A lot of us are ex-Catholics. I thought you might be interested in this piece I wrote for OnFaith about the devil.
Lucifer has been used as a tool since the beginning of Christianity. I’m always shocked to read that the majority of folks believe in Satan. I wonder if the Pope has pulled his old friend back out of the bag to slow attrition?
The devil was something my kids learned about early in school from their friends. Sometimes, they would come home frightened. My youngest kid was told that the devil lives in the ground and could reach up and grab children’s legs. I took him out back, and we dug in the ground in search of the devil. He asked questions like, “How would the devil breathe? Wouldn’t he be crushed? How does he move through all this dirt?”
This is how we help our kids learn to think critically and to overcome their fears. By asking questions. By reasoning.
Why don’t adults ask these same questions? Why does the devil seem so much like all the other evil characters we’ve created in books and movies?