Stop Blaming Satan

Stop Blaming Satan August 4, 2019

There have been two mass shootings in the US in the past 24 hours.

When speaking to my mom about the state of our country, her automatic response was, “Satan is at work, let me tell you.”

A constant theme droned out on the loudspeakers of victim blamers, white supremacists, and the like, is, “Take responsibility for your actions!”

Okay, I’ll bite.

Let’s apply this precept to everything, shall we?

Even to the horrific, nightmarish refuse of Hell that the US has become.

Stop saying, “Satan is at work.”

Satan works, yes, but the evil you see? It only happens because of human participation. This isn’t just some mindless, complacent acceptance of a status of events we can’t change.

That’s bullshit.

We can, and should, change it. And stop blaming our willing participation in the violent violation of the good of the world on a demonic source.

Do I believe those said demons rejoice when we aid them in their quest to destroy what God poured Himself into, His creation, His people?


Do I believe that without demonic influence we wouldn’t violate God’s world?

No. We still would.

Say what you will about the story of Adam and Eve, but I really think we would have rebelled against God and His word in one form or another. Maybe without as much severity as we did under the tempting words of the snake, but we would have.

Freewill is both the greatest and the worst of gifts the Lord could ever have given us, and He knew it.

He gave us freewill with the hope that we would return to Him of our own volition; to be one with Him and hold ourselves to His heart in our love for Him and for others.

But look how we are using it—we have the freewill to embrace love, to plant it, to tend it, to let it grow and heal.

We also have the freewill to take the hand that evil hands us—to fully, knowingly participate in acts of domestic terrorism, of blood-curdling violence, with a smile on our faces because we want to eradicate those different from us.

Stop blaming Satan.

Start taking responsibility.

He wouldn’t have the hold he does if we didn’t welcome him in with open arms and loaded rifles.

Stop burying your head in the sand, and stand up for your families, your homes. We have a responsibility to end this, for our children, for their children, for the world at large.

Please, PLEASE, for once, care more about our future generations than you do about your own.

We can leave our world better than we found it if we just cared.

The question is: do we care enough?



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  • Naters

    Zimak also said something good today. More or less gun control, Republicans or Democrats being to blame, all of that needs to be sidestepped. I’m sure any of those things would be the last thing on your mind if you lost someone in a shooting.

  • LastManOnEarth

    Sidestepped? For how long? Until the next mass shooting?

  • Naters

    If you just lost your loved one in a mass shooting, your first thought would not be “somebody needs to do something about these gun laws”. Your first thought would be how sad you were to have lost someone you loved.

  • Shirley Blake

    And why hasn’t someone done anything about this yet. We all have been living with this for a while. When I drive around a pothole on my way to work that keeps getting bigger, you can be sure that the day I find myself in that pothole with a huge car repair bill I’m going to be quite upset that I had been after folks to fix it but they didn’t.

  • rationalobservations?

    According to the annually published Global Peace Index the majority of the world’s most Peaceful nations are also the least religious.
    It’s odd that the fictional “Satan” is as impotent as the fictional “Yahweh” and all the millions of fictional undetected and undetectable gods goddesses and god-men in lands that have abandoned primitive superstitions in favour of education and free secular democracy – and strict gun control…

  • JD

    Ever wonder why your deity cannot seem to get rid of one pesky demon….?

  • Kyllein MacKellerann “

    In the 1950’s it was the Communists. Then it was the Red Chinese. Now it’s Satan. They all represented the unwillingness of people to honestly deal with an annoying (to them) issue; hence, “It’s Satan”. Maybe the Martians will be next. Small minds depend on catch phrases to allow them to avoid actual thought;.

  • Clint Meyer

    Thank you for this honest piece of truth telling. Because we are responsible for the evil doing in the world, we are also the catalyst for a change towards the better. Belief in Satan won’t absolve is from our guilt; he’s and unnecessary cop-out.

  • Naters

    Guns are not like potholes. Guns are needed to save lives. There was a man in El Paso who got his gun and stopped the shooter at that Wal-Mart. In some states, you can’t even conceal carry like you can in Texas.

  • Shirley Blake

    You were talking about how someone might feel after an incident where their loved one is killed. That is all my analogy refers to. When something happens it’s not unusual for folks to immediately think about how or why things happen and how it might be prevented.

  • LastManOnEarth

    Ok, but the rest of us?

    How long is the waiting period before we are allowed to talk about it?

  • Naters

    That thinking isn’t always rational.

  • It is, as you say, our problem. On the other hand, the problem IS primarily spiritual. The notions that there is either good or evil, or that all people share equal and inalienable dignity in imago dei, have nigh been driven out of public discourse.

    And the fault lies first and foremost with the killers. They are the ones who decide to pull the trigger, light the accellerants, stab people, set off the bombs, roar through crowds, etc.

  • Shirley Blake

    Hmmm you expect analytical thinking after a profound personal loss? Hopefully you will never have to experience what these folks have experienced

  • Naters

    I hope not either. But trying to ban even conceal carrying semi-automatic guns is not something rational.

  • fractal

    Satan is nothing more than the projection of everything we fear in ourselves, personified.
    And the other side of the yin/yang equation.

    If you insist on a God and angels that are perfect, you are going to have to have the archetype of a totally evil Devil.
    Of course, the whole notion of this spiritual war between good and evil really got entrenched in the Abrahamic Triad by Zoroastrians, who exported a lot of their religious ideas to the unsophisticated Jews.
    Just more silliness as people tell God what S/He is, instead of abiding in Grace with an open heart and a quiet mind.

  • fractal

    Don’t forget the heathens and the homosexuals and the feminazis.

  • Matt Woodling

    To me, what’s going on looks exactly as if it’s people doing it all by themselves and there’s no god (or Satan) with any concern about it all, or more simple still, no god or Satan. That’s what the world looks like today. And every day since I’ve been l’ve been alive and, by all indications, every day ever.

  • Matt Woodling

    A mind that’s quieter still without ideas of gods rattling around in it.

  • Matt Woodling

    I would say the people who drum up fear of guns being taken away and bad people with guns hurting good people without guns are pretty culpable.

  • Matt Woodling

    As is the idea of a god.

  • Clint Meyer

    Not quite. I see no good reason to say morality has no divine construct.

  • I want to be sure I understand you — are you laying blame on those who want to legally disarm the victims? Or those who resist victim disarmament laws? Or both?

  • fractal

    Spirituality is not a literal exercise; it is by nature poetic, metaphorical and creative.

    Some people need icons which represent “unusual” states of consciousness, and some people need a “personal” relationship with a representative of higher consciousness.

    I agree that the less preconceived notions one has about Infinity, the better.
    However, I have also found that the universe is quite willing to “play” with those who wish it; the Hindus have a word for it; LAYLA=God Play.

    While we as Sapiens will probably never understand Infinity completely, there is no reason to think that there aren’t non-corporal beings who may be willing to interact with us.

    If you prefer your concept of infinity to be impersonal clarity, that is probably what you will find; I have touched that state of consciousness, and it is beautiful indeed.

    HOWEVER—That is not all that is “out there”. Don’t close your mind to the wonder and grace that is also offered to those of us who like our Divinity to be heartfelt and deeply intimate—that is also out there.

    What happens is that people have mind-shattering experiences of the Sacred, and afterwords put their wacky brainwashing to work trying to explain it—a huge error made by spiritual amateurs.

  • Jane Ravenswood

    “He gave us freewill with the hope that we would return to Him of our own volition; to be one with Him and hold ourselves to His heart in our love for Him and for others.”

    Can you then explain how your god’s interventions in human lives works with free will? How did free will work with this god controling a man so it could show off (Exodus and Romans 9)? How does it work when this god will supposedly “17 For God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by agreeing to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled.”?

  • Garvey’s Ghost

    Monkeys, wolves, and every other social animal has rules and morals that they use to govern themselves.

  • Clint Meyer

    And yet, we humans are unique among animals. Far more highly evolved and capable of exponentially more advanced decision making than our closest relatives, whether it be morality or any other subject. I don’t say it’s certainly necessary to have a God to explain us, but he definitely isn’t outside the realm of possibly or even probability.

  • Garvey’s Ghost

    No it is, the only difference between them and us is the size of our brains.

  • Clint Meyer

    I fail to see how our relative brain size has any bearing on the existence of a supernatural being?

  • Garvey’s Ghost

    The idea that morality comes from a supernatural being is childish. We have evidence all around us that shows that any semi intelligent animal (especially social ones) display what we would call morals. These become more advanced with increased intelligence hence why chimpanzees have a more complex social structure vs that of a wolf pack or a herd of cattle.

    No gods seen or even necessary.

  • Clint Meyer

    The development of morality through evolutionary process (which isn’t confirmed), may indeed not require divine intervention but neither does it make it childish. Unless you decide morality has no ultimate meaning, but that implies you’ve already rejected a moral law giving agent. You can’t really arrive at God or no God from either direction, it kinda depends how you look at it.

  • Clint Meyer

    To clarify, I meant that morality isn’t necessarily confirmed as an evolutionary development; I wasn’t questioning the reality of evolution and biological continuity.

    Also, I wouldn’t hedge the existence of a supernatural being solely in the realm of morality. Theists (or deists) believe there are multiple arguments which suggest the existence of a divine entity.