Who Believes in the Devil?
ghostgeek: The number of people in the UK who believe in the devil has dropped dramatically, a poll has found. A survey by YouGov found that although a third of the public says they are Church of England goers, only 29% of them believe in the devil.
The Church of England is introducing a christening ceremony that removes the requirement on parents and godparents to “repent sins” and “reject the devil”.
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Zanjan: ~Sigh~ it's getting hard to shock these days, isn't it? You know what would be really shocking? A bunch of people all becoming saints. You can do it, you know you can!
Well, maybe the Church of England's move isn't as bad as the way you made it sound. Let's give them the benefit of doubt until the explanations come in. Most people have now realized the "devil" isn't an entity - just a personification of temptation, your own dark side, your selfish nature.
Why did they add the "d" to 'evil'? Most people get it wrong with Lucifer - he's not the devil, Satan is.
I was listening to a Baptist sermon not long ago. At the end, the young pastor asked the congregation if anyone in the crowd wanted to make a confession of repentance and accept Jesus into their heart in front of the congregation, please raise their hand. NOBODY did that. So, he said if anybody is shy or too scared, preferring to confess repentance in private, they could meet with him after the service. NOBODY did.
In an effort to do things differently, they merely go back and turn over old sod. Was amusing thought to watch him test the waters though. I think those days are over. Maybe the church is saying they don't accept confession of sins to anyone but God?.
Zanjan: I believe in God. I'm aware of the devil in all of us but do not like it. My devil is in chains in the dungeon - that doesn't mean it can't yell at me.
deuce916: I don't believe in a devil, satan, lucifer, etc. All just names attributed to some condition. Why would god create a devil, satan, lucifer, etc? The poor satan has to take the blame for god's fuck-ups.
calybonos: Maybe there is no Devil.
Maybe there is only a God who has Dissociative identity disorder.
deuce916: I could never think I had a devil in me. I can sort of imagine it but it's not a reality. There is no devil in me.
Zanjan: The devil told you to say that.
Calybonos walks into his psychiatrist's office, looks to the left and says "I'm a wigwam", then looks to the right, saying "I'm a teepee"....back and forth, he says "I'm a wigwam, I'm a teepee, I'm a wigwam, I'm a teepee" The Shrink says "Relax, you're two tents"
Zanjan: I believe God made a plan, and He figured everything into that plan. God is stronger than the devil but it makes things more interesting to watch the devil play.
deuce916: Yes I do think he's a dummy. Why would anything want to introduce sin into life? You're berzerker.