Well, we are stuck with one whether or not we like it. Weirdly enough, there are plenty of people who are just fine with that. And then there are others who are not, but only because in their heightened sense of intellectual superiority, the notion of a real devil is so 16th century. Next are the poor schmoes like me who believe–quite seriously and literally–in a real, personal devil (Satan, Beelzebub, whatever names he and his legion of imps go by), but aren’t particularly thrilled by it. Wherever you may come down on this particular topic, on this blog you will find that the official position concerning Satan is that 1) he is a real, personal entity; 2) he was a high-ranking chief of the heavenly angelic host, until he got too cocky and thought he take a shot at the Crown 3) and was cast out of Heaven with the 33 1/3% of the angelic host who thought rebelling against the Almighty AND an angelic army with a 2 to 1 numerical advantage was a great idea. After that, this topic gets more complicated and blurry, but The Devil We Know toes the traditional, biblically-based, orthodox Christian position on Satan and his pointy-headed hordes.
The great media exposure that Satan gets these days is one of many topics we’ll hit periodically here, along with the shameless anti-Christian bias in the world and media, and some really subtle sabotaging of Christian orthodoxy in my newest favorite whipping boy, The History Channel. Now don’t get me wrong–I love The History Channel. I watch it even now, even though I have caught it several times metaphorically wiping its nose (and other things) with the pages of Scripture. That isn’t all that big of a surprise for me–it’s been going on for centuries. What really stunned me (and I don’t really know why) is the little changes that have been made to the bible accounts of certain topics that were quite subtle, and yet significantly altered–and in one case totally reversed–the meaning and message intended. I guess I was prepared for a lot of shenanigans, but not something so underhanded.
Posts are welcome here from any viewpoint–pro, con, or somewhere in between or way out in left field. If you’re just going to be another hostile, self-exalting, obnoxious atheist with nothing better to offer than more of the lame Christian-baiting insults about fairy tales and Jesus riding dinosaurs, don’t waste your time. Either you won’t be published, or I will publish your braying solely to take it apart piece-by-piece in an excruciatingly slow-motion rebuttal to which you will have no redirect. If you want to post that kind of effluent, there are plenty of sites and blogs that love that kind of junk. They will love your hackneyed anti-Christian, anti-Bible, anti-Creationist cliches. Plus, you will get the bonus of being able to bond with other faux intellectuals like you. This blog will not be a free-fire zone for morons–of any persuasion–whack job, wild-eyed, self-proclaimed prophets either.