What if we proved the Devil?
For many, the Devil is the embodiment of true evil
a terrifying and ancient, everpresent force
existing in the shadows of humanity,
orchestrating all the terrible things that have happened and ever will happen.
But what if this malevolent being
wasn’t just the stuff of stories,
but instead a real world accepted entity?
This is Unveiled, and today we’re answering the extraordinary question:
what if we proved the Devil?
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Through theology, faith, and cultral history,
纵观神学 信仰 文化历史
the exact identity and intention of the devil is a complex and thorny issue.
And various figures have assumed the title, without necessarily deserving it.
Take Hades, the lord of the underworld in ancient Greek mythology,
he’s usually presented as the worst of the worst,
but he’s only really there to watch over the souls of the dead, and isn’t an explicitly evil figure.
In fact, according to some representations, the Devil himself wasn’t actually evil at first,
事实上 根据一些记载 魔鬼一开始其实并不邪恶
but his evilness set in when he was cast
out of heaven as a fallen angel after disagreements with God.
Now he mainly serves to tempt humanity into
making selfish, dishonest and generally bad decisions,
变得自私自利 相互欺瞒 各怀恶意
which, from some perspectives, means that the Devil actually exists,
so that humankind can remain pure, by resisting his schemes.
Many interpret the Devil’s first appearance
in the Bible as when he takes the form of a serpent
to convince Eve to eat the apple from the tree of knowledge which she does,
turning humankind into a race of sinners all the way up
until the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
At other points, the Devil goes by Satan,
a title originally given to the ruler of hell,
otherwise known as the archangel of death Samael in Jewish texts.
But in the three thousand years since the Old Testament was first written,
the Devil has morphed many, many times,
from a figure more simply in charge of punishing those who give in to sinful temptation,
to the ultimate personification of evil itself.
So given that there are so many conflicting ideas about
who or what he is and why he even exists,
how could the Devil ever be explicitly proven?
Well, if he plays a type,
then he’s actually far more likely to just plain reveal himself
than say, God would be.
After all, making himself known to potential sinners,
or appearing at times of extreme hardship,
is kind of his ‘thing’.
But if he did suddenly show,
then it could also, adversely, reaffirm the faith that millions of people had in God as well.
With the proof of ultimate evil,
the belief that there’s also a supreme good would naturally strengthen.
That said, proof that the devil exists
might also be seen by some as the final confirmation that God doesn’t,
or at least that God isn’t supreme, isn’t all powerful and all forgiving,
或至少上帝不再是至高无上 权倾天下 可以救赎一切的力量
but can in fact be challenged.
This is otherwise known as the problem of evil.
Regardless if the devil as well as hell was shown beyond doubt back on plain old planet earth,
there’d be mass hysteria.
In amongst the existential crises that millions of people
would likely be experiencing after confirmation of a higher power,
the terrible threat of eternal damnation and endless torture would now be confirmed,
leaving people to decipher exactly what that means for their own lives,
and placing all new urgent meaning on defining the parameters
of precisely what sends you to the hell and what doesn’t.
We’d see huge ethical questions debated as a matter of fact,
but with widespread disagreement on what those facts are,
seeing as the meaning of the devil would still rely on interpretation.
The confusion and chaos could quickly trigger a major crime wave
with people throwing caution to the wind,
convinced that for one reason or another,
the Devil would target them anyway.
Of course, if the Devil’s appearance also confirms the existence of an overriding God,
then there’d be no major cause for concern and humanity
could still make it through the Pearly Gates.
Elsewhere, the Devil in real life could have a severe impact
on law, order, and justice all over the world,
法律 秩序 正义中掀起轩然大波
with even convicted criminals now able to blame the actual devil,
in a bid to claim they’re not accountable for their actions.
Already, people have used this defence with some degree of success.
Take the infamous “the Devil made me do it” murder case in 1981,
where Arne Cheyenne Johnson killed his landlord,
blamed demonic possession,
was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter
but not murder,
and served a shortened sentence of five years in prison.
Johnson’s controversial case obviously played out without categorical evidence that the devil exists.
But if Satan really stood among us,
we’d likely see lots more crimes justified as the devil’s work,
and a probable collapse of the criminal justice system.
As lawyers, scramble to find a way to prove whether or not
a criminal really was influenced by the fallen deity who now definitely is real.
and it’s not as though we can simply called the devil to the stand to testify
鉴于魔鬼善于游说 操控欲强 不值得信任
given that he’s characterised among other things as persuasive, manipulative and untrustworthy.
And so, with the Devil at our door and hell on our doorstep,
perhaps there’d be only one solution,
we’d need to somehow eliminate Satan,
and in so doing stop all bad things from ever happening again.
It’d be a tall order.
But with the Devil out in the open,
it’d no longer feel like such a massive leap to actually go to war with him.
United by the ultimate in common enemies,
the world’s militaries could stage a global effort
to rid humanity of its greatest and most dangerous villain.
Could he ever be defeated, though?
And could our armies ever match his?
It’s hard to believe that anything,
even an arsenal of nuclear weapons,
could kill the Devil outright.
More likely we’d wind up eradicating ourselves in the crossfire,
probably as part of our opponent cunning plan.
Having inspired continent wide battle field of bloodshed and violence,
we could also assume that the now-confirmed Devil would bring with him
plenty of other dangerous demons and nightmarish monsters, including vampires.
They’re pop culture powerhouses nowadays,
but the vampire myth can be traced as far back as
the story of Lilith, Adam’s first wife according to some texts,
who becomes the consort of Samael, aka Satan.
So, if the devil’s real, then vampires probably are too,
and who knows what else!
Ouija boards are suddenly viable, and crucifixes are desperately weaponised
as the end of days apparently draws near.
If Satan truly showed himself, humanity would struggle to comprehend it at first,
then struggle to adapt,
and finally, possibly, fall into his trap.
and that’s what would happen if we proved the devil.
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What if we proved the Devil?