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Written by Kevin   
Sunday, 02 September 2007

My wife recently found in our paper's my original writings from college that eventually came to be known as the first of "The Satan Papers".  There were some follow-up papers later in my college career, but I'm pretty sure they have been lost to time at this point.  So, without further ado.... I give you "The Satan Papers"


Mankind's Unsung Hero

or

Alternate Views From Above and Below

Satan... Lucifer, The Father of Lies, Beelzebub, The Prince of Darkness, The Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Accaron, Old Scratch, Samael, Machlath, The Prince of Demons, Ezekell, The Angel of Death, The Lost Archangel, The Evil One, Asmodeus, The King of Devils, Armaros, Mephistopheles, Sabnac, Anizel, Rimmon, etc... Just the names of “The Father of Lies” bring up thoughts of pain, suffering, and torture. We think of him as a horrible creature who enjoys tormenting people, whose only purpose in life is to fight God and destroy all that is good.

Now where do we get all of these ideas about “Lucifer”? Why, of course, we get them from the Bible, a book which not only teaches us about the way life on earth began, but also about good and evil. Now, according to most, the Bible is the word of God. If that is true, then isn’t the Bible’s view on “Beelzebub” a biased one? Wouldn’t that sort of be like taking, for fact, Dan Quayle’s opinion of Murphy Brown.

What I am trying to say here is that the world, in general, has an opinion of “The Prince of Darkness” that is biased by the Bible. The generally held belief, based on stories from the Bible, is that the world would be a better place if “The Angel of the Bottomless Pit” did not exist. If we understand the purpose “Accaron” serves though, we can see this is not so.

Let’s say that all that is written in the Bible is true. If look at it from that point of view, “Old Scratch” has done much for this world. He has instilled a sense of fear in all people throughout the world. Without “Samael” what would they have to fear should they ever do anything that was morally wrong? When a person thinks about breaking the laws of man, a thought which might stop them is their fear of going to jail. Likewise, when a person thinks about breaking the law of God, a thought which might stop them is their fear of going to hell.

Now if we start thinking of hell this way, we must also think of “Machlath” in the same way. Do you consider the warden of a jail a horrible person? No; he is just someone doing an unlikable job which will benefit the community. So then, why do we think of “The Prince of Demons” as a horrible creature? Isn’t he punishing people for being bad in life? Isn’t he basically the warden of hell?

How can we pass judgment on a person we don’t even really know? No mortal, as far as I know, has ever met “Ezekell” personally, and yet all people have an opinion of him. We all talk about how horrible he is, yet all that we know about him is through hearsay and word of mouth. Isn’t it unfair that we always look at the bad things about “The Angel of Death” and never look at the good?

Let me ask you, what does being a good person primarily consist of? Being kind to people, not being malicious, basically not being evil? So what would be the point of being good if you didn’t have the chance to be evil? What would be special about it, what would make you better than the rest? Nothing, that’s what. “The Lost Archangel” provides us with the chance to be evil or to resist temptation and therefore become good.

Take, for example, a passage from the Bible, Matthew 4:1-10. In these paragraphs the Bible talks about Jesus going into the desert to fast and being tempted by “The Evil One” himself. The whole story revolves around Jesus being able to resist that temptation to be evil. What would that story be without “Asmodeus” being there to tempt Jesus? How could Jesus prove his holiness without having the chance to resist temptation and battle against “The King of Devil”’ cunningness.

We all must understand that “Armaros” has done some good for this world, if the Bible’s stories are true. He has given people something to fear, should they think about breaking God’s law. I believe we should all be thankful for what “Mephistopheles” has done for us. He has given us an orderly world in which we can understand right from wrong and see the difference between good and evil, a world in which we can resist temptation and make ourselves more worthy of God’s favor.

Others have believed that “Sabnac” is necessary in our lives. As far back as 1887 the French philosopher Anatole France wrote, “Evil is the necessary counterpart of Good, as Darkness is of light”. Furthermore, he stated, ”It is thanks to Evil and sorrow that the earth is habitable and that life is worth living. We should not therefore be hard on the Devil. He is a great artist and a great savant; he has created at least one-half of the world. And his half is so cunningly embedded in the other that it is impossible to interfere with the first without at the same time doing a like injury to the second. Each vice you destroy has a corresponding virtue, which perishes along with it.”

“Anizel”, be he looked at as good or bad, serves a necessary office. Just as much as we need Death, Time, Fate, War, Nature, and Good, we all need Evil. The modern day author Piers Anthony has written a whole series of books on the forementioned subjects, including a whole novel about the importance of evil.

Please understand that I’m not trying to change your views on the Bible, God, or Satan; in fact I wouldn’t want to. We all have the need to fear “Rimmon,” and what could happen to us in the afterlife if we are not good people while living. It is that fear which keeps this world as orderly as it is. We just can not take mythology at face value. We must always look at the other point of view. We must understand that we cannot get rid of Satan and evil without, in turn, getting rid of God and good. All I ask is that when you think of Satan, think to yourself, what would sound be without silence, what would dark be without light, what would God be without Satan?

 

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