A better name for the entity
known as Satan
, Lord of the Flies
, in Christian dogma
anyways. The reason this entity
was created was to blame
of the world, all the wrongs
, everything that is "bad
" is piled onto this figure. In the grand tradition
of organized religion
must be laid, not just on the people that committed them the evil
acts, but also on a central figure as an easy answer
to the question of why those sins
Why use an entity to represent morality? People should be able to decide that for themselves. Just as "God" is supposed to represent all that is good, the Anti-God represents the opposite morality, of sin, corruption and deceit. Right? Why don't people accept the fact that not only are acts of sin the creations of humans and the perpetrators should bear the full responsibility, no entity is neccessary for the sake of association with their actions. Blame blame blame.
For example, "You are the agent of Satan." A few centuries ago, if a member of the clergy accused you of this, you'll be roasted on a spit to a crisp in no time. Makes it easier for the clergy to get their way. Don't need to go through the nasty process of proving guilt. Since the existence of the Anti-God cannot be proven, it is sort of difficult to prove a person's link to this entity, so the accusation cannot be proven false. Would you like the sinner medium or well-done?
It is also an integral part of the entire reward/punishment system that is present in almost all major religions. The embodiment of evil and punishment all in one makes for easy depiction of the consequences of being bad. Gets it across to the people. "You do this, you burn in hell under the hands of Satan. Get it?". The Anti-God is an excellent piece of propaganda. It is simple, easy to explain, gets across to a wide audience, lots of people fall for it, and has a long-term effect on the gullible. Such is the appeal of religion.
It would be better if this entity had no name, that way people cannot use it as an excuse or use it to blame as easily as they do now. Or better yet, didn't exist. That way people can judge their morals and actions by themselves, not out of fear of some fictional entity with horns and a spiked tail.
See also heaven and hell.