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Why is it that the devil gets in the mind of the weak?

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Walt O'Reagun Profile
Walt O'Reagun answered

For the same reason "god" is.

The weak minded need to believe in something more powerful than humanity, that they can blame for problems - rather than taking action.

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

Because the weak will always look for excuses. "The Devil made me do it" or "it was God's will" are both cop-outs for failing to take responsibility for something.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

It's not just the weak---it's the nature of us humans.

Read Romans 7.

A tad over the top perhaps, but here's a description of him:

Satan is not some mythical character with horns, tail, and pitchfork. He is very sophisticated and specialized. He is the greatest under-cover agent of all times., Biblical descriptions of him include everything from an angel of light to a ravenous beast. Anyone is a welcome challenge to him, from Adam to Jesus himself. Nobody is too good or powerful for his advances. He was strong enough to defeat one of the apostles of Jesus.

Ravenous beast and sophisticated and specialized are how CS Lewis portrayed him in his book "The Screwtape Letters."  

Pepper pot Profile
Pepper pot answered

In Judaism Satan is an angel/messenger of God, (Job 1:7) (1 chron 21:1) his job is to test mankind.

Isaiah 45:7 shows that God creates all things both good and evil.

For we were granted freewill to choose between "good and evil."  It was only when we were given choice that sin entered the world. Satan is described as the serpent (trickster),  the angel of death (he's there at the death sentence), the accuser (Zech 3:1) ego, and arrogance. 

Hence, we are in a continous battle to either give into sin, lust, greed, gluttony, envy, pride, sloth, and wrath, to give into worldy desires and those of the flesh, or proceed toward a spiritual godly way of life which takes a person closer to  God. Satan can also influence other's in getting you to commit sin, just as the ego does. Satan is seen as a sort of purifyer. Jews do not believe Jesus was the Messiah. They see no need for a Messiah because mankind is not beholden to the original sin doctrine. They believe that man can behave honourably by following Judaism. 

http://www.beingjewish.com/basics/satan.html

However, in Christianity a Christian when reborn (a new mind, new person). Becomes filled with the Holy Spirit, which acts as a defense against Satan who is seen more as an out there figure, a fallen angel. Jews see Christianity as a different religion altogether.

However, some Jews believe all religious text leads to a similar goal.


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Pepper pot
Pepper pot commented
I am not sure if God can see the world is good and full of wickedness at the same time? Even Jesus says that we are not to be of this world, but part of his kingdom. The two views of Judaism and Christianity contradict each other.
Charles Davis
Charles Davis commented
Pepper, you said "In Judaism Satan is an angel/messenger of God," This is quite true, but it actually goes a bit farther than that. Ha satan being a noun in the Hebrew writings and not a proper noun it can be any one, human, angel, or even God himself. Compare 2 Sam 24:1 and 1 Cron 21:1. Ha satan is the "adversary", "accuser" or even enemy. It is not, as you stated, any one particular being.
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
I see wickedness allowed by God's consequent will, but not intended by His antecedent will. While God is the "mover" of all things as the exemplary cause, evil comes from men, not God---so yes He can see it full of both at the same time.

I have a fair about of simple knowledge about what the Jews believe. I disagree on original sin, the nature of angels and whether they have free will. and various others.

I find the Hypostatic Union and the Mystical Body to be reasonable and real.

If Christ was both God and man and as the "new Adam" established a new relationship between God and His creation, I find it necessary to believe the Jews just didn't "get" the crucifixion, death, and resurrection.

But since they are still the chosen people, I have no reason to try and change their minds. I figure the universe is unfolding as God intends anyway.

Regards.
Jann Nikka Profile
Jann Nikka answered

I think the evil/bad (the physical present of the devil is NOT inside men/women) is in peoples mind and their actions he sees and influences them to continue their bad/evil ways and habits.

Nealious James Profile
Nealious James answered

Hello
Megan! Weak people are often helpless and this makes it pretty easy for the
devil or anything that can reassure them, to get in their minds. It will be
wise to avoid exploiting, but helping such souls! Guiding them towards paths
that will strengthen and awaken them will be the right thing to do!

John Roche Profile
John Roche answered

The devil doesn't just get in the minds of the weak. Truth is he is amazingly wise and insightful, all be it evil. He knows how to convince even the most brilliant that foolishness makes perfect sense. Hitler was convinced extermination was good, Oppenheimer that a nuclear bomb should be built,  King David to kill his leading General and friend to cover up his adultery......The Bible says it this way "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

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