Why is the devil so fascinating to people and who does or does not believe in one?
Just wondering why there are so many questions if the devil exists-I always thought it was a personal decision.
The devil is fascinated from my perspective because I don't understand why anyone would be that evil. What is the purpose of being so evil? To ruin everyone's day? To achieve power? What is the point of power if no one likes you or you got there unfairly? It does not make sense to me.
People are fascinated by what they don't understand. And also, most see the devil as an enemy and the best way to defeat an enemy is to know all you can about them.
One of the side effects of being big-brained mammals is that we are always looking for reasons for everything. This is great for discovering why the sun goes down or learning what makes rain fall, but has perhaps made things a little convoluted in the past when our ancestors couldn't quite understand certain happenings of the natural world.
People need an explanation for why bad things happen and the devil makes a great fall guy. Whether he is real or invented, blaming illness, accidents, addictions or any other calamity on some dark entity makes it easier to understand. Unfortunately, when we realize too late there was a perfectly scientific explanation we've already burned a few people at the stake and some nice young ladies are at the bottoms of ponds.
Firewood is expensive these days. Now we're smarter. People don't need to rely on the devil to explain the evils of the world, and fewer people believe. Sure it's a personal decision, but it's also driven by the world around us. Technology has killed God and Satan both.
But I find it interesting that believers say the Devil's greatest trick is to convince us he doesn't exist. Maybe they are right.
I have somewhat of a Rantswer to your question......
...i recently spent 5 nights with my good good born again christian friends (know them for years - born again about 5 years ago)....there was no question the devil existed to them...i was told because I do not accept, acknowledge and state their extreme christian beliefs the way they want me to, then the devil was gettin' in my way...toying with me.....sooooooooo.....i guess the devil does exist....personal decision as to whether 'she' exists?...not according to my good friends!....who could become distant friends soon if they don't lay off...back off. I felt like I was at a flippin' devil intervention!
...sooooooooo.....later....gater...errr...Prey!....ha ha ha....not quite the rantswer you were looking for......eh? yeah?
WHO is THE DEVIL? He/she can be human or supernatural. He/she is PURE EVIL and without a conscious. He/she is THE FORBIDDEN, taboo. He/she is the essence of DARKNESS. He/she is the ULTIMATE REBEL. read more
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