‘If I were the devil’ by Paul Harvey 1968

 PAUL HARVEY’S ‘IF I WERE THE DEVIL’ TRANSCRIPT

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 it’s 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 pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

“If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches at war with 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 schoolhouse, 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 symbols 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 wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what do you bet? I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as thee way to get rich? I would caution against extremes and 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 right on doing on what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.”

On Being Blind

What is the fear that people have about believing? Why does it completely erk some people when someone has belief? Why is it that people are so eager to have proof when they do not even strive to obtain this proof? It reminds me of little kids wanting something immediately and never working towards obtaining it. And all the while, these proofless people work deligently to make sure others feel silly for trying to obtain or believe that there may just be something that cannot be scientifically proven or disproven. People are putting their trust in man. People are putting their trust in medicine. People put their trust in other people that they know nothing about personally.

It really makes me think back to my school years when the popular opinion was the only opinion, and anyone that strayed from it was seen as a misfit. The world has gone back to popular opinion. God is not the popular opinion. Everyone seems to be able to find reason for why not to believe without ever even truly trying to believe. Why do nonbelievers work so hard to disprove something they have obviously never known? When you know, you know and there is no doubt, no way of going back to disbelief. People who neither know God, or who are trying to get to know God, should be on high alert of anyone trying to make them disbelieve. This is being said because these types of people do not have one’s best interests in mind. God brings peace, clarity, understanding, and a level of love that can only be obtained through Him. If anyone says they once believed, and then continue the conversation to try to make you disbelieve, then know that they never truly believed in the first place. Evil that does not recognize evil does not care to do evilly. It is really a sad condition that the human psyche gets caught up in – being and doing evil, but recognizing no wrong in themselves. Believers are to constantly test themselves, to stay aware of their current moral condition. Spiritual battles are real. Nonbelievers may pertain to doing ‘what is right’, but never understand the full extent of what they bring upon themselves by doing what is immoral. It is a really bad state of the mind, body, & heart because they do not clean themselves up by acknowledging and throwing out the wrongs to never return to them again. God gives a beautiful thing called repentance that allows believers to stay clean and prepared for tests, for battles.

Why is it that humans are so afraid to think there is something greater than themselves? Sounds egotistical, not logical. Knowing that we are in the age of ‘selfies’ and are building a godless foundation of selfish people, it is no surprise that nonbelief is rampant. The Bible holds all the keys for everything that is occurring. It’s just so hard not to deeply feel for the people that lack the true understanding. It would be amazing if the whole world could understand and know the truth; however, this is not what is going to happen, yet.

Keep praying in the meantime that those who do not believe for the sake of no tangible truth; for the sake of puffing themselves up; for the sake of spreading lies and deceit without fully being aware of doing so; for the sake of themselves feeling foolish; pray they come to understanding so that their talent of speaking openly will be of good use instead of evil gain.

Satan & the suffering servant

That old bugger satan really likes to mess around with people all throughout their lives. However, we cannot fully blame satan because God allows satan to do these things. See, the thing is, God wants us to prove our worth to Him. God created Lucifer, and Lucifer wanted to exalt himself above God. There is some evil that God just cannot imagine. So, God cast His angel, Lucifer, who is satan on the earth, out of heaven and into the world. Satan answers to God. Satan can go before God’s throne. God allows satan to mess around on the earth so that us meeklings will glorify God even more, and prove our undying devotion to Him.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and satan also came among them. The Lord said to satan, “From where do you come?”  Then satan answered the Lord and said “from roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” The Lord said to satan “Have you considered my servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning from evil.” 

Then satan answered the Lord “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side?…. But put forth Your hand now and touch all be has and surely he will curse You to Your face.”

Then the Lord said to satan “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” Job 1:6-12

So, satan departs from God’s throne, and sets off to do horrible things to Job and his family. He can do anything but kill Job. All the while, Job never curses God. He questions God. He wants to die. But in the end, his love for God grows stronger and more intimate.

God’s children are to one day be angels in His army. Why would our Father want a weak army? We are to be suffering servants on earth. God does not want another Lucifer in His army of angels in Heaven. We are tried on earth and refined by fire to prove we are willing to always do what is good by God. If found unworthy of God’s court of angels then to the devil we will go. Surely then man will know that He is the Lord thy God.

It will come about in all the land,” Declares the Lord, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; but the third will be left in it. And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ and they will say, ‘the Lord is my God.'”Zechariah 13:8-9

So be on the alert for that serpent of old. Even through the trials in life, no matter how trying they may be. God is with you and will see you through as long as faith is there. If not, battling with the devil is so much worse. And there is no good ending without God. God does love us. Immensely. Uncorruptibly. He is our Father, watching us rise & undeniably fall. I cannot even imagine His pain. He endures it. He has a plan. We just have to believe with all our being.

Some people may believe that it is cruel for God to let satan try us. They may think ‘surely no loving God would purposely hurt their child.’. Since the very beginning, God’s creation of man has denied Him. God started creating laws for the humans to obey, yet of course they didn’t. They chose to be with the devil in the world and deny Him being their creator, their Father. Throughout the old testement God destroys, and gives His creation another chance. Then another chance. Saying along the way that surely they will recognize by these things that He is God. But still, mankind fails. Always falling for the wiles of satan. Don’t fall for it. God is not an easy way out. He does not just want to be around during hard times. He wants devotion in the best times, too. Pray hard. Pray unceasingly.

God does not want us to be robots. He gives us free will so that we may freely choose to love Him, or deny Him. He gives us free will so that we can be individuals. Of course, humans would freely love God if He would just prove Himself. But what kind of love would that really be? Shallow and selfish. Lacking substance from not being tested by faith. What reward would God have if we love Him because He makes us love Him? He wants us to strive to be perfect as He is perfect. Although no one can ever reach the glory of God, we are to aim to be perfect by obeying Him. By walking in the Spirit. By walking like Jesus.