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  • I think so, yes. If someone feels they can blame "the devil" for their actions or situation it takes away their personal responsibility. [Good question.]
  • Blaming the Devil or many other things other than ourselves for alot or most of the "bad conditions" in our lives is a cop out and is one of the reasons kids are killing others at age 10 and we have the kinds of crime and hatred in our country and in the rest of the world. People unfortunately find it very hard to own responsibility for their words and actions, and also how their children behave, since they were the parents who instilled whatever values, morals and standards they have into them from birth. Blaming the Devil is about as helpful and accurate as blaming the weather or ghosts for bad events or conditions in our personal lives or in the state of this country and of the world in general.
  • a lot of people use the Devil as an excuse. As with anything, he can offer, but you can refuse, especially with the help of God Himself.
  • Absolutley.
  • 9 times out of 10 yes. Most of the time it's our own fault...
  • Partially. I believe that blaming the Devil helps one escape from personal responsibility; however, it also removes responsibility from Yahweh/Jehovah/Allah who has been dedicated entirely to good in the Christian and Islamic Abrahamic traditions. When a monothesitic deity is dedicated entirely to good, some reason/explanation for bad things has to rise to fill the void in the theory. For instance, "If God is so good, why do small children die?" Answer: "That's not God, that's the Devil."
  • I dont believe in the devil,its just a excuse to put the blame on someone else after all if you put a knife in some one,was that not your hand that did it????
  • Yes, I think we are all responsible for our own actions. A person should have more respect for themselves to do bad and blame anyone else -- even if they are blaming the devil. We all can make choices on our own once we are adult and blaming one's bad behavior on anyone or anything else is a cop out.
  • I don't blame the devil, I blame my Genes and my hormones.
  • Some may use it that way. Satan is powerful, but not so powerful so as to override our own desires. The Bible shows us in the Book of James, said Jesus’ half brother James: “Each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire. Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn, sin, when it has been accomplished, brings forth death.” (James 1:14, 15) The angelic son who became Satan, therefore, let his own selfish desire entice him into wickedness. We can see from this example that we should immediately dismiss wrong desires that come into our minds, or that are put before us. Entertaining the desire nourishes it, and it will become fertile and bring forth sin, to our sorrow. Peter said this: “Keep your senses, be watchful. Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone. But take your stand against him, solid in the faith, knowing that the same things in the way of sufferings are being accomplished the entire association of your brothers in the world.”—1 Peter. 5:8, 9. The Bible shows us that God is much more powerful than Satan. We must turn to God in prayer when we feel ourselves being tempted. God holds each person responsible for their own actions.
  • We were given freewill by God to do as we wish. If we do something wrong, we had the choice of doing the right thing as opposed to the wrong. The devil didnt make us do it, we chose to do it. Blaming the devil is just a sorry excuse. He cant make us do anything we dont want to do.
  • Yes I believe it is an excuse to escape our own responsibility,
  • Yes. Even though I do believe in the devil, he does not make our choices for us. Any bad situation that comes about may be the result of someone succumbing to temptation, but the devil never made them choose to mess up. They did that themselves. People who say "the devil made me do it" just don't want to admit that they are the ones at fault. The devil only suggests, never forces.
  • IF THEY DO THEN THE DEVIL IS IN GOOD COMPANY; PEOPLE DO THAT WITH GOD TOO.
  • No one makes us do anything, they can influence us but the whole "The devil made me do it" is just a way for some people to avoid accepting responsibility for their actions. In my eyes it takes a bigger person to admit when they screw up and try to fix it if they can or at least not repeat it. We are all humans we are going to make mistakes.
  • I think it's a way of obscuring the paradox of an omnipotent God who allows people to suffer.
  • Did the Devil make you ask this question?

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