What to do about the devil

While some people write off the devil as an irrelevant religious superstition, others have a vivid impression of Satan as a tremendously powerful force for evil. But neither view really comes to grips with just what's involved here. The reason people generally haven't dealt very effectively with the devil is that they really haven't understood it.

The Bible tells of several brothers who were practicing exorcism—the art of freeing someone who is supposed to be possessed by the devil. But they were in over their heads; they ran into some big difficulties because they didn't comprehend the devil they were attempting to conquer. One particular effort to exorcise a man who had an "evil spirit" ended in disaster for the brothers. We read in Acts, "And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded." Acts 19:16.

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