The Devil’s latest strategy

Once upon a time the Devil was sunbathing on his recliner by the lake of fire and basking in his universal fame and the success with which he was able to disrupt God’s plan for human salvation.

Suddenly several of the Devil’s top military advisors appeared around him with urgent and frightening news.

“Why are you bothering me during my well-deserved rest? What is the matter?” asked the annoyed Devil of his highly decorated henchmen.

“Our intelligence agency has learned that the Lord is preparing to return to the citizens of earth and finish business,” said one of the Devil’s five-star generals.

“This looks like the final big battle that we’ve all been dreading,” said another of the Devil’s top brass.

The Devil sprang up from his recliner and, throwing his suntan lotion at one of the generals, angrily asked, “What is God’s strategy this time?”

“The Lord God is going to reveal the deeper mysteries of faith so that the human race will be better armed to fight off our evil influences,” said the nervous five-star general with suntan lotion dripping from his grotesque face. “Our magicians have looked into the future and prophesied that these holy mysteries will be revealed from the writings of a specially-prepared being on the planet earth named Emanuel Swedenborg.”

“Ouick! Let us all move to our war room,” said the devil.” And bring with you the latest images of the human brain.”

They all moved to a special cavern, which although quite stinky, was equipped with the most modern multi-media technology in the universe.

The five-star general pushed a computer key and a holographic image of the human brain appeared before them. “This is an example of the human brain before the ‘Fall’ in the Garden of Eden. As you can see it contained a more pronounced cerebellum which was capable of perceiving God’s influence directly from heaven.”

A big smile grew across the Devil’s face. “Yeah, that is when I discovered the flaw in this original mental architecture. The human brain was first designed so that its cognitive or intellectual function was always in complete agreement with the human heart and will. Because of this, I realized if I could influence the human heart towards egoism and against God, the human intellect would also get dragged down with it.”

The second general then pushed another computer key and a different type of human brain appeared next to the first one. And spoke “This more modern design is how God countered our most cunning and evil maneuver. You can see that in this new model of the brain God enlarged the frontal lobes of cerebrum and redirected many nerves so that this part of the brain could operate independently from the cerebellum. This divine adaptation allowed the human race to raise their understanding above their worldly desires so that they could adopt nobler principles into their lives. God also instilled a new holy function in the human psyche called conscience.”

The Devil addressed his general again, saying, “The Lord God came into the world so that conscience could be more activated within the lives of humans. Since God took on a finite human body and brain, it provided us with a physical medium by which we could challenge and attack His goodness through worldly temptations just like everyone else. I was sure that Jesus would succumb to His human nature and would get off the cross to show his power and anger at his tormentors. But God stayed on that damn cross and showed that he had the power to transform His human nature for dominance and revenge and be in perfect harmony with His Divine heavenly nature of Infinite Love and Wisdom. This is where I suffered my worst defeat.”

Another of the Devil’s five-star generals addressed the assembly and continued. “Even though God put us in our places when he was in the world, we soon realized that the human race, which was now hard-wired to see and judge reality only from sensory perception. would continue to miss the deeper levels of meaning within God’s message and stories of the Holy Scripture. We ascertained that the human race was still inclined to create false religious doctrines from their inferior cognitive abilities and literal interpretations of God’s holy narratives”

The general then turned to his Evil-in-Chief, stating, “We all know the Lord’s return, called the Second Coming, is not a physical event, but will involve teaching the human race about deeper spiritual revelations, which offer more detailed instruction about the highly important process of eternal salvation.” With fear in his eyes the general asks his dark ruler, “How can we nip this in the bud and stop this new dispensation from happening?”

The Devil, now with a really worried expression on his face, asked that the image of the more modern brain be enlarged so that he could get a better view of the workings and physiology of the neurons. When this was done the Devil turned to his chief scientific advisor and asked. “If this modern brain design is wired chiefly for sensory inputs, could we modify its functioning so that it would operate independently, whereby information gathered from the outside world would become segregated and cut off from conscience?”

The Devil’s head scientific advisor raised his eyebrows and became excited. “Why yes! If the influence of the physical world was powerful enough whereby superficial and artificial knowledge gained a life of its own through habit, it would disconnect the neuron’s outer functioning from its deeper functioning. This would allow an artificial consciousness to cover over one’s real consciousness and bury the impulse of spiritual conscience implanted by God.”

“I love it!” exclaimed the Devil. “If God split the human psyche, we’ll just split it further! That way, we could reduce the God-inspired feelings and thoughts of conscience into a small and pitiful remaining sediment, locked up in a deeper part of the human psyche. The fools on earth, through their culture and education, will become quite accustomed to the status quo and start believing that their artificial consciousness is their true consciousness! Therefore, when the Lord God decides to return and finally reveals to humankind new divine knowledge it will be absorbed by the artificial consciousness and people will simply imagine they are being transformed. How wonderfully treacherous that would be! Besides, no one will be brave enough look at any information that would contradict his or her self-delusions. Instead of rooting out their personal flaws and changing from within, people on earth will always dodge their responsibility, and instead, always ‘hope’ and ‘pray’ to God that things be different.”

His Evil Majesty then ordered the generals to make sure that all the inhabitants of hell concentrate their influence on splitting the human psyche so that people would take their eye off the ball and forget their cosmic responsibility. He knew that sincere self-criticism would be too hard to bear for most individuals and therefore keep spiritual conscience safely buried where it would be prevented from taking hold.

The Devil began to contemplate how this would change the strategy of his ongoing battle against God and His heavenly angels. “Ah-h-h, it no longer is even a question of good vs. evil,” remarked the cunning Devil. “With a split in the human psyche, it becomes a question of trance and illusion.”

He and all his evil crew threw themselves to the ground, fully enjoying their intense belly laugh.


About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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4 Responses to The Devil’s latest strategy

  1. Great story,

    Those of us who have read the Bible know that the Devil is a liar and a deceiver from the very beginning. Do you think he was being honest and told the truth to his generals? Way back in time, even some of his angels rebelled against him when they found out he was a liar and deceiver. Satan was a teacher of lies. Especially in the above story, when the he. ‘turned to his Evil-in-Chief, stating, “We all know the Lord’s return, called the Second Coming, is not a physical event, but will involve teaching the human race about deeper spiritual revelations, which offer more detailed instruction about the highly important process of eternal salvation.” He even lied to his generals. He just could not help lying. It was in his blood, like we have his blood in us.

    Since God is all knowing, and all powerful, and ubiquitous, He know Satan’s tactics. So He had a plan for recreation, and restoration of Humankind. Since God’s will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven, God had the Holy Bible assembled in pieces, and had it say many things that contradict one another by giving its readers two prophesies for one event. That has even created division in the churches whose leaders all interpret the Bible one way or the other.

    God wanted to trick the Evil General, and the broods of vipers who resulted from the evil general. However, when the lord comes again, he will unite all Christians, and all religions, centered upon God’s original will, his plan, the original ideal for His creation.

    God realized that, if He sent the Lord the second time as a man, (the same way He sent the first and second Adam), and if the man began the kingdom of heaven in secret, as the true man, a True Temple of God, with the heart and the mission of Jesus, and if this third Adam began his human family which grew larger year after year, and if this third Adam could forgive sin, similar to the second Adam, and if he could build God’s kingdom little by little, like a thief in the night, then God could win over the evil General deceptions, his evil friends and generals. God would win both oth on earth as well as in the spiritual world

    The kingdom of heaven would slowly and quietly develop and spread over the world and grow as a mustard seed, which begins as a seed, then grows into a tree, then becomes fruitful (perfected), and multiplies new mustard seeds, and fills the earth with Trees of God’s Love, God’s Life and God’s lineage, and then take dominion back from Satan, and gives it to God, the rightful father of humankind and the Cosmos.

    God has fooled the evil General into making the evil generations of Satan’s children think that the Lord was not coming in the flesh, but in our mind or spirit only. That gave the third Adam a chance to establish God’s Word and teachings, and to begin God’s family on earth. I hope you understand that.

    Finally, after the Kingdom of heaven is large enough, filled with human “Temples of God,” and with “True Adams,” “True Eves,” and “True Children,” then God could take over the evil world through education, and turn it into a “new heaven and a new earth.” All people would realize that the lord came, in the flesh, like a thief in the night. When the Lord comes again, all eyes will see the Lord at the same time, if they turned on the streaming from the Internet. The Lord would be coming on “the clouds,” the acronym for the internet. The lord would be able bless the world while all eyes could see him, and we would have the beginning of the Kingdom of Heaven.

    It is not magic, however, because we have to perfect ourselves by to studying God’s word and plan from the teachings of the third Adam. They would be published in books and be online for us all to read and ponder, and understand, and live up to. Mankind has it’s responsibility, like Adam and Eve had theirs to obey, and Jesus had his to repel Satan’s temptations as well.

    History has shown that the KOH has to start with one man and one woman, as true parents, who were to multiply, fill the earth with true family, and take dominion over the universe (Gen 1:28). It has to begin with one man, like Adam, or like Jesus, but this time, the third Adam, coming in the flesh, would have God’s physical family, God’s physical Clan, and God’s physicals Nation, and would set up God’s Kingdom of unselfishness, which would eventually extend into the Cosmos.

    Then God and Humankind would be one in heart and one in spirit, and God would even forgive Satan, his worst enemy. The kingdom of heaven would be a combination of the spiritual realm and the physical realm.

    The devil was correct when he expressed his worry to his generals about how the Lord would come again. The devil knew that the second coming “will involve teaching the human race about deeper spiritual revelations, which offer more detailed instruction about the highly important process of eternal salvation,” the devil knew, from Jesus very own words, that when he comes again, he will reveal all truth. The Devil was afraid and he certainly did not want people to be looking for a true man who revealed truth about the purpose of the creation, the fall of man, and the restoration of humankind. Especially now a days, the “last days,” when the Lord is to come.

    Today, the Lord, the Third Adam is alive on earth, and has revealed a lot more of the truth and revaluations about how we can build true families, true societies, and a true nation and true world.

    It is a pity that some people still believe, and teach, like the devil, that the lord is not coming in the flesh. They believe the liar, the devil who said “We all know the Lord’s return, called the Second Coming, is not a physical event.” -we do not all know that-!! That is just a lie, a deception, similar to the time he deceived Adam and Eve in the garden, and similar to the time he tried to deceive Jesus on the mountain.

    Satan is constantly trying to deceive humankind, even the most learned people, the most well-read, even the stars and leaders in the world, even some of the followers of Swedenborg. The devil has tried to convince even Christians themselves, that the second coming in only in our hearts, not to be seen. That is for sure, there is no visible sign of the Kingdom of Heaven, if you do not know the third Adam. After all, the Holy Bible also teaches us that the second coming will have a new name when he comes,, and will be born in the East, and all eyes will see him.

    Happy New Year and God Bless us all.

    JIM R

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Jim,

    Thank you for your lengthy comment in which you put much serious thought! I look forward to receiving your comments from my new book “Proving God.” I suspect we will have some future disagreements, however, I believe you to be a sincere believer in the spiritual need for human salvation and a friend.

    Spiritually yours,

  3. Dear GodGuy,

    I have happily received my personal copy of your book, “Proving God,” and will begin to study it. As I do with each new book in my hands, I first flip through it, looking for diagrams, and hoping. To my surprise, I found many delightful and thought provoking geometric diagrams. Having been a math major in college, I was very happy to see them, especially to see your vortexes and spirals. I think that the spiral is the ultimate form of give and take action, so I will study deeply your thoughts in the chapters concerning them. Of course, I will read and study the other chapters as well, especially your chapter 10, “The Second Coming.” I will be looking for real proof that the lord is not coming in the flesh since I have proof otherwise. We can compare at a later date.

    The cover intrigues me. It looks like a human heart and similar to pictures from the NASA web site, so I am going to trace it down. Of course I love it.

    Bye the way, I have to make up some nickname for myself as you did by calling yourself TheGodGuy. I like that name, by the way. How about “AnotherGodGuy?” I hope it does not infringe on your copyright. I have been called many names in my life, but not AnotherGodGuy. Perhaps it would be good if all people in the world called one another by the name of “AnotherGodGuy” or AnotherGodGal.” Perhaps it would save time and be politically correct if we just used “AnotherGodPerson.”

    God Bless you Mr. TheGodGuy.

    Happy New Year to all.

    From AnotherGodGuy, Jim.

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Jim,

    While you can call yourself anything you want, you are certainly taking advantage of a marketing tactic called “borrowed interest.” Only the Lord God knows your heart.

    The cover art for my book is artificial. My wife, Sue, who is a graphic designer superimposed the image of a human heart onto the Nebula. This is to communicate that love drives the universe.

    I have had discussions about the Second Coming for several years now and I guess you are going to challenge me to explain myself all over again. We will see what I have time for – since I am well into a new book project.

    Spiritually yours,

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