Satan

Peace be with you

Satan, Arabic: الشيطان ash-Shayṭān (“the adversary”)

In this very way we exist in this world, like fish. The adversary spies on us, lying in wait for us like a fisherman, wishing to seize us, rejoicing that he might swallow us. For he places many foods before our eyes (things) which belong to this world. He wishes to make us desire one of them and to taste only a little, so that he may seize us with his hidden poison and bring us out of freedom and take us into slavery. For whenever he catches us with a single food, it is indeed necessary for us to desire the rest. Finally, then, such things become the food of death.

Now these are the foods with which the devil lies in wait for us. First he injects a pain into your heart until you have heartache on account of a small thing of this life, and he seizes (you) with his poisons. And afterward (he injects) the desire of a tunic, so that you will pride yourself in it, and love of money, pride, vanity, envy that rivals another envy, beauty of body, fraudulence. The greatest of all these are ignorance and ease.

Now all such things the adversary prepares beautifully and spreads out before the body, wishing to make the mind of the soul incline her toward one of them and overwhelm her, like a hook, drawing her by force in ignorance, deceiving her until she conceives evil, and bears fruit of matter, and conducts herself in uncleanness, pursuing many desires, covetousnesses, while fleshly pleasure draws her in ignorance.

But the soul – she who has tasted these things – realized that sweet passions are transitory. She had learned about evil; she went away from them and she entered into a new conduct. Afterwards she despises this life, because it is transitory. And she looks for those foods that will take her into life, and leaves behind her those deceitful foods. And she learns about her light, as she goes about stripping off this world, while her true garment clothes her within, (and) her bridal clothing is placed upon her in beauty of mind, not in pride of flesh. And she learns about her depth and runs into her fold, while her shepherd stands at the door. In return for all the shame and scorn, then, that she received in this world, she receives ten thousand times the grace and glory.
The Book of Authoritative Teaching, Nag Hammadi Library

love eternal
tad

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11 Responses to “Satan”

  1. Ben Says:

    I’ll have to get a hard copy of this as reading and thinking deeply about what it means in my life is hard to do online. ‘Hard to do’ as in it’s physically hard for me to stare at my radiation emitting, hard-on-the-eyes computer screen for any length of time.

    🙂
    Thanks though.

  2. moviedad Says:

    And Ibilis was jealous of Adam, and said to God: “Why should I bow before him? I was made of fire, and he is merely made from mud.”
    A lot of the things talked about in the ancient legends makes a lot of sense if you think of it in terms of Star Trek, or Dune, or some other science fiction. Extremely evolved individuals playing with the lifeforms on Earth, trying to find a good species to host the DNA modifications necessary to create mankind. It all makes perfect sense.

  3. Ben Says:

    Yes, once you make that first Olympian leap of logic…it all makes perfect sense after that.
    🙂

  4. moviedad Says:

    What logic is that? So there’s no mystery? You got it all figured out. How nice for you. Call it what you want. there is plenty of room for imagination, at least for those who have some.

  5. Ben Says:

    Hahaha. Okay.

  6. Ben Says:

    Your posts are neither imaginative…nor logical.

    moviedad:

  7. suzy blah blah Says:

    –i think Jehovah really is the Lord of this world, ie He is actually Satan, and He needs to be killed. Here’s a sample of the typical shit “our real adversary”, God, has put down:

    So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee: and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee: and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the Lord have spoken it.
    (Ezekiel 5:17)

    For behold, the Lord will come with fire, and his chariots, like the whirlwind, to render his anger with fury…(Isaiah 1 6:15)

    …and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord and by His fierce anger. (Jeremiah 4:26)

    -this furious angry mass murderer and horrendous leader who stood by and let his own son be mocked and killed tells you He is the God of the whole Universe. And you believe him? The truth is that He is an evil God, Jehovah by one name, Satan by another, and He is the one running this world.

  8. moviedad Says:

    I love those discussions whose only claim to legitimacy is the horrific results of sociopathic interpretations by the greedy.
    I believe/know that all science is miraculous. There are so many more things than are found in your philosophies.
    Yeah, you flat-earthers and luddites had it all figured out way back when only infidel doctors dared wash their hands.

  9. moviedad Says:

    Hmmm, first the insult and then….”hey, check out this cool link.” yeah, don’t think so, what is it a URL-Capture site? No need, unlike you, I’m target-able.
    And speaking of imagination…

  10. moviedad Says:

    Suzy, get therapy. “He” is not running anything, there is no ‘He’. Only those greedy zealots who run the world for money and power. Of course, you already know that.

  11. suzy blah blah Says:

    -i asked for therapy, but He gave me something stronger, pills.

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