Temptation from the Devil = Genjutsu?

Dear readers, you may need to have some background about Naruto in order to fully grasp this post. From Narutopedia:

Genjutsu (幻術; Literally meaning “Illusionary Techniques”) are techniques that are employed in the same fashion as ninjutsu, requiring chakra and hand seals. However, the primary difference between the two is that the effects of genjutsu are illusory; instead of attacking the victim’s body, genjutsu techniques manipulate the flow of chakra in the victim’s brain, thus causing a disruption in their senses.

This is often used to create false images or to cause pain from trauma (because the body is led to believe it is in pain); however, there are plenty of other uses depending on the situation. They are not used as often as ninjutsu because they don’t physically harm the opponent ”

Here is a fight between Itachi vs Kakashi:

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Itachi begins his technique

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The sky turns as red as blood

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Kakashi is trapped in Itachi’s technique

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Intense pain!

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Itachi ends his technique.

 

All this torture happens in….. Kakashi’s mind!! Yet, the result is that Kakashi has to be warded in hospital due to mental trauma.

 

Sometimes, I consider temptation from the devil to be some kind of genjutsu as well although the way it works is different from the description above. Basically, the devil distracts us, not destructs us (just like Pastor Robb Thompson says, “The devil can only plan your distraction, not destruction”). First, the devil comes into our mind and either speaks to our mind or simply shows some tempting images. Then, the mind battle starts. Imagine the following scenarios:

1.) When the devil tempted Adam and Eve, there was an image of delicious fruit and a great fantasy of becoming like God in their mind.

2.) When Cain was tempted to murder Abel, there was a enjoyable fantasy of murdering Abel in his mind.

3.) When king David was tempted to commit adultery, there was a sexual fantasy in his mind.

 

In all of the above examples, the devil did not even need to physically harm them. The devil simply messed around with their mind. In the end, they all realized they had sinned against God.

By the way, don’t’ blame the devil whenever we fall into sin, ok? By definition, the temptation does not exceed our capability to fight back.

How to fight genjutsu? One method is: “In addition, tailed beasts can break their jinchūriki out of genjutsu in a similar fashion if they have a good enough cooperation, as seen in Killer Bee‘s case.”

Killer Bee has Hachibi in him which is helpful in breaking any genjutsu cast to Killer Bee.

Similarly, we have the Holy Spirit in us who can help us win against the devil’s temptation.

 

So, next time you are tempted, tell yourself”: It’s just genjutsu! Genjutsu!” Then, don’t forget to ask help from the Holy Spirit to fight the devil back, ok?

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Posted January 6, 2011 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Uncategorized

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