1: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money) ; broadly : figurative language — compare simile.
2: an object, activity, or idea treated as a metaphor : symbol 2met·a·phor·i·cal·ly
\-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb— met·a·phor·ic \ˌme-tə-ˈfȯr-ik, -ˈfär-\ or met·a·phor·i·cal \-i-kəl\ adjective
1). an indirect suggestion; slight indication; hint
2). a vague idea or notion; suspicion
Etymology: ME ingkiling < inclen, to give an inkling of
A weakness in seen in this one:
It really must be admitted that: If we are at such a low point spiritually that we attempt to rationalize Our God, by looking to the reasoning that "Evil exists therefore God must exist", we are an extremely pathetic excuse for a Human Being.
IN THAT ...We have more than likely used our free will to place "the boogie man" as a surrogate god. Knowing fully good and well that The Real God has given us the Gift of Faith in sufficient measure (by nature of heart or by instruction via loving parents or others) to never out and out Worship such evil and thereby allow our self examination to view our own condition as Good for simply refraining from worshiping evil..
In laziness and selfishness we allow ourselves to play a game of denying that such far fetched ideas as "real devils" or "real demons" exist. As well as, because such evils MUST remain unpopular with such holy persons as us, we bypass most conversations where they are concerned . Not until a new documentary which baffles science comes along do we even give it another thought.
AND when we view such a mysterious phenomenon as unearthly apparitions of evil we would never equate it to a beckoning from God to recognize the similarities present within our own soul to those of the evil apparition that is suffering for all eternity and no longer has the opportunity (that we do) to work with Gods Will rather than exclusively with our own in the effort to make the needed changes and obtain Grace and Virtue, rather than existing in Spiritual Neutrality.