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Does man need the devil to perform evil?

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No , Man have equal ability to do good or bad , Thus he is accountable for what he do .
if you are to impose blame on the devil for every bad thing , Then anyone could take this as an excuse , and that would lead to chaos .

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No.

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Nope

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Interesting question. I think man can do evil without the devil's help, although I dare say that it makes the devil happy when it happens. Greed is usually the motivation, either for power or money or both.

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Satan is the reason and cause of evil in the world, it makes evil possible, but its immediate presence is not necessary for a human to do evil acts if intent on doing so.

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"By oneself, indeed, is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself, indeed, is one purified. Purity and impurity depend on oneself. No one purifies another." (Dhammapada, chapter 12, verse 165) http://buddhism.about.com/od/basicbuddhistteachings/a/evil.htm

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The sin nature is that part of human beings that impels us to commit sin. The Bible teaches that we have a sin nature. Not only do we commit sin, but it is our nature to do so. This teaching is in contrast to that of many religious movements that deny original sin or total depravity. The sin nature is mentioned in Romans 7:25; 8:3; and 2 Peter 2:18. It is called the "earthly nature" in Colossians 3:5.
Only Christ can overcome the sin nature within us. When a person trusts in Christ for salvation, he or she receives a new nature. The "natural man" becomes spiritual (see 1 Corinthians 2:14). Believers "have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him" (Colossians 3:10). Read more: http://www.compellingtruth.org/sin-nature.html#ixzz2WzOVdntn

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Great answer. what do you mean "natural man becomes spiritual"?
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"The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit." 1 Corinthians 2:14
The spiritual man only, is the person to whom God gives the knowledge of his will. In the Holy Scriptures, the mind of Christ, and the mind of God in Christ, are fully made known to us. It is the great privilege of Christians, that they have the mind of Christ revealed to them by his Spirit. They experience his sanctifying power in their hearts, and bring forth good fruits in their lives.Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
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Well said strawberrygirl and Bond Servant.
1 Corinthians 2:11 "For what person perceives what passes thru a man's thoughts except the man's own spirit within him? So no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God."
verse 16 "For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge?
Be we have the mind of Christ and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart." Amplified Bible
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We're just tempted we have choices to listen

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NO. Good and evil are attributes of mortal beings. Man acts good, just as he commits evil. There is no aerial phantom as the devil, in the employ of a non-existent god, whose only task is to collect thousands of billions of humans, who would be used as infinite kindling woods, for the savage torture chamber called hell, created by a malevolent god. All these are barbarous productions, imagined and invented by the sacred falsehoods of the past.

The religious "devil" was simply an invention by religious mythologists, in an attempt to hide the failures of their god. To show a ray of light, and to insist that life was not meaningless, a devil was a compulsion. Because only by imputing them on the devil, the religious designers could keep their god out of contempt of mankind and could preserve the "all good", "all just", and "all merciful" attributes of their god.

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There are evil spirits that can make man evil. but even without satan or evil spirits, man can still do evil things because man has weaknesses and prone to do evil things by his/her own lust

James 1:14 - - - But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

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The devil tempts people for sure, but if they are in the habit of doing certain evil things, then they'll do it anyway without the devil cheering them on. Jeremiah 17:9 says "The heart is deceitful and wicked above all things. Who can know it?"

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