The Devil’s Due: Belief in the Devil dropping rapidly
This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us
by Rebekah Maxwell
Charles Baudelaire (and later Keyzer Soze) once said “The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist.” If that’s so, then the Great Deceiver’s business is booming, in light of the latest polls.
A survey of church-goers in the UK (that’s self-identified Church of England members/attenders) revealed the less than 1/3 of them actually believe in the devil.
The BBC reports:
A survey by YouGov found that although a third of the public says they are Church of England goers, only 29% of them believe in the devil.
It comes as 400 Church of England parishes begin trialling alternative child Baptism services without the words “devil” or “sin”.
Peter Kellner, YouGov president, told BBC Radio 5 live’s Breakfast: “Perhaps the Church is bringing their practice into line with their own community.”
Because the church’s mission is to follow the beliefs of their community…wait, strike that…reverse it. The poll also shows just one in six people admit belief in a “personal God.” No word as to why people who don’t believe in the devil, in hell, or in sin would be baptized into the church to a God they can’t know in the first place. Or why a church that doesn’t teach about sin, or the need to be saved from it by God, would be baptizing people anyway. Perhaps they just want that happy, fresh “eternal” feeling?
It seems things are changing in American society as well. While a recent poll found 57% of Americans believe in the devil, society-at-large seem to be shocked when venerable people publicly admit to that belief. Just a few months ago, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia created a controversy by telling the New York Post that he, as a Catholic, believes in the devil.
Can we talk about your drafting process–
[Leans in, stage-whispers.] I even believe in the Devil.
Of course! Yeah, he’s a real person. Hey, c’mon, that’s standard Catholic doctrine! Every Catholic believes that.
Isn’t it terribly frightening to believe in the Devil?
You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil.
This caused an avalanche of headlines, aghast at his “outdated,” “frightening” convictions, some even questioning his judgment and/or sanity. Because no one who adheres faithfully to Christianity can have good judgment? The voices of “enlightenment” and information of our time are surprised when Christians believe like…the Bible and stuff? Why is the media so shocked to hear this?
Perhaps because “Christians” actually admitting and obeying the basic foundations of faith has become the exception, not the rule. Because the church is following the non-beliefs of the faithless, instead of proclaiming the Gospel. Somebody’s “out of touch” here, and maybe it’s the folks who should know where to find the answers.