...I have a very colorful history: much of my life I was against God and aligned with Satan. God chose to take me out of my evil surroundings and love me. I think God commissioned me to spend time in the enemy camp so I could better understand what is really going on behind the scenes.
At this particular point in my history, I can only honestly speak from what I have learned. I do not place judgment on anyone else's point of view. I do not say that I have all the answers. I do not say that I am right and someone else is wrong. I feel like it is not my position to judge, and I would prefer not to be judged in the afterlife. I would prefer to be rewarded in the afterlife and then give my reward back with reverence and honor because I am not worthy.
The mind and soul are different parts of our being. The best way I have found to understand hard truths is to use metaphor, analogies, and comparisons from the world in which we live to direct us to a deeper understanding from the surface to the deep. I believe our souls are the part of us in which we can communicate to God. Our soul is what God sees when he looks at us. Our souls are our core. When humans describe what another human looks like, they generally describe our physical appearance. Our physical appearance is what our eyes see; both eyes and appearance are surface physical realm realities. God loves us because of our souls, not our minds or physical appearance so; God love us because of who we really are.
For us to start on a journey of wisdom, we must start with love. Not the surface love, not the world's view of love, but love as God is. Our soul is tainted by our minds and physical destructive activities. Think of a computer: A computer works as it should until it is tainted by its users and outside users. The core of a computer is the insides. When properly used, it does as it should. When a virus is introduced, the computer's core is corrupted. Just so, our souls are tainted by its user and outside users. Our minds are kind of like the antivirus software used on computers. Evil must first enter the mind to reach the soul, just as evil must pass through the antivirus software to get to the computer.
Our physical activities are simply a representation of what is in our mind. Our physical activities are not the worst of our sin. If our minds are corrupted, the next step is the soul.
If we start a journey of pure love-which is not where we start because, we must first find the path to pure love to be able to start our real journey of wisdom there. By that I mean humans are tainted. We cannot start at pure love. We must back track to pure love, then start our blessed journey from pure love. For wisdom beyond the physical realm, you must start at, and in love. Anything that pulls you away from love, no matter how trivial, is the wrong direction. A deep love for God first and fellow humans second is the beginning of wisdom.
Now, you can gain understanding beyond the physical realm through the dark Lord's path. Gaining spiritual knowledge from Satan is very destructive to your soul. It is like searching the internet for a computer virus and clicking the infect button. Sure, you may gain knowledge of how a computer virus works and in turn learn about how your computer works but, at what cost? I am intimately sensitive to Satan's tactics. Some humans are so desperate for immediate knowledge of spiritual tidbits that they take their pleasures from the easiest place possible. Satan is more than happy to provide extra knowledge in exchange for your priceless soul. Often, Satan's knowledge is prettied up in a book from his human slaves. Most people prefer to gain illicit knowledge from a pretty cover than directly face the true author...Satan. Back in my dark days, I personally preferred to gain knowledge directly from Satan. I do not recommend trading with Satan. God has cleansed me and now I have wisdom, not just knowledge. Sure, I wished God would just download all wisdom into my mind but, in his wisdom he gives me what I can handle. ~b