, and the “positives” – and stopped believing in those things as well. They suddenly didn’t seem to “positive” anymore when I looked at the “big picture”.
I mean, I see what Christian’s point was about the darkness – but it still doesn’t really make sense to me. I have been told not to throw out the baby with the bath-water – but, in this case, I just don’t understand how to do that. The idea of Satan and Hell, is just as nonsensical as the idea of God and Heaven to me.
It does seems that many Christians of today are able to let go of those “negative” concepts, without letting go of the “positives” in their beliefs. To me, this is a good thing – even though I don’t understand it. Believe me, I’d much rather be dealing with Christians who DON’T believe in Satan and Hell, and who aren’t condemning me to a pit of eternal hell when I don’t believe what they do. Unfortunately, I seem to know all the ones who DO seem to think I’m quite doomed. LOL
As far as I can tell, religions, and the people belonging to them, tend to change their belief systems and slowly move with the times… I mean, look at how the Catholic church has “bended the rules” or just plain decided to change the rules in the last decade or so? And, how many churches DO preach the “positives” now, rather than the “negatives”. I guess those sermons of hellfire and brimstone just don’t pack em’ into the pews like they use to. 😉
Like I said, I actually wish this was happening even more – not because it would make me believe, but because I think people would just be nicer to deal with. But, at the same time – to me – this is also just more proof that “the word of god”, is really the word of mankind, and continues to be adjusted by mankind to suit mankind’s needs/desires.