What if satan is the good guy and god is the tyranny and evil? i don't consider this a heavy philosophical question, but i need discussion none the less haha
satan only killed under 10 people (don't quote me on this fact, i'm sure someone has a more accurate answer), wheres as god...im sure you can work that one out. i.e the almakites
might doesn't equal right, is there a book of satan? what if hell is not hellish?, but only told from the people bias of heaven and god
They say that history is written by the winners, and if the winner and loser themselves (god and satan) don't exist, then the representatives of the winners would tend to dominate things, no great surprise.
If there is a real contest here, it is between rationality and irrationality, with the latter currently holding the majority, while rationalism may be slowly but surely ascending. Personally, I don't like the satan vs. god model, as I don't care for either of those characters and neither has any demonstrated existence. Rationality vs irrationality, however, is VERY demonstrable, and I think that is where our focus should be.
To be honest, when I first read this, I was thinking, "So What. Flying Spaghetti Monster vs. Quetzalcoatl. Superman vs. The Incredible Hulk, etc." However, it got me thinking about the Abrahamic religions that all claim to be monotheistic, and are not. Judaism has Yhwh, but also has the god of evil, being Satan. And there are other spirit creatures, such as Golem, dybbuks that possess humans, etc. In Christianity, there are three gods in one - trinity - a theistic Swiss Army Knife. And, they also have the god of evil, along with various and sundry lesser gods such as angels, saints, and demons. And, while Islam has Allah, they also have the same god of evil the other two do (plagerism?), along with angels, jinns, and a host of other other spirits.
So, the point I take from this, whether it's God v. Satan, or FSM v. the Titans, or Allah v. Batman, is this. While many claim to be monotheists, there really aren't any.
Pat, "trinity-a theistic Swiss Army Knife." That is awesome! LOL
What I don't get is that if their "god" is all-powerful, why doesn't it kill satan?
You posit a question that has been answered enthusiastically (in both senses of the word) by the world's Gnostic sects. In the Mideastern tradition there are the Yezidis, who worship Satan in a cave, lighting candles to His name: they see the Devil as ruling this world, so He must be the true God. Similarly, the early and medieval Christian Gnostics included such "satanic" sects as the Cainites, who turned the litany of saints in the O.T. upside down, claiming, for example, that Cain was infinitely superior to Abel because the latter was favored by another god called Ialdabaoth, just as Korah was superior to Moses. When you stop to think about it, why villify Judas of Kerioth since it was only through his interventioin that the Messiah was allowed to go to his death that we all might have eternal life? (You can say one thing: the religious have practically monopolized blindness to reason.) Ialdabaoth is actually the same as Yahweh and Jehovah, but he is satanic. Only Abraxas is divine.
Excellent information! I enjoy learning the obscure points of religion.
Really excellent point! Considering how awful the bible god, "God", behaves, arbitrary, mean, murderous, angry, just really really cruel, the god "Satan" might well be a nicer person. And if "God" is lying to everyone, then maybe you are right that hell is not hellish. Considering that the supporters of "God" always seem to want to kill and punish people, they are more demonic than demons.
Of course, it's what the followers do that's important. The rest is all fiction.
@ michele ricketts. You are exactly right.
Regarding christianity, in theory, it is logically valid to say that in reality god is evil and the events in the bible are just a (flawed) publicity stunt to make him appear good and satan is actually the good guy fighting against him and has been subjected to a smear campaign.
I think a good case could also be made for comparing god to an evil facist dictator, crushing those who oppose him, demanding obedience and requiring adoration and material wealth.
To be honest, I think that might does equal right when talking about gods. If the supreme god says that something is right and chooses to reward conformity and punish disagreement with this, there is nothing and no-one that can cause the situation to be otherwise. It's not fair, but then neither is reality.
Love the picture and what it says Mike!