He looked up, and just fornent him there sat on his haunches a comely-looking greyhound. ‘God save you,’ said Paddy, every hair in his head standing up as straight as a sally twig. ‘Save you kindly,’ answered the greyhound—leaving out God, the beast, bekase he was the divil. - W.B. Yeats (ed.), Irish Fairy Tales (1892) illustrated by Jack B. Yeats http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31763/31763-h/31763-h.htm#
“Where did you go to, if I may ask?’ said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along. 'To look ahead,’ said he. And what brought you back in the nick of time?’ 'Looking behind,’ said he.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Narnia Chronicles "Narnia? What's that?" said Lucy. "This is the land of Narnia," said the Faun, "where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the Eastern Sea. . . ." —The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe One of the Best Stories ever Written!
Things are what direction we take them rather than static symbols. To a person who has "Satan vision," this is evil. To someone else, religious or not, it seems to have a lot to do with living demonstrative character and virtues.