Michael is a great contributor to this site and his Quick Bytes posts make us all think seriously about what he has to say.
So with great respects to his writings I shall attempt just one post in imitation.
The subject of my post is ... the devil !!!
It was CS Lewis who I think said that the devil's biggest trick is to make us believe he doesn't exist. And you can quite understand why.
Imagine if the devil suddenly appeared to you in all his horrendous horrible evilness? You'd probably be so frightened that he'd scare the socks off you. I know I'd probably fall off my chair if I saw him.
In fact, if he appeared like as I describe, the chances are that he'd immediately convert people to Christianity through total fear of him. Which would be counter-productive from his perspective.
So instead, he appears in disguise as nice, cuddly, harmless, no sin implied temptations. And slowly, surely, many are attracted to him and hand in hand walk with him almost somnambulistically into hell.
Perhaps we should give the devil our 100% attention and ensure he has Zero% influence on our lives.