# Devil perceptions

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## Introduction

This page was once published 2018 April 24 as a post. I decided to make a page of it. to support my page about bias and deities.

This post was from the beginning focused on the discrimination of women by men and the reason for this, I found in the Bible. I later found a documentary made by Morgan Freeman about evilness and why there is evilness. He asks “Why does God/Allah not stop this?”. I think this is an important question I earlier had an answer for. This page will soon be updated with information about Holy wars, mass murders (Tutsi among others), and persecutions like those of Rohingya Muslims in Burma. Index

## Believes in the devil

Joseph Baker wrote that“over half of the respondents absolutely believe in the existence of Satan and hell, while 47.7% “absolutely” believe that demons exist. When the categories of “absolutely” and “probably” are combined over 75% believe in Satan, over 73% believe in hell, and nearly 70% believe in demons. Given the United States’ comparatively high level of religious belief (see Norris and Inglehart 2004) these figures are not unexpected, but they do provide quantitative evidence for the prevalence of such beliefs. This belief seems still to be strong. “According to a 2013 YouGov survey “57 percent of respondents believe that the devil exists, including 72 percent of African Americans, 65 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of women. Most believers are Christian and live in the South” ( Daily mail and”( www.psychologytoday.com

• How many especially women have not been tortured and killed as believed to be in conspiracy with the devil?
• In the name of God, there have been many massacres. Psychology today tries to analyze this. ( Read more in www.psychologytoday.com )

So the belief in a God and Satan, are topics that have to be looked at seriously. My questions are:

• Why this widespread belief in deities like satan and God?
• What does psychology say about the concept of God and Devil?

I will in this article try to give some light to these two phenomena. For many, the devil is something real and serious. For some others, it is an object of fun. Rowan Atkinson made a parody of the Devil in this video: If there is some truth in the Genesis and later in the Quran and in the Gospel, the Devil talks with convincing words, like he did to the intelligent woman who wanted to know more about good and evil and to many others after her. If the devil exists then:

• Satan, as it is described in sacred texts, seems to be an intellígent beast:
• He has a masculine character that loves power. But it was intelligent enough not imposing and commanding even with the use of violence. Others did that for this beast.
• it is a jealous type that wants to be like God
• it is a sadistic type that loves others to suffer because he himself probably did being lower than God.
• it is an egocentric type that likes to brag about his knowledge (he knew about the Creation process and observed God with comments like “And God saw that it was good” (1:18,1:21,1:25)
• It likes according to me, to brag about his power:
• to destroy the  paradise and Creation of God, by convincing Eve and indirectly Adam,  he did in the story of Genesis

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## Evilness

Theological explanations Christians and Muslims say that Evilness comes from the Devil ( shaitan). We are according to the Bible inherently evil as we inherited evilness from Adam and Eve who “choose” to listen to the devil, the “original sin”.  That is a theological explanation.  I am inspired by the Quran that tells that there was a long time in the development of man that is “unknown”.  A prisoner in jail for multiple murder and rapes said he did this being led by inspiration, desire  and impulses he could not control. There were no plans behind his acts. the man is an example of a psychopath, that lacks among others empathy and impulse control. This can be seen in a MRT ( magnetic resonance tomography ).  This kind of human seems to have parts of the emotional brain underdeveloped There are methods to identify psychopathy.  the Hare Psychopathy Checklist is a tool to screen screening tests for potential psychopaths. (  Source: https://www.businessinsider.com ).  With brain-scan on youth from the age of 12,  it is possible to intercept brain underdevelopment and future destructive behavior. This man is like Morgan says “evil personified”. We have fought for thousands of years with evil instincts.  Morgan asks “Does a psychopath have a possibility to choose not being evil?” A theosophic anthropological hypothesis I think  we are able to become evil as we inherited a brain from the  instinct driven animal world. Animal unempathic instincts were essential for surviving  once in a time. We have alter on developed a frontal lobe of reason and empathy,  that must control the “snake or red chicken brain” we still have, the animal in us. If that is not the case like with psycopaths, the animal brain easily takes over, developing behaviours that we call evil. My  hypothesis is theologically nourished  by the  Creation as described in the Quran as I mentioned above. I described it in my  “Unified theory Creation  theory” in http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2017/09/08/unified-creation-theory/  that theory later ended up  in my “Enlightened Genesis” in http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/the-enlightened-genesis/ Thanks to the developement of the frontal lobe and reasoning, because of this, I wonder now if  the Quranic hispering devil (Iblis) has got a possibility to mislead us and make us choose the easy solutions, like giving freedom to wrath, revenge and similar expressions. This is especcially possible if a human has a underdeveloped frontal lobe like in youth and people with psycopathic tendencies. The zoroastrian view of evil is:  “God is in all of us.  Good and evil exists in us all. We must make the choice. Each one of us has to purge the evil from within us by doing good Purging the world of evil is not the work of messiahs, its the work of each one of us, whoever we are. https://youtu.be/qVCKHky2Fkk?t=2h47m6s

## Discrimination of women

• Pauls many sentences about the wifes and husbands roles
• Peters mudrer of Anania and Sapphira,

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