.. hi ya Buck ..<quoted text>
Though my -ex comes close.
It's all in us - the divine and the diabolical.
The only devil is the ego.
Jesus said so, in so many words.
.. many believers will find this post injurious to their beliefs. No devil? Doesn't there have to be a balance in everything, good -vs- evil being the standard concept, Newton's 3rd law, you know, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction" ??..
.. you see, many people are terrified of something which may force them take a compassionate position so, instead, they assume a defensive stance. This is ego, a direct violation of spiritual law, a counterfeit wannabe, a meat-sack nightmare in direct conflict with the authentic self ..
.. and, you are correct. In so many words, the man you call Jesus claimed the ego is false self. It protects, defends and justifies who we think we are. It can be good or bad, everything depends on how we use it. Ego can be a devil or an angel ..