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Why is Pope Francis so obsessed with the devil?

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His tweets and homilies about the devil, Satan, the Accuser, the Evil One, the Father of Lies, the Ancient Serpent, the Tempter, the Seducer, the Great Dragon, the Enemy and just plain "demon" are now legion.

For Francis, the devil is not a myth, but a real person. Many modern people may greet the Pope's insistence on the devil with a dismissive, cultural affectation, indifference, or at the most indulgent curiosity.

Yet Francis refers to the devil continually. He does not believe him to be a myth, but a real person, the most insidious enemy of the church. Several of my theologian colleagues have said that he has gone a bit overboard with the devil and hell! We may be tempted to ask, why in the devil is Pope Francis so involved with the prince of demons?

This intelligent Jesuit Pope is diving into deep theological waters, places where very few modern Catholic clerics wish to tread.

Francis' seeming preoccupation with the devil is not a theological or eschatological question as much as a call to arms, an invitation to immediate action, offering very concrete steps to do combat with the devil and the reign of evil in the world today.

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"...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)

Comments

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Perhaps it has to do in part with the fact that so many people have forgotten that the miscreant exists, or worse, believe he doesn't. 
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator

    Perhaps it has to do in part with the fact that so many people have forgotten that the miscreant exists, or worse, believe he doesn't. 

    THIS 

    The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist...Many people (christians) don't believe in demons or the devil. I think it's for the same reason atheists don't believe in God...IT'S SCARY TO THINK ABOUT and easier to just not believe. 

    MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT the devil is real, demons are real, and both are mentioned throughout the Bible/Torah/Quran 
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    For those who don't believe in a creator - God or the Satan (devil)  good and evil can there be any conception of right and wrong.


    cinot1

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator
    edited July 2015

    For those who don't believe in a creator - God or the Satan (devil)  good and evil can there be any conception of right and wrong.


    cinot1

    I believe a concept of right and wrong could only be achieved on an individual basis (as opposed to a global sense of morality) if one did not believe in God/devil.,...How could they justify any other means of morality on other free-thinking individuals? The most common answer I get is "just do what's best for society". It is a laughable answer and can be completely torn apart by a 7 year-old. What's best for society would be to kill old people once they are no longer useful, to kill undesirable people to stop over population, etc etc
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • gregasgregas Member, Permitted to post new threads
    cant have up without down left without right good without bad  god without devil think its a law of the universe or something
    “One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” ― Nikola Tesla
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    It's true, things cannot exist without dichotomy, or at least that is how our universe was created. Maybe it will be different in the next round. 
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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