Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Devil and Were Afraid to ask. Podcast: Live At Hales Segment 2 of 3

DEVILGustaveDoreParadiseLostSatanProfile From the Bible's snake slithering on stage in the Garden of Eden to the Apostle Paul's warning that we are in spiritual warfare against principalities and powers, and from Flip Wilson's comedic "The devil made me do it" to George Lucas' Darth Vader swayed to the dark side, the devil is part of the universal human story. Sometimes our interest is lighthearted and other times obsessive. CS Lewis warned of these extremes saying, "there are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel and excessive and unhealthy interest in them." Tonight's subject is "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Devil and Were Afraid to ask." Our guests are Dr. Bryan Burton, theologian and pastor of John Knox Presbyterian Church and Bill Hogg a theologically trained cultural gadfly.

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16 Responses to “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Devil and Were Afraid to ask. Podcast: Live At Hales Segment 2 of 3

  1. Author Christine Wicker ("Not in Kansas Anymore") tlaks about how at a very practical level people, including Christians, tend to believe in "bad" magic more than in "good" magic." Why is it that we are fascinated and deeply moved by good magic in the great stories like Tolkien, but in "the real world" we are terrified of magic and avoid it?

  2. The devil wins in some lives – people who die alone, depressed, hated, not healed, terrifired and hopeless, not knowing God, their lives not redeemed. Please comment.

  3. Do i have to believe in the Devil? What is at stake if I don't believe?

  4. Please contrast the reseponse to evil in Muslim, Christian and New Age beliefs.

  5. Do you think the devil might be here tonight seeing "he/she" is the topic of conversation?

  6. Why does there appear to be (reported) more cases of exorcism, demon possession in the 3rd World than in the Western World?

  7. If Satan is not a person how do you reconcile the Biblical accounts of his personification in Job 1-2, Genesis account, and Jesus' interaction with him. If he's not person how much sense does it make to throw a "force" or "absence of good" into hell or the abyss if you call it that?

  8. What are the relationship dynamics between God and the Devil as displayed in the dialogue had between the two in the Book of Job?

  9. Does having a stronger more powerful devil serve the pragmatic needs of the church? Might the church play up the existence of evil to get people in the pews and if so, should this practice be minimized or stopped even at the expense of attendance or participation?

  10. Assuming obsession is avoided, what is at stake in referring and addressing Satan as a person? What is the Christian's responsibility in facing addressing, resisting, talking about Satan or demons?

  11. Bill – We've talked about several forms of media that send incorrect messages about satan/spiritual evil. Do you know of any good media?

  12. Do you believe that "this one" will be saved by grace at the end, or is "it" so void of being that there is no "self" to be redeemed?

  13. Have there been any depiction of the devil in film that you really like or dislike?

  14. Who decided the details of my deeathe – God, the devil, random elements or….?

  15. Adam says:

    In the last issue of ScRipt, a screenwriting magazine, William C. Martell talks about why horror films are suddenly so popular as compared to five years ago. He basically says that between then know we've had a war, 9-11, Katrina, the tsunami, in other there's now a palpable sense of fear in this country that there wasn't not to long ago. When we have that sense of real fear, we long more than ever for a fake kind of fear, a controlled one that we don't have to worry about. That's what horror movies provide us with, escape from real fear. I'm not defending them by the way.

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