devil wrote a bibleSo I recently picked up an old 1974 copy of Philpott’s classic “If the Devil Wrote a Bible” at the local Salvation Army thrift store and have begun reading it.  When I Googled it, I found that Philpott has come out with a revised and expanded edition as well.  Here’s the table of contents:

1. If the devil wrote a bible, he’d say, “God helps those who help themselves.”

2. For Chapter Two, Satan would teach, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”

3. The devil likes to frustrate the Christian’s witness by saying “Christianity is so personal that it should be kept to oneself.”

4. A favorite verse of Satan’s is “If it feels good, do it.”

5. Satan has a cute little doctrine.  It goes like this: Be sincere, do the best you can, and don’t hurt anyone.

6. Satan raises the question, “If God is good, how could He send people to hell and allow all the suffering in the world?”

7. A brand new verse in the devil’s bible is, “Pity the poor devil; he’s not so bad after all.”

8. Satan doesn’t mind getting credit for sin. He praises the verse, “The devil made me do it.”

9.  A half-truth in the devil’s bible is, “To thine own self be true.”  And the devil hopes to back it up with “Christianity is a crutch.”

10. Satan likes to discredit the holy Word of God.  His theme is “Men wrote the Bible.”

11. “Relative” is a big word in the devil’s vocabulary.  His favorite color is gray

12. Here’s a clever little passage from the devil’s book.  “If it is good, it must be from God.”

13. The devil questions, “Isn’t God in every man?”

14. A red-letter verse of the devil’s is, “We will all go to heaven because Jesus said, ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions'”

15. Then for a closer, the devil teaches, “Hell won’t be so bad, especially with all your friends there.  Besides, heaven would be so boring.”

Sounds pretty good, eh?