We do not sin because the devil exists. The devil exists because we sin. Our iconic religious images are no more different than Bill Keane’s characters Ida Know and Not Me in The Family Circus. Those characters exist out of refusal of admittance. God, on the flip side, is our longing for praise. We do our good deeds in the name of god. We want his praise, his love, and even his acceptance. Why do we not just go about saying that we do our good and bad deeds out of our own interests. I do bad because something in my make up said I should. Something in my life experience pushes me in that direction. I can’t always control it, nor can anyone else. It’s not the devil that made me do it. I just use him as a scapegoat.