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  1. Jailminister

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    If I were the Devil
    By Paul Harvey

    If I were the devil... if I were the prince of darkness - I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness; and I’d have a third of its real estate and four fifths of its population - but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree - thee.
    So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first. I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve - do as you please. To the young I would whisper that the Bible is a myth; I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good and what’s good is... square. And the old I would teach to pray after me: our Father, which art in Washington.
    And then I’d get organized! I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could, I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction, and I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.
    If I were the devil, I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war themselves and nations at war with themselves - until each in its turn was consumed; and with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.
    If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects but neglect to discipline emotions - just let those run wild until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door. Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing; I’d have judges promoting pornography. Soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the school house and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls and church money.
    If I were the devil I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle. If I were the devil, I’d take from those who have and give to those who want it until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. What’ll you bet, I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich.
    I would caution against extremes in hard work, in patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.
    In other words, if I were the devil, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing.
     
  2. Xingyi Warrior

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    I believe Christ said " Be ye not of this world." And also that in the end times true believers would be greatly persecuted for their faith. It makes me wonder about all the "Christians"(and denominations) in society who, because of their mainstream beliefs, are embraced by the press, politicians, and entertainment industry.
     
  3. ScottEmerson

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    Since I am a Christian, I give what I have to those who need it, until I had eliminated hunger and poverty across my city, my state, my country, and the world, and I encourage other Christians to do the same.
     
  4. Jailminister

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    Scott, it is better to teach those who are able to help themselves to provide for themselves. I encourage other Christians to do so.

    1 Tim 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
     
  5. ScottEmerson

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    It's not about those who won't - it's about those who can't. Those who won't are far, far fewer than those who are unable to. We as Christians have been commanded to give to "the least of these." Ever heard of Maslow's hierarchy of needs? If a person is hungry, how will he understand the Living Bread? If a person is thirsty, how we he understand Living Water?
     
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    scott, I have no problem with that. Our ministry feed homeless and poor and take them in off the streets. I find many many many of those who we help could easily be working, but they don't. But we still keep on helping.
     

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