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Satan as HumanFools as Godly Miltons Paradise Lost is one of the most unique works from the Renaissance period Bringing a fresh perspective to the SatanGod conflict that until the time of its authorship had not been represented that is the perspective of Satan himselfSatan is presented as a bit of a fool reacting more as a human being which provides a comic element of identity in the rebellion against Heaven However it suggests the operation of the weak or suggestive side of humans that is not angelic ie the flesh is willing but the spirit is weak Humans who are less godly than angels are fools At the same time fools who are Godly are Sons of God who in the Earthly realm of those who would be mini-Satans or this genre of a demi-god suffer all the time whether Godly or not Satan is not an animal not the serpent of Paradise Lost rather the serpent was a vessel by which he imposed his will on humanity He acts through the serpent by possession or suppression He uses the serpent to acheive his own ends manipulating Adam and Eve and thereby striking at God through the creation that he holds most dear man A serpent can wrap itself around part of any other object or concept intellectually of smaller to larger size He is lustful but sex is not the issue in his enticement In his own desire not to be alone in the choice he makes he entices and manipulates others and himself onward in disobedience to Gods Law concerning the abuse of the tree of knowledge in subtle indirect ways so as to avoid detection This is one of many reasons the Western esoteric tradition stresses personal responsibility There is no excuse that the devil made me do it We act it we live it we own it until we make a different choice Law does not change for any human
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