If I Were the Devil PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Teel   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

Back in 1964, the newspaper columnist and radio commentator, Paul Harvey, first wrote his famous column on the subject, “If I were the Devil.” While I don’t particularly care for this kind of thinking, he was able to make some very poignant points about religious problems as well as many other good points. By stating things from the Devil’s perspective, he was able to get people to open their eyes to the truth that other teaching methods seemingly could not do.


I hope you don’t mind if I attempt to use Paul Harvey’s way of reasoning in this column to try to make some points that perhaps will get the reader’s attention. While the comedian Flip Wilson coined the phrase, “the Devil made me do it,” the truth is we all do what we want to do by our own free will. We sometimes, however, fall into the devil’s trap of making excuses for why we disobey God. The devil doesn’t MAKE anybody do anything they don’t already want to do.


If I were the devil I would convince people there is no God (Psalm 14:1). And then I would trick them into thinking that man just evolved from an ape anyway so why shouldn’t he just live like an animal? I would persuade them the Bible is just a bunch of old fashioned stories made up to scare little children into doing right. I would tell folks that reading the Bible is a waste of time and they will only be confused by doing so.


If I were the devil I would convince people they are pleasing to God in whatever state they find themselves. I would convince them they have no reason to change their life no matter how wicked or rebellious they may be. I would have them reasoning that there are many other people who are far more evil than they, and so surely God will save them in their “little” sin.


If I were the devil I would persuade folks to live as wickedly as they want and really enjoy sin for a season. Since this life is all there is, I would have them convinced it really doesn’t matter what a person believes, as long as they are sincere. Eat, drink and be merry!


As a matter of fact, I would just keep on doing what he is already doing!


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