Metaphysical meaning of Devil (rw)
Devil--The mass of thoughts that has been built up in race consciousness through many generations of earthly experiences and crystallized into what may be termed human personality, or carnal mind, which opposes and rejects God.
The devil as a literal personification of evil is totally rejected in the Unity metaphysical theology. Yet the devil is a metaphysical symbol which cannot be ignored. It exists. It causes harm. But it is also something which can be dealt with in a manner which prevents further harm. All this is beautifully symbolized in the Gospel accounts involving Jesus and the devil. The devil is a personified symbol of a human tendency — the tendency toward negativity. There seems to be a trace of this in everybody, more strongly active in some than in others, but it is a collective phenomenon and it is strictly a human consciousness phenomenon which has no existence in pure spiritual principle. Ed Rabel, Metaphysics 1, The Problem of Evil, The Devil"
- Ed Rabel
The "devil" is a state of consciousness adverse to the divine good. Other names for this state of consciousness are the Adversary, carnal mind, the accuser, and the old man. There is no personal devil. God is the one omnipresent Principle of the universe, and there is no room for any principle of evil, personified or otherwise.
Devil, how to overcome the--The Devil is overcome by denying his existence and by affirming universal Christ love for God and all men. The devils that we encounter are fear, anger, jealousy, and other similar negative traits, and they are in ourselves. Christ gives us the power to cast out these devils, thereby cleansing our consciousness.