Christians claim that an infinitely powerful and perfect God created the world, which immediately raises the question of why his creation is so wrong. Gnostics give a much simpler answer. The world is bad, wicked and wrong because its creator is bad,

Gustave Doré, Depiction of Satan, the antagoni...
Gustave Doré, Depiction of Satan, the antagonist of John Milton’s Paradise Lost c. 1866 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

wicked and wrong. “As above, so below.” Good creator; good world. Bad creator; bad world.  The logic is irresistible for those of a religious mindset. (Evolutionists attribute it to random genetic mutation and subsequent natural selection.) But it is completely wrong to characterize the world as a battlefield of good and evil. Satan is not a creature with horns and a pitchfork. Evil is not his essence. Instead, selfishness, arrogance and narcissism define him. Satan is the creature of the Ego. He is the ego taken to its logical conclusion, ego maximized and deified, to the degree at which it is utterly blind to others, and spectacularly self-deluded: psychopathic egotism.

Satan is the master of the psychology of the ego. He knows everything about it, and how to manipulate it in others. The war he wages is psychological, and that is the most effective and deadly war of all because it directly targets the human soul. The world is a giant mind lab where human egos are tempted, tantalized, teased, and tormented. Satan cultivates, nourishes and rewards some souls; others he seeks to destroy. Yet the number of active players in Satan’s “game” is tiny – just a few thousand out of all the billions of people on earth. Why so few? Because Satan could care less about the souls of little old ladies and the legions of the Ignavi- (Gnostic meaning of the children’s story The Pied Piper of Hamelin.) who run around hither and thither to no effect. He only hunts big game. You yourself are almost certainly not in the game at the moment, but that can all change. If you begin to understand the nature of what’s really going on, Satan’s attention may turn to you. Then you might experience the ultimate test. If Satan offers you the stuff of your dreams – making all of your secret wishes come true – what then?

To understand the war against Satan, you must first of all know yourself. Are you submissive or dominant? Satan has no interest in the submissive. Their nature is to play follow the leader. Satan’s game involves only the leaders, the dominant ones. Are you extravert or introvert? Extraverts, according to the great psychologist Carl Jung, are those who look to the outer world, while introverts are drawn to the inner world. Jung says of extraverts: “[They have] an outgoing, candid and accommodating nature that adapts easily to a given situation, quickly forms attachments, and, setting aside any possible misgivings, will often venture forth with careless confidence into unknown situations.” As for introverts (of which Jung himself was one): “[They have] a hesitant, reflective, retiring nature that keeps itself to itself, is always slightly on the defensive and prefers to hide behind mistrustful scrutiny.”

How was it that Satan attempted to speak to a supposed pride (ego) of Jesus to make his case?

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.  But he answered, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple  and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, He will command his angels concerning you, and On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.  Jesus said to him, again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test. Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve. Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lays dead.I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment {deceived me} and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but Sin that dwells within me or (My Mind, the switching center for everything body)

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members (for the body does not consist of one member but of many) another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, (Throne Room) but with my flesh I serve the law of sin

What about this mind Paul speaks of as serving the law of God? Is it not apparent from scripture that God saw it necessary to provide for a new mind, that mind of Christ that was able to refute Satan’s temptations as described above? Exhibits listed: Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. ~ (Romans 12:2) and be renewed in the Spirit of your mind, and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true Holiness~ (Ephesians 4:23-24)

If we have truly come to know Christ as our Savior, He will transform our minds.  Even better than that, Jesus will give you a NEW mind- HIS mind!  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. ~ (Philippians 2:5) Too many Christians claim to struggle with their minds, letting thoughts and evil impulses rule them. Modern preaching has so diluted the power of the scriptures that some people are nearly helpless in this area.

It is incumbent on us to realize that it is in our minds that battles are won or lost. The mind is the heart, the residence of the heart of flesh. It is the place of accusation, worry, fear, anger, disease, and ego. Surrendering to Jesus completely creates the battlefield where the war between good and evil is fought. It is the place of overcoming by the Grace of God and His Spirit to become what Jesus was and is. It is the gathering place of the Saints who become of one mind, one Spirit with our Lord Jesus Christ!

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