If I were the devil . . .
I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;
I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man’s effort, instead of God’s blessings;
I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;
I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;
I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;
I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;
I would make it socially acceptable to take one’s own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;
I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;
I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;
I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;
I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda;
I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.
I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;
I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;
I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;
I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;
I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;
I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;
I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.
Origins: “If I Were the Devil” is a form of social criticism, an essay that postulates what steps the devil might take in order to corrupt human civilization (and the United States in particular) and lead it down the path of darkness — before delivering the catch that all the steps listed are phenomena that are already taking place in the world today. It was written and popularized by national radio commentator
and syndicated columnist Paul Harvey, who from the mid-1960s onwards featured it in both media many times over the course of his long career, periodically updating it to incorporate current trends.
In an odd twist, though (and the reason this item is rated as a “mixture”), one of the most widely Internet-circulated versions of “If I Were the Devil,” as reproduced in the “Example” block above, is not from Paul Harvey. Although it is clearly inspired by and in the spirit of Paul Harvey’s essay of the same name, it bears virtually no textual resemblance to the original — while it is similar in structure and theme, not one of its lines appears in any of various forms of the essay which Paul Harvey presented to his audiences over the years.
The oldest genuine Paul Harvey version of this piece we’ve found so far appeared in his newspaper column in 1964:
If I Were the Devil
If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness.
I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree.
So I should set about however necessary, to take over the United States.
I would begin with a campaign of whispers.
With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whispers to you as I whispered to Eve, “Do as you please.”
To the young I would whisper “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that “man created God,” instead of the other way around. I would confide that “what is bad is good and what is good is square.”
In the ears of the young married I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be “extreme” in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.
And the old I would teach to pray — to say after me — “Our father which are in Washington.”
Then I’d get organized.
I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.
I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa.
I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me.
I’d peddle 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 would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild.
I’d designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I’d get preachers to say, “She’s right.”
With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography.
Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress.
Then in his own churches I’d substitute psychology for religion and deify science.
If I were Satan 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 wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police state would force everybody back to work.
Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps.
If I were Satan I’d just keep doing what I’m doing and the whole world go to hell as sure as the Devil.
Contrasting that 1964 version of the essay with Paul Harvey’s 1996 newspaper version shows that, although the concept and structure of the essay remained the same across the decades, its content evolved quite a bit over the years:
If I were the prince of darkness, I would want to engulf the whole world in darkness.
I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — thee.
So, I would set about however necessary to take over the United States.
I’d subvert the churches first, and I would 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 the children that man created God instead of the other way around. I’d 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 are in Washington …”
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 peddle 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 at 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 intellect but neglect to discipline emotions. I’d tell teachers to let those students run wil. And before you knew it, you’d have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.
With a decade, I’d have prisons overflowing and judges promoting pornography. Soon, I would evict God from the courthouse and the schoolhouse and them from the houses of Congress.
In his own churches, I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I’d lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls and church money.
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.
What’ll you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich?
I’d convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun and that what you see on television is the way to be.
And thus, I could undress you in public and lure you into bed with diseases for which there are no cures.
In other words, if I were the devil, I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/devil.asp#kcGZd6DDp3ThtWfj.99
BELIEF TOWARDS YAHWEH
In the last Bible Study, we covered
Repentance from Dead Works. The Basic Doctrines have a parallel meaning with the Feast Days. Both reveal the plan of Redemption for mankind. They are chronological steps that we live out as we fulfill the meaning and purpose of our calling.
Repentance from Dead Works, astonishing as it may seem, is coming out of the world’s false and pagan religious systems. It begins with the Set-apart Spirit working with our hearts and minds, as the Father draws us to Himself and His way of life, to reveal the real truth of Scripture.
John 6:44, 65 – No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Verse 65 – And he said, therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
John 14:17 – Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth it not, neither knoweth it: but ye know it; for it dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
This calling and the Set-apart Spirit gives us spiritual sightedness to see that our past beliefs were false and need to be repented of, along with our personal sins and short- comings. We need to have faith towards Yah to bring us to the next step in the Redemption process. This process also imparts belief to us which is one of the fruits of the Set-apart Spirit.
IMMERSION—A THOROUGH STUDY — ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES
Introduction: Many people believe that in order to be saved, all a person has to do is just believe, but what happens to real repentance, grieving and overcoming-Developing the mind of Messiah
Philippians 2:5. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Yahshua the Messiah. How is Yahshua forming in us.
Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Messiah be formed in you.
Is there a conversion process? Whereas one prepares themselves as the Bride of Messiah
Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready?
What does Scripture really say about how one is really converted?
Is your conversion a False Conversion? Immersion is the most important decision a person will make in their lifetime. According to the truth of Scripture, there is a correct way to prepare for and complete the immersion/covenant process.
Many people do not follow the Scriptural Instructions regarding this subject and never really are truly converted. All they are left with is a false or counterfeit conversion when they do not meet, or refuse to meet the terms and conditions of the Covenant agreement found in the Scriptures. They never receive His Set-apart Spirit. They simply get wet.
Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Messiah, this one is not His.
GOING ON TO PERFECTION
Perfection is the rendering of several Hebrew. and Greek. words. The fundamental idea is that of completeness. Absolute perfection is an attribute of Yah alone. In the highest sense, He alone is complete, or wanting nothing. His perfection is eternal and without defect. It is the ground and standard of all other perfection. (See Job 36:4, 37:16, and Mathew 5:48) A relative perfection is also ascribed to Yahweh’s works. It is also either ascribed to men or required of them. This is meant as a complete conformity to those requirements as to character and conduct that Yahweh has appointed. This has reference to the government of Yahweh that takes account of man’s present debilitated condition. However, true believers may be perfect even in this life, but must wait for perfection in a larger sense in the life that is to come. Man’s present perfection relates to their union with Yahshua through the Spirit working in them. The believer acquires perfection because our Father sees us through Yahshua’s perfection working in us.
Definitions of Perfection:
5046 – Teleios – Finished, that which has reached its end, complete, full, wanting in nothing. When used in a moral sense of Yahweh’s expectation of us it means completely blameless. It also means that you keep yourself unspotted from the world.
It also means a person who is full age, full grown in mind and understanding, and knowledge of the truth, in faith and virtue. One who has reached moral maturity – a person who is obedient in Yahshua.
The perfect love is mature, not lacking boldness or confidence and therefore not hampered by insecurity, anxiety or fear which are characteristic of immature love.
2294 – tharsos – Cheerful mind, courage. To have confidence, to be of good cheer, cheerfulness in connection with showing mercy.
4136 – plerophory – to fulfill, perfect, full conviction, full assurance, complete understanding.
SATAN’S PLAN FOR MANKIND
As I have viewed hundreds of articles and videos from the Alternative News Media (the real news media), it has become obvious to me that what is needed is something to demonstrate at a glance, the totality of all the many faucets of Satan’s plan to destroy all of mankind and the planet earth.
As I listen to so many brave, courageous people stand up for the truth in their various areas of expertise, I want to say, Thank You for What You Do! Very few people really connect all the dots and truly view them as part of Satan’s master plan. Conspiracy theory or true facts people need to prove it for themselves as I have. Understanding his plan is a matter of life and death.
Originally, this information was going to be in my book entitled “The End of the N.W.O.” However, now as I watch world events racing toward a cataclysmic conclusion, I have a sense of urgency to take the best of my research and put it into a “Reader’s Digest” type of condensed format. Then I can present it all as an interactive overview in a friendly, graphic format.
Though I am a minister of over 20 years, I have devoted myself to Scripture Studies for 48 years. I realize that the vast majority of mankind has rejected their Creator and His Message for mankind. This does not simply apply to the Globalists.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not think it worthwhile to possess the knowledge of YHWH, Elohim gave them over to a worthless mind, to do what is improper,
None the less, whether a person is a person of faith or even an atheist, the secular path of true science coupled with prophetic scriptures, one ends up in exactly the same place. In just a few short years, the earth and everyone on it, including the globalists, will be facing a total extinction event.
When one puts forth an honest, diligent effort to study the components of this graphic, there is only one conclusion that a person can reach. Scripture says to “prove all things.”
I Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
The majority of people find it easier to be told what to think than to think and study for themselves. They end up like lambs to the slaughter.
I realize that most people will scoff and scorn what I am saying, none the less, there are Scriptures that prove all the factual information I am presenting. I pray some of you will be spiritually sighted enough to believe what I present. They are not my words, but the truth of Scripture that will make you free.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
THE MINDSET OF THE WORLD
I must digress for a moment to explain several factors of why the Sheeple (the vast majority of humankind) are blind to the lies and deceptions that are the prevailing condition of the majority of modern humans:
Search the internet for the book “Quiet Weapons for Silent Wars.” It reveals the propaganda used to brainwash and condition people’s minds to accept the Globalist’s narrative. It has permeated every facet of our society and culture, education, science, healthcare, politics, etc. People are so brainwashed and indoctrinated it is becoming a form of *Stockholm Syndrome. A type of Menticide.
Menticide: a systematic and intentional undermining of a person’s conscious mind : brainwashing
II Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.
II Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the secret ways of shame, not walking nor handling the word of Elohim deceitfully; (counterfeiting the word of Truth) but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every human conscience in the sight of Elohim.
II Corinthians 4:3 If our good news is hidden, it is veiled to them that are perishing.
II Corinthians 4:4 In whom the “god” of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the good news of Messiah, who is the likeness of Elohim does not shine on them.
INTRODUCTION TO YAH’S ASSEMBLY
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
THE PRIME DIRECTIVE