When most people think of the number 666, they think of what is supposedly the number of the beast or the number of Satan. The real meaning behind the number 666 is that it has to do with Nero Caesar, who was a cruel Roman emperor who persecuted Christians in biblical times. I’m sure you’ve also seen the horror movies or read the books where the Antichrist has the number 666 tattooed on him somewhere.
Even if you’re not a Christian, you may still believe in an evil, negative, or tempting force that compels you to go against common sense, morals, decency, or good judgment. Or you may simply call this force “human nature.” It is much harder to keep to the path of good or righteousness than it is to go down a path of darkness and evil. What is easy is not always right, and what’s right is not always easy. I know it’s a cliche, but it’s a good rule of thumb, along with the old saying, “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
Satan isn’t necessarily the stereotypical red guy down in hell holding a pitchfork, or the handsome fellow with a black goatee. Some see Satanism as the worship of the self, and therefore, they see Satan as a figure who only looks after his own interests and steps on others to get what he wants so that he can be satisfied. Basically, where Christianity and other religions stand for selflessness, Satanism stands for selfishness. It’s a simplified view; there are many different types of Satanism, as there are many different types of Christianity.
The “devil” or “Satan” or whatever you may choose to call him can tempt us when we choose to follow the path of least resistance, or when we become complacent, or when we start acting and feeling as though we are superior to everyone around us. In this crazy life, it’s impossible to avoid having a fight with the devil every now and again. All those battles are what build (or destroy) character.