The Bible says, “Satan is the prince of power on earth.”
The whole world is in the power of the evil one. John 5:19
Satan: The word “Satan” means “adversary.”
The Bible describes the devil as "that which deceives the world." There is only one thing that deceives us, one thing that hides the truth and life from us, but it is too close for most people to see it.
Some people think the devil is a living creature, something with horns and a pointed tail, a cosmic criminal. It is actually a metaphor for our own animal minds.
The devil is just a name for the force of deception in all our lives. The adversary of God, the Antichrist, etc., is the mind, the beast within.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world. Revelation 12:9
The beast within: There is only one deceiver. It is whatever it is that prevents us from seeing the truth and the life, from seeing true life, from being with God.
The dragon is a mythical beast that does not really exist.
The Bible’s metaphorical description could not be better. The devil or dragon referred to in the Bible is our animal mind, the invisible beast within us.
The Bible says that Christ will slay the Antichrist with truth.
When people learn the truth and the life, they will have the mind of Christ and will use the truth against the forces of deception to control the devil, change the devil.
Jesus said, “Get behind me Satan! You are blocking my way!”
Guardian angel: Jesus does not get rid of the devil (mind); he just takes control of it and puts it in its place in the background, behind life.
Satan will be transformed into an angel of light.
The bringer of light: The word Lucifer means “bringer of light, or bringer of dawn.” Once the mind realizes that it is the problem, it will begin to turn from Satan into Lucifer. The story is of bad angels and good angels. All angels represent the mind, a bad mind and good mind, and even the good ones are still mind, something that blocks the truth and the life. The good ones represent the good mind that helps you see the truth and life, a guardian angel that fights the bad states of mind. They are not real, just metaphors to represent different states of mind.
The Bible says that Satan is a fallen angel, the highest angel that turned into the devil, the enemy of God. It just has to do the opposite and turn from the devil back into God’s helper again, and you will become a divine, spiritual being.
Your mind is now in front of your spirit, and it needs to be behind you.
Until your mind is transformed into your helper, your guardian, the mind is your mortal enemy, the enemy of truth and life and the enemy of God. The mind is what the Bible calls Satan and the devil, your adversary.
Evil is live spelled backwards. All evil is, is the opposite of true life.
Religious books are all screwed up and full of contradictions. Lucifer is seen as bad and good, and there are all sorts of other angels and demons, but you can sort through all the contradictions and see the truth is actually hidden in there. If you spend your time studying all the various interpretations and myths, you will be falling into a trap, and spending your time in the mind instead of living in God/life. That is what most religious scholars are doing, and it is a grave mistake.
Truth/deception: There are no good or evil people; there are just those that know the truth and those that do not. The battle between good and evil is a battle between the truth and deception, nothing more, nothing less.
The Bible describes Satan as the “deceiver,” and by definition, that means that Satan has to be your mind. All there is, is the mind and life, and life by definition is “the truth,” so Satan, the devil, has to be the deceptive mind. There is life and the imagination; there is nothing else. True or false?
The talking snake: The mind is sneaky like the snake in the Bible; it is the perfect metaphor for the devil/mind. It will slip into your head and your life without you noticing it. It is a thought, a judgment, a belief, an idea, guilt, envy, hate, fear, worry or one of the mind’s other manifestations. It takes you out of the present if you don’t notice it and recognize it for what it is.
This controlling mind is not your friend. It is no more your friend than the snake in the story of the Garden of Eden was Adam and Eve’s friend. It will tempt, distract, deceive and mislead you. It separates you from God/life and paradise.
Tree of knowledge: In the mythical story of the Garden of Eden, the tree Adam and Eve ate from and mankind continues to eat from is the tree of knowledge. It is described as the knowledge of good and evil. It is the knowledge of judgment, of comparison, of right and wrong, success and failure, birth and death, past and future, the opposites of life.
Adam and Eve learned of the opposites, but not the balance of the opposites, so the grass started looking greener on the other side of the garden. They saw their bodies and felt naked for the first time. They saw death and started worrying. The knowledge caused human beings to start thinking and worrying about life instead of living it. They left the present, because they could no longer see it; they no longer perceived the paradise. They could not see life’s perfection. Human beings became a mind. Mankind (mind-kind) was created. As a result, we ended up in the land of Nod. The land of Nod is the land of semi-sleep. We were not good enough, so we began living in a dream world; we nodded off. It is interesting that the word nod, a place in a mythical story, came to mean sleep, or not being awake to the truth and life. Just a coincidence?
Knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Rom 13:11
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. 1 Cor 15:51
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead, and
Christ shall give thee light. Eph 5:14
The Bible says in many places that mankind is just sleeping and just needs to wake up. The problem is that we are too asleep to know we are asleep.
The tree of life: There is another tree in the story of the Garden of Eden that mankind is about to start partaking of. The Bible calls it the tree of life. Once we know the ultimate truth, we wake up to divine life; we metaphorically begin to start partaking of the tree of life. We are born again as spiritual beings. A spiritual being metaphorically eats from both trees.
The Bible says, “Behold the man has become as one of us to know good and evil, now lest he put forth his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat and live forever.” Genesis 3:22
When you eat from the tree of life, you will know both the mind truth (tree of knowledge) and the living truth (tree of life). You will then know the truth and the life (Jesus). Just another coincidence?
That Bible verse is supposed to represent the voice of God. The key word is “live,” not just exist forever. You can live in God/life forever, in heaven forever.
The Bible says that God tells Adam and Eve: “If you eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge, you will surely die.” They did not die physically, but they did die spiritually. They died to true life; they died to the present, and paradise was lost.
The Bible verse plainly says that if we eat from the tree of life after we eat from the tree of knowledge, we will be as gods, "become as one of us." It says that we will be more than Adam and Eve were. Adam and Eve were not like gods before eating the apple. We do not want to get back to the garden. Adam and Eve did what they had to do to get to heaven. The Garden of Eden was not perfect, heaven is. To realize heaven, you have to know the truth and the life; you have to metaphorically eat from both trees.
People have been misinterpreting the story. People believe they did something wrong; the opposite is the truth. They sacrificed paradise for knowledge. The serpent did them the ultimate favor in the long run. We needed the mind to learn the truth, and we needed the truth to know divine life, to get to God and heaven.
The Bible says, “We must turn our minds into the minds of an angel.”
The story of Adam and Eve has many hidden things in it, but the overall message is how our minds were created. It describes how we joined with the devil/mind, and how we can turn this devil/mind back into an angel.
To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Rev. 2:7
In other words, when you overcome the delusions of the mind, you can see life as it truly is, and it will fulfill you. The metaphor of life as fruit or food means life, when truly seen, will nourish you. Jesus said, man does not live by bread alone.
True/metaphor: The Bible story of Adam and Eve is a myth/metaphor and not literal truth, but it explains the literal truth exactly. A coincidence?
The story metaphorically describes the transition of human beings into mankind perfectly. It also shows us the next step in our evolution. The odds of it just being a coincidence are way too high. This story came from our collective unconscious, or the Holy Spirit, if you prefer the religious terminology.
Revelation is about the beginning of Christianity; Genesis is about now.
Like most religious things, the Bible is backwards and upside down. People are thinking Genesis is about just the beginning of mankind, and it is actually more about the end; it is about what is happening now. People are looking in the book of Revelation thinking it applies to now or the future, when it is mostly about the beginning of Christianity. 666 was Nero, the Emperor of Rome.
Much of both books and the rest of the Bible are misinterpretations or meant for people that lived in the past. Trying to find truth where it does not exist is just a deception of the mind to distract people from the real truth that the books contain.
The truth in the Bible is all mixed up; things are not in the order of events.
About now: Everything about everything is about now, because nothing else exists. Never look for the truth in the past or future; it is all about NOW.
It took us ten-thousand years to get into a position to see and understand the knowledge and be able to eat from the tree of life (the NOW), but better late than never. Eating from the tree of life will not be as easy as biting into an apple. It will require taking control of our animal mind and putting it behind our spirit.
Truth first: As the story of Adam and Eve attests, you have to learn the truth before you get the life. It is in that order, not the other way around. Eastern religions, through meditation and ritual, try to know the life first, and it will not work. You have to learn the truth of this realm, all of it, before you can take the next step in evolution and know true life. How could it be any other way? If you do not understand the way the world works, how can you overcome it? You cannot overcome what you do not know. It’s the tree of knowledge, then the tree of life in the story of Adam and Eve, and Jesus says he is the truth and the life.
The mind is not alive unless you let it steal your life.
The mind is not a living being, but it will resist giving up control as long as you let it have your life. If you do, it will become a living being. It will be you and try to survive like all living beings. When the ultimate truth is seen, it will cease to exist.
“Devil” is evil with a letter added to turn a condition into a thing. That thing is your own mind. Its presence works to keep you separated from the truth and true life. Your mind will use its control over the tap that turns the water of life on and off to stay in control and get more control. Thus, you have to really pay attention to overcome it, but as Jesus said, those that overcome will have eternal life.
You have to take the time to honestly get to know yourself. You have to know the nature of both your mind-self and spiritual-self to know the ultimate truth.
The mind does not like to do stupid things, and deceiving itself is about as stupid as it can get. The more aware you get, the more your mind sees the problem; the more it sees the problem, the more aware you will be. This leads to total clarity.
Jesus said, "Your minds must be cleared of the falsehoods of this realm if you are to be taught Eternal Truth."