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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %DEVIL'S AGENDA ALIENATION SEPARATION MISUNDERSTAND+940620 %CONFLICT EXCOMMUNICATION JUDGMENT CONDEMNATION+940620 %TEMPTATION REBEL LEGALISTIC PROHIBITION PRESCRIBE+940620 %DISOBEDIENCE REBELLION UNDISCIPLINED DISORDER SIN 940620 Traditionally people who talk the most about the devil view the devil as an agent of rebellion against good laws, prohibitions, prescriptions and injunctions; an agent tempting us to do what we should not do. This view of the devil is rooted in legalists' view of the nature of God and salvation. Salvation is to be earned through obedience. Damnation is the result of disobedience. The devil is the personification of great powers to tempt, lead or guide us away from obedience and salvation; and towards disobedience and damnation. There is another possible view of the devil; as the personification of all that leads us towards alienation, separation, misunderstanding, ignorance, conflict, excommunication, dis-fellowshipping, condemnation and banishment. The devil may lead us to commit ourselves to disintegrative: ideals, values and conceptions of the nature of God. The devil may lead us into self-righteousness, arrogance, pretentiousness, collusive games of mutual self deception, addictive religiosity, false piety, and codependent martyr complexes. See "The Screwtape Letters" by C. S. Lewis for an entertaining set of illustrations of how the devil might work. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================