Personally, I do not accept the existence of 'intelligent evil forces' (which includes the so-called 'devil') in that they are not 'outside intelligences' as such. Evil in this human world undoubtably exists; but it exists only as a product of the human mind itself; or in other words, no human thought patterns - no evil. The evil some people tend to credit in this world is NOT some 'outside intelligent force'; only human thought interpretes it as such. (Hence the projection of the idea of 'demons', 'vampires' and 'evil spitits' for one thing).
That's quite at odds with your belief in "psychic entities". You've indicated that they exist independent of human "thought" and that they can also be malignant. Care to elaborate?
In terms of "projecting" evil, firstly, I know that was a dig at my (and certain others') comments on the supernatural, but you've also thrown a majority of the world's religions into the same pot...including your friend, Barb's.
Will you categorically state that Christians who believe in demons are "misguided"?
Secondly, it's not like Christianity doesn't recognise human evil. Why do you think there's such an emphasis on sin
? The demon's role is generally as a tempter
. But it's our free will
that makes the choice between good and evil.
Hello David.Thanks for your last answer.The subject of outside influences,as opposed to things within ourselves is something that has always interested me.Anthony asked if i was a pagan,and i can see now,i have always been one,but i never knew what one was until i grew up.
And here's the catch: you do realise that "pagan" refers to believing in multiple deities, right? (More on paganism here
) You've also revealed your supernatural bias
(as I have my own), so it's no surprise that what Dave says about the supernatural, appeals to your line of thinking.
However, by David's own logic, supernatural beings are nothing more than thought projections. Essentially, hallucinations made flesh. This is also at odds with paganism, too.
Would you care to expand on how you view yourself as a pagan?