Today, I randomly text my thought to a friend who responded with "the same goes for the devil being external" and then it clicked - it's all in us. There is no God other than consciousness which makes choices based on its nature. Ego is the projection of a consciousness accepting the lie in an effort to remove responsibility. When both God and or the Devil are external, personal responsibility is deflected at the price of impotence. God sanctions heinous acts while forgiving ones made from succumbing to the influence of the Devil. It's all so convenient - and stupid.
Christianity is based on a doctrine of bankrupt humans who despite any attempts to be good by their own will never come close to clearing the balance. All forgiveness requires though is the acceptance of a dogma that this God supposedly entrusted to a few people. Believe, and presto, golden ticket to eternal bliss. Every religious system preaching an external God is a means to disempower and control consciousness. Leaders are absolved of their destructive behaviors because "Jesus forgives. We're all flawed humans until that glorious day in heaven when we reap the benefits of what Jesus did on the cross". Followers propell themselves forward under this burden burning the present as fuel to reach a future hope. Heaven and Hell, God and Satan are all between your ears until you project them outward based on a belief in the lie that we are our egos.
We are not the compilation of all the things that have happened to us. Events only serve to reveal who we are if we choose to see past circumstances. Otherwise traumas and successes serve only as another layer of paint on the facade imprisoning us.