Oh lordy I couldn't stand reading the entire thread, but I did read a good portion of it.
I myself find it funny how you had an All mighty god with all his wrath and fury raining upon the earth in the old testament, but in the new testament he is this lovely dovey god. *It is funny how a book can change the way the entire religion is practiced. *It is funny how a man written book and be the basis of a religion, and claim it is the word of God.
Onto my opinion of the question that started this thread.
The devil was manifested by the Church as a scare tactic. *Ever wonder why there is not many places in the bible that mentions satin or many of his other names? *Because it was added! *The pentagram, A satanic symbol? *WRONG!! *It is a pagan symbol for the god Venus and fertility. *The pitchfork. *Was it wielded by Satin? *NO *It was King Neptune's Trident. *Turned into an evil symbol by the CHURCH to push forward its own religion. *There are many other symbols made bad by Hollywood and the church to further there own devices. *Satan was just another excuse to get you to church more and strengthen the church.
This whole power struggle was invented! *This whole good bad stuff was created to strike fear into people and pull them toward Christianity.
That is my opinion.
Believe what you want. *It makes no difference to me.