The Devil and God are real, they exist inside of each of us. We know when we do something bad just like we know when we do something good. You can feel it inside of you. But the difference is that I am not going to be judged for it one day, I am judging and choosing it now. No one made me do it. Circumstance or situation didn’t make me do it. Choices I have made in the past have led me to the present and future situations and decisions. And then how I respond is based on years of social and formal education and the influence of outside stimuli that culminate into choices that dictate my actions. I am not the puppet of the Devil or of God. I make my own choices. Some are good ones and some are bad. But they are my choices. Everyone is capable of great evil or of tremendous good. Of being the Devil or of being God as they have been described to us. But we hold the strings. We make the choices. We decide if we are going to be the hero or the villain. The factors in our lives determine how we turn out. Mental capacity, genetic abnormalities, physical environment, parenting, schooling, and exposure to drugs and alcohol all have extreme effects on who we are and the decisions we make. Not the preordained whims of some cosmic beings playing a game of chess for all of humanity using us as the pieces. What kind of a God would that be?
And let’s say the two of those deities were real. If the Devil had an army that he sends to Earth to do his bidding, then wouldn’t he reward them when they returned to hell? Hell would be like Vegas for the Devil’s henchman and sinners. Also if Hell was meant as a punishment by God for ill will and wrong doings, that would mean that God employs the Devil to do his bidding. And what of the priests and people of the cloth that have committed atrocities that the “church” has forgiven them for? Are they too going to heaven? No, I think that they would wind up in hell as well. But then wouldn’t the Devil reward them for forsaking God? It gets really convoluted. Also, the idea that the two places, Heaven and Hell, are the only choices seems a little harsh. Do I really think a thief and a murderer deserve the same eternity? Or someone who cheated on their wife and someone who worshiped a false deity deserve to same punishment of pain and suffering at the point of Lucifer’s pitchfork? And does that mean the 5 billion people in this world who are not catholic are going to Hell just because they have not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior? No wonder the world hates us, we have told everyone they are going to Hell.
The idea of a Heaven and who will get in has only served to separate and alienate people from one another creating ironically a Hell on Earth. Separation, racism, hatred, intolerance are all side effects of religion. Religion is the yoke that leaders have placed around our necks in order to control our actions and keep them firmly in place at the top. Heaven has been the carrot they use to keep us motivated. It is time to remove this veil of illusion and determine for ourselves our own happiness. Look to what we hold dear here on Earth as pieces to creating the puzzle of heaven. Love your wife or husband, care for your children, respect your parents, be considerate to those around you, and value the time you spend with the people you love. Those are the secrets to finding and being accepted into “Heaven.” Don’t wait until the end of your life to find your paradise, for it will be too late. Open your eyes and look around and you will see that Earth is its own utopia filled with natural wonders and treasures created by the people who have come before us. It is also filled with people who are too blind to see it. Abra sus ojos.