The devil is not a myth

Jan 27, 2020

When it appeared that satanism existed in the school and the community the principal called in the parish priest as well as the police. Both were to question the learners to get to the bottom of it and address them from their experience. Sergeant Oberholzer explained that Satanism as a form of devil worship is not the same thing as someone being possessed or oppressed by evil spirits.  That is not by choice.  The parish priest also spoke about the devil at the school assembly.

The scribes said of him, “he is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons. Jesus replied, “How can Satan cast out Satan?  If a kingdom is divided against itself that kingdom cannot stand. Mark 3:22-30. 

Pope Francis.  We should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech, or an idea. This would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable. The devil does not need to possess us. He poisons us with the venom of hatred, desolation, envy and vice. When we let down our guard, he takes advantage of it to destroy our lives, our families, and our communities.  “Like a roaring lion, he prowls around, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Gaudete et Exsultate 161.

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