Black Thunder 42:<quoted text>
It is the attempt of the human mind to "isolate" any mental character that is undesirable [in]to an entity that is removed from the psyche, and therefor the individual is not held responsible for that thought or action.
There is your "satan" It is an integral part of each and every one of you---that you would like to remove yourselves from...and "religion" does that for you.
What you are describing is pride and hypocrisy.
If you think they are only human inventions and there are no spiritual beings capable of pride and hypocrisy, then that is another issue.