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called in scripture the father of lies, or that principle from which all false statements are generated.
The word "Devil" means "false accuser" or "false affirmer", and this name is therefore in itself sufficient to show us that what is meant is the creative principle of Affirmation used in the wrong direction, a truth which has been handed down to us from old times in the saying "Diabolus est Deus inversus". This is how it is that "the Devil" can be a vast impersonal power while at the same time having no existence, and so the paradox with which we started is solved. And now it becomes clear why we are told that "the Devil" has the power of death. It is not held by a personal individual, but results quite naturally from that ignorant and inverted Thought which is "the Spirit that denies".
This is the exact opposite to "the Son of God", in whom all things are only "Yea and Amen". That is the Spirit of the Affirmative and, therefore, the Spirit of Life; and so it is that the Son of God was manifested that "he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil, and deliver them who, through fear of death, were all in their lifetime subject to bondage" (Hebrews 2:14-15).
Again, we are told that the Devil is Satan. This name appears to be another form of "Saturn" and may also be connected with the root "sat" or "seven", Saturn being in the old symbolical astronomy the
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