I'm going to present a much different version of this conflict and instead of externalizing it, I'm making it deeply personal. Christianity is supposed to be based upon Judaism, yet if you look at the Jewish ideas about Satan, you see something vastly different than how it's portrayed in Christianity. While different Jewish sects has different views on Satan, I'm going to focus upon their interpretation of Satan as our "temptation to do wrong".
Now I don't really like the word "wrong", as it's rooted in the illusion of duality. I don't believe for a moment there's some list of rules God requires us to follow. God doesn't make rules, God only has Laws and those can't be broken no matter how hard you try. I'm going to use "wrong" in a very specific sense, where the only "wrong" is that which denies God. Denial of God is not "bad", "evil", or anything like that, it's simply heading in the wrong direction.
We have another word for the "temptation to do wrong" and the denial of God's Presence. We call that "edging God out" or ego. So instead of the idea of this vast cosmic war going on between the "forces of good and evil", it becomes a deeply personal conflict that nearly every Human Being on this Planet is going through. It's the struggle with one's own ego, one's own negativity. We're not helpless pawns in some larger game, we have our own power, responsibility, and influence over the outcome, as the battle is fought within ourselves.
How does one deny God? By entertaining things like fear, worry, conflict and other distractions. Holding onto the past and obsessing over the future is how people deny God's Presence within the Now. Getting wrapped up within your own limited mind, making that your entire world, and failing to see the Beauty of Creation is how one denies God. The word Satan simple means "adversary", and what bigger adversary do people have than their own self-defeating thoughts?
Enough about ego, what about Christ? Just like Satan, this has been externalized and turned into a mythology the church could control. Jesus wasn't the only Child of God, that idea is absurd. Every Human Being on this Planet is a Child of God. You have the Christ within you, as your own God-Self, your own Higher Self. Jesus simply realized this and Lived it. If Satan is your own denial of God, Christ is your own acceptance of God, your own Oneness with God.
Many have heard the Native American story of the two wolves each person has fighting within themselves. One is anger, violence and ego, while the other is Love, Joy, and God. When the child asks his grandfather which wolf will win, the grandfather replies, "The one you feed". Organized religion simply took this story and made it needlessly complicated. It became externalized into a story people believe they have no influence over, instead of one where they have the keys to their own Liberation.
There's another very important part of this story, and that's the idea that good fights against evil. God does not fight against illusion, when God Is Present, there is no illusion. Light does not struggle against darkness, when the Light Is On, darkness is gone. Nobody's ever won God by fighting for God, fighting is how the illusion is kept "alive". Conflict is how the ego feeds and those who struggle against their own ego are falling into the ego's own tricks. Believing you need to fight to get to God, is at its core, denial of the fact that God Is Already Everywhere Present. Those beliefs need to be let go of before the Real You can step forward.
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