It is funny how we tend to blame others for our own faults. I guess it is human nature to look outside of us to blame. How often have you heard excuses like we lost because the other team cheated, I didn’t get the promotion because my boss does not like me, and the devil made me do it? Many religions make it too easy for us to escape the blame.
Everyone believes that there is an opposite for everything. For example, the opposite of big is small, the opposite of man is woman and the opposite of good is bad. God is good, so there must be some force opposite of God that is bad. This must be Satan or the devil. Can the devil place bad thoughts in our minds, or do we generate these thoughts ourselves? In this world, there are many things or persons that tempt us. The churches would like us to think that the devil places these evils in front of us. But can it be these evils are generated from the minds of mankind?
In the Tip of the Writing Brush (Ofudesaki) is a verse,
Among all mankind, there is no one who is evil.
It is only a bit of dust stuck on them. 1-53
These dusts are greed, arrogance and self love that accumulate on our hearts. If we eliminate these dusts from our minds, we can become good and spirited. Suppose instead of asking God to help us fight Satan, we ask God to help us eliminate greed, arrogance, and self love from our minds. By ourselves, to eliminate these evils from our minds will be a herculean task; this is why we pray to God to help us!