What if the devil repented? He said that his reign of rebellion was all false. The angelic host he influenced through devilish propaganda false. Corruption of humanity and all of God’s creation – a mistake. Would he and the demonic forces of evil have a second chance? This is a question I’ve often pondered, which was recently echoed by Mason Slater.
The Bible seems to indicate that one of the settled matters of reality is that God has determined that the powers of evil will remain hell-bent on rebellion until the consummation. The difficult part of this question is that the Bible is a bit ambiguous on the idea of Angels / Demons in general. There’s plenty we know… there’s even more that we don’t know.
This past week I was on a trip to the Los Angeles area for a Seminary class. One evening was spent in Venice Beach. While enjoying some pasta, an odd sight (which isn’t irregular at Venice) emerged:
Apparently this man is a novelist who has written a book called “The Devil Repents.” Here is a summary of the plot:
After eons of evil atrocities, the devil finally takes us into his realm of raw ungodliness that he daily sows in mans hearts and minds. But why?..Has he finally come to his senses? Is the universes first outlaw willing to put up a white flag and cut a deal a deal with, God, in exchange to put an end to evil on earth, and bring, Jesus,’ prayer of Matthew 6:10 ‘Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’
Will God even except a deal from the devil? If so what are the terms and conditions of the deal? Can God trust the devil? No one knows what’s in the devils heart because the devil is a liar. And can not hide from the words of Revelation 12:12 long written down,“For the devil knows that his time is short.” So is the devil trying to stitch together a last ditch plan of salvation to save his sin sodden soul from being ‘bound and cast into the bottomless pit.’ Are his intentions genuine? Can the devils intentions ever be genuine? Truth or lie, either way, what thread would the devil use to stitch his crazy plan of salvation together?..
This is where the world’s most famous horror fiction writer, a mega famous, A-list personality and stanch atheist gets sucked into a confluence of unfortunate events, that is not a plot, or a story, or a tale, but a situation, his real life situation, where his art imitates it, and where his real life imitates his art, with the lines between the two blurred by the devil himself. The devil delves deep into his bag of deceptions and revels his most guarded secrets to this superstar on how he deceives us humans. But no longer, because the people of the world will gain an insight on the devils modus operandi which is important because now the tables are turned on the devil and he shall deceive us humans no more.
This is were you, yes you, the ‘regular cups of coffee people’ of the world could possibly get involved along with this famous writers real life situation and voice your opinion. So get ready and gather your evidence against he chaos king, because the time is long over due to bring the Lords prayer from Matthew 6:13, to pass, “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” Who is no other then Satan, the great dragon of old, the serpent, the evil, a.k.a. the devil himself.
Whatever you may think about this novel, the advertising campaign is quite compelling… a man dressed like the devil, carrying a cross… the best attention grabber I’ve seen in quite some time. Sacrilege… yes, that should probably be said as well :-) My mention of the book is NOT an endorsement.
That said, could the devil ever choose to repent? Is his history set in stone? If repentance is possible, would this contradict what’s revealed in the New Testament about the devil’s end? What are your thoughts on this “what if” of all the “what ifs”???