Deal With the Devil

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There is quite a LOT written about making a deal with the devil.

OF COURSE, a great deal of what is written on the topic is penned by those who are followers of Satan.

According to traditional Christian belief about witchcraft, the pact is between a person and Satan or a lesser demon. The person offers their soul in exchange for diabolical favours. Those favours vary by the tale, but tend to include youth, knowledge, wealth, fame, or power…the bargain is considered a dangerous one, as the price of the Fiend’s service is the wagerer’s soul.

Many stories have been told about those who bargained with Satan–a being of much higher intelligence than any human.

[FYI: Regardless of the above claim, Satan is not a demon, either greater or lesser.]

In the stories (as well as the occasional song) the price for Satan’s assistance in a matter is the bargainer’s soul.

SOME of the stories have the devil collecting the bargainer’s soul and the bargainer experiencing a great sense of regret at losing it.  But, IF this was the case, why would one bargain with one’s soul to begin with?

So, a little thought on the matter will show the loser being upset more at the THOUGHT of losing, rather than the loss of his soul itself.

SOME of the stories have the bargainer “outsmarting” the devil–As if…–and retaining his soul.  In these types of stories, the bargainer actually becomes the story’s “hero.”

A FEW of the stories have twists–where either the devil or his bargainer appear to initially lose, then win.

The BIG LIE in all of these stories is that a deal with the devil–usually an airtight legal document provided by Satan and signed in the bargainer’s blood–is UNBREAKABLE.

It is not.

IF the one who make the deal sincerely repents (changes his path) and seeks the LORD, no deal with Satan will stand.

But that would be an EXTREMELY rare occurrence.

  1. IF the person was willing to barter away his soul for temporary gain (pleasure, power, money, fame, etc.), then it is HIGHLY unlikely that person would suddenly receive an appreciation for his soul and the benefits of eternal life with God and Jesus Christ.
  2. Truly, the MOST CLEVER person would realize that he will lose ANY dealings with an entity of a higher order than himself, such as Satan.  BUT, as humbleness and humility are not qualities normally associated with vain, over-confident big mouths (one of the favorite targets of Satan), most who might engage Satan in a game of Let’s Make a Deal–though they might possess a sort of crude street smarts–will come up woefully short in the “cleverness” department.
  3. Many workers of iniquity have cut various deals, ONLY to find out later they were scammed.  That is one of the many dangers associated with dealing with a well-known, accomplished LIAR.

There are many who the world celebrates for making deals with Satan who seemed NOT to regret their deals–at least not in the popular re-tellings of their story.

One of the most well-known of the stories concerns blues musician Robert Johnson, who became infamous for cutting a deal with the devil at a crossroads.  Not only have there been songs dedicated to Johnson and his infamous deal, but there have been parts of movies dedicated to the same story.

The devil got Johnson’s soul and Johnson got the musical ability which men later celebrated as “The Best Delta Blues Musician ever.”

OF COURSE, Robert Johnson was long dead before he became famous.  During his short, 27-year-long lifetime, Johnson was poor and unknown.

(Wonder if he had figured that as part of his deal?)

Still, there is no record of Robert Johnson trying to wiggle out of his deal with Satan.

One suspects that any who would engage the devil to make a deal would never admit they got the short end of the stick.

There is much more to relate about those who make deals with the devil, their stories and what can be learned from their mistake.

But for now, the main point the reader should take away from this piece is

DO NOT ENGAGE THE DEVIL IN WORDPLAY.

DOES the reader know of any stories, movies or songs which talk about deals with the devil?

DOES the reader usually “cheer” for the person making the deal?

DOES the reader ever think about occasions where real people trade their eternal souls for a few years of worldly treasures?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: February 28-March 1, 2020.]

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