Evil has always existed in the historical account of human beings. The current and immediate history of political and social events support the existence of evil, given such actions as the murder of innocent people in the name of religion, given rape, infanticide, crime, drug addiction and rampant greed and corruption.
However, when pressed to refine their belief, most people quote a physical force represented by some kind of entity as witness to their belief in evil. "The devil", "Satan" or "Lucifer" are some of the most common names that people in Western and Eastern nations will quote as evidence for evil.
The belief of evil manifest in superhuman beings is one of the oldest spiritual beliefs of humanity. In some of the most ancient of cultures, it is belief that evil existed on Earth before humans and that humans themselves were the product of these flesh and blood beings.
So what is evil? Does it really exist as we believe and what are the oldest true understandings of it?
The origin of word (Etymology)
The word evil is translated from the Ancient Greek word ubel, which is equivalent to the word azazel in hebrew. In Olde English, the word was spelt yfel and later ivell and evyl.
In the earliest meaning of the word, azazel was believed to be a demi-God cast down by the gods for his actions against humanity and doomed to wander the Earth never to escape until the end of time. In Biblican stories, this equates to the story of the archangel Michael and the story now associated to the history of The Devil.
Therefore the word evil in its earliest sense, is evil incarnate- the physical manifestation of ill, badness. While the original meaning of evil as the title of the supreme bad spirit has been lost, evil retains strong negative meanings, including “bad in a positive sense, morally depraved, doing, or tending to do harm.”
Let us therefore look at the earliest "evil" beings of history.
The Sumerian tradition
It is the Sumerian tradition as an interpretation of the oldest remaining texts of humanity and continued through the gnostic tradition of christianity that Earth was the site for a prison of the very worst and evil beings of a higher order race from the a nearby star system.
Banished from their own world, the Sumerians believed that they eventually genetically altered our ape ancestors into the first prototype humans. Later, as the gnostic traditions believed (e.g."The Da Vinci Code") these evil beings created the second prototype human, the ADAM human.
Not satisfied in controlling our destiny in life, the minds of these several hundred evil beings represent the arch-demons, the super evil spirits that every single culture of humanity has believed have secretly shaped our world through possession since the very beginning.
The Sumerian understanding of evil flesh and blood prisoner gods has continued through many strands until the present day. There are reflections of these understandings in the most complex and difficult of gnostic texts. There are glimpses of this understanding even in some of the orthodox christian sects and even as a base belief (although embellished and twisted) at the heart of Scientology.
Amen (also Amun) -The hidden one 2500 BCE to present
Amen comes from Egypt , as a supreme creator God, worshipped as pre-Dynastic, but officially “emerged”around 2500/2400 BCE to 400CE.
Like much of Ancient Egyptian history, the history of worship and meaning of Amen was lost until recent times. Synonyms include Amen kem-atef (snake god), Amen kamutef (fertility god).
Centre of religious worship included Thebes (Luxor)- Great Temple of Amen at Karnak; Luxor Temple south of Karnak dedicated to the ithyphallic form of Amen kamutef.
Literary sources include the Pyramid texts, temple hymns and the Egytian Book of the Dead. This source includes a hymn from at least 2000 BCE or later that begins “Amen, amen which art in heaven...”
According to Ancient Egyptian religious history, Amen is a sun God, lord of the sky and king of the Egyptian world. He is perceived as a primeval deity present in chaos at the creation of the cosmos and is therefore also one of the eight deities of the Ogdoad coupled with the Goddess Amaunet and representing hidden power.
He is portrayed as a pharaoh, with blue skin and wearing a modius (turban) surmounted by two tall feathers symbolic of dominance over both Upper and Lower Egypt. In addition to the major temples at Luxor, further sanctuaries were built byond the first Nile cataract at Amada, Soleb, Gebel Barkal and Abu Simel.
Amen is symbolised chriefly by a ram with curved horns. The Nile goose is also sacred to him. He is a god regarded as hidden but spreading throughout the cosmos, unseen but everywhere. Though depicted anthropomorphically, in temple hymns, other deities describe him as “hidden of aspect, mysterious of form.”
Amen is variously described in Ancient Egyptian texts as “the hidden one”, “only one” and “secret master”.
In the new kingdom from the middle of 1600 BCE onwards, Amen was drawn as a manifestation of the ancient sun god of Heliopolis, which effectively raised his prestige still further and earned him the title “king of the gods.” he was also regarded as being the father of each pharaoh. At Thebes he was revered as a snake deity with attendant connotations of immortality and endless renewal.
As a member of the Ogdoad, he has the head of a snake. Amen’s ithyphallic form probably came from the notion that because he was “first formed” of the gods, he could not have a father and therefore has to impregnate his own mother. He is generally regarded as a god with great sexual attributes. The Temple of Queen Hatsepsut at Deir el-Bahari bears a relief of her mother impregnated by Amen. A similar scene exists in the Temple of Amenhotep III at Luxor. The Great Hall of Hypostyle is filled with wall paintings of Amen and the pharoah and contains several processions honouring Amen.
By 1355 BCE the Amen priesthood was a powerful force in Egypt leading to the eventual contest between Amen and Aten, the God ‘created’ by Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten). Amen’s eclipse was short-lived and he returned to prominence until the end of Egyptian history.
The word Amen, is found throughout the Old testament texts as well as the new testament texts and is still featured in Christian ceremonies.
However in all cases, its Egyptian religious heritage is either not provided or simply not stated. In the Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, the word is identical and hence untranslatable across Ancient Greek, Hebrew and Latin.
It meaning according to Oxford English Dictionary sources is given as “certainty, truth”. In Finlayson’s Symbols and Legends of Freemasonry(page 20) it is stated “AMEN-This untranslatable word, the same in all languages is a name of the great God of Egypt.” In Revelation 3:14, God is called “the AMEN”.
The use of the word Amen as part of rituals and prayers of the earliest Christian sects is well recorded as is its continued use today.
It is therefore astounding that Christian doctrine on the one hand decry’s “the serpent” of the garden of Eden as a manifestation of the supreme evil being, while on the other hand calling upon faithful to speak the word Amen as a call to “God”.
It is recorded that at the time of the great “Romanising” of Christianity under the stewardship of the Apostle St Paul, much of the Jewish mysticism was removed, or simply hidden from view.
Set(h) 2500 BCE- 400 CE
The name Seth represents arguably one of the oldest formed spirits of ill will of human history. In Ancient Egyptian history, Seth is known as the God of chaos and adversity, with literary sources dating his existence in Ancient Egyptian literature to the earliest known sources of this culture from around 2500 B.C.E.
Seth is a deity who generally represents hostility and violence, but who has also claimed considerable respect. His parents are Geb and Nut and his fellow siblings include Isis, Osiris and Nephthys, who at times is also seen as his consort.
More typically he is linked with Semitic war goddesses including Anat and Astarte. Legend has is that he tore himself violently from his mother’s womb. he is depicted in human form with the head of an animal that seems to bear faint similarity to an aardvark with erect ears and a long curving snout.
He is also depicted in wholly animal form, in which case the beast bears no real similarity to any living creature, but has a stiffly erect tail. Other animals symbolising the god include the oryx, pig, boar and the hippopotamus when it is a disruptive element of the river. Seth is also represented by the crocodile (see Geb).
Sometime during the middle of 2500 BCE, in the II Dynasty, there was a break with the tradition whereby the kings of Egypt were linked with the God Horus. The falcon symbolism os Horus was replaced with that of the creature of Seth. Several Egyptian rulers followed the cult closely.
Tuthmosis III in the XVIII Dynasty, for example, titled himself ‘the beloved of Seth.’
In the Osirian legend, first recorded in the Pyrmaid texts and later popualrised and embellished by the Greek writer Plutarch, Seth is the jealous adversary of his brother Osiris. A separate mythology credits Seth with defence of the Sun God Re as he is about to be swallowed by Apophis, the perenially hostile serpent God of the underworld. The so called Book of the dead accounts Seth as the ‘lord of the northern sky’ who controls storm clouds and thunder.
Ramesses II, in a treaty with the Hittites, implied a fusion of Seth with the Hittite storm god Tesub. There is an interesting juxposition of the image of Seth in the history of Judaic religion. In the gnostic mystical texts, Seth is seen as a powerful archon and ally to the creation of humanity. Seth is also mentioned as being one of the two brothers created by the coupling of Adam and Eve.
In European languages, Set(h) is the true origin of the figure and literal name of Satan, derived from several words, including Old English (settan) Old Spanish (settian) Old Gothic (satjan).
Hades- the invisible one 1400 BCE to 400 CE
Also formerly Ades (Greek origin, although unknown history) Hebrew equivelent is the word Sheol (seol), the abode of departed spirits.
In Greek mythology, the oldest name of the god of the Dead, also called Pluto;
hence, the kingdom of Hades, the lower world, the abode of shades.
Hel(l)- 200 BCE to 300 CE
Cthonic underworld goddess. germanic and Nordic (Icelandic). The daughter of Loki and the giantess Angrboda and the sibling of both the Midgard worm who will cause the sea to flood the world with the lashings of his tail and of Fenrir, the phantom wold who will swallow the Sun at Ragnarok.
She is Queen of the otherworld, also known as Hel(l) and she takes command of all who die, except for heroes slain in battle, who ascend to Valhalla. In some religious histories she is depicted as half black half white. She was also adopted into british religious history hence the modern name for a place of lost souls, being called Hell.
In Old English- hell is defined as:
• The abode of the dead; the place of departed spirits; the infernal
regions regarded as a place of existence after death; the grave.
• The abode of devils and condemned spirits; the place or state of
punishment of the wicked after death.
• A place or state of wickedness, suffering or misery.
Satan- 2000 BCE to present
(Origin Aramaic and Syriac) Hebrew = satan Meaning oppose, plot against. The ultimate origin of Satab is disputed as either a corruption of Dagan, a significant god of Syrian mythology, or Set(h), the Egyptian adversary of Osiris.
Later applied as the proper name of the supreme evil spirit, the Devil. Given the previous analysis of the word set and its translation into other languages, it is almost certain the word originates as a translation of the word Set as well as the concept of a supreme evil spirit.
Devil- 30 BCE to present
The Greek equivelent was (diabaulus) meaning slander, traduce.
The Greek word was made up from two words (dia meaning across) + (ballein meaning throw). The Hebrew equivelent was the word satan meaning accuser, slanderer.
Ancient Goth was directly from the Latin translation of the Greek, diabolus.
• The supreme spirit of evil, the tempter and supreme spiritual enemy
of mankind and foe of God and holiness (also known as Satan).
• Also applied to the false Gods of non Christian doctrine
• Generically a fiend, a demon.
Lucifer- 300/400 CE to present
Latin = light bringer and proper name for Venus (lux, luc = light + fer = bearing). The morning star, Venus, when she appears in the sky before sunrise.
It is uncertain when this word came to be used as another name for Satan (the Devil). However, given the closeness of the name to venus and the Roman god worship, it is likely that the negative meaning of the word did not gain widespread usage until the effective takeover of the Roman Empire’s apparatus by the Christians post 300 CE.
Humans and the supreme evil being(s)
In the historic texts of humanity, only a handful of humans have ever appeared to have understood, named or even successfully brokered a deal with these arch-demons, the most famous being Solomon and the ancient kings of Egypt.
"The keys of Solomon", the most sought after dark mysteries of the blackest of black magic are supposed to have been the techniques used by King Solomon to recruit these demons into possessing the workers who build the great temple of Jerusalem giving them "super strength".
Satanism is the modern equivalent in trying to recruit these spirits into service, but without much real understanding of the historical context, nor of the respect of their names or origin.
Real evil- the messiah syndrome
In contrast to the rare and esoteric texts on demonology and satanism, there are volumes of history on the existence and witness of evil through human mind and action.
Human history is dripping in the blood of innocents by the hands of sociopath's who showed no compassion or empathy to their fellow human beings. The existence of a dark counterfeit soul in human is evident through the phenomena of the Messiah Syndrome.
Even today, in the 21st Century, religious messiahs and zealots are sowing evil through the killing of innocent victims in promoting a twisted 'romantic quest' for their devout followers.
The greatest evil, evil that is abundant and within view is deliberate ignorance. To walk across the other side of the street when someone cries for help. To run away when someone needs you. To ignore the calls for help and love of family members. To cast aside friends and people who you don't think can advance your career.
Evil is ignoring the world, separating yourself from the world. That is evil in the flesh. Only by removing yourself from society do you set up a state of mind to do the horrible crimes we see on crime Tv channels and in the papers.
Awareness is to awaken, to see behind the veil of reality. To connect to the universe and others. To respect life, to respect and love your own life.
Evil beings and One Heaven
Of all the theories and beliefs concerning evil beings, the oldest and probably most accurate is that before humans there existed flesh and blood beings exiled to this planet for their crimes.
That these higher order life forms were cursed by their own and in turn cursed humanity from the very beginning.
In contrast, the wisdom of human beings and our ability to touch the infinite has allowed us to escape from such bonds, in contrast to these most ancient and supremely evil spirits still trapped in a dark world of their making.
The Treaty of One Heaven is therefore of greater historic importance to the most ancient of evil beings in that it represents the very first time for redemption. In another context, it offers for the first time a mechanism not only for truce and the end of war in heaven, but of a lasting harmony.
For not only are the most supremely evil beings offered amnesty, they are honored under the constitution of One Heaven as Great Spirits upon agreeing to the rules and conditions of One Heaven. This is forged in the historic Treaty of Satan, a key part of the constitution of One Heaven.
In a mark of destiny and cycle, the first cursed are the last cursed, the last respected have become the first respected, the war is over and peace has started to reign in heaven. One day, inevitably, without doubt, peace will reign on Earth. This is the final covenant and promise of the universe to all higher order life forms that live, have ever lived and will ever live on planet Earth.