The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he did not exist. ― Charles Baudelaire (a french poet)That's actually not correct. It's inaccurate. Simply wrong. The greatest trick he ever played was not making people believe he didn't exist. That's his... 2nd best trick.
The devil was actually able to pull-off something more profound. Something more grand. It's a magic trick of catastrophic proportions-- the most enormous illusion that has covered the entire planet. It's... well, before I reveal it, you need to read first this excerpt from the autobiography of Charles Darwin, the formulator of the Evolution Theory (it's a little long so please, be patient w/ me):
But I had gradually come, by this time, to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow as a sign, etc., etc., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, or the beliefs of any barbarian. The question then continually rose before my mind and would not be banished,—is it credible that if God were now to make a revelation to the Hindoos, would he permit it to be connected with the belief in Vishnu, Siva, &c., as Christianity is connected with the Old Testament. This appeared to me utterly incredible. By further reflecting that the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles by which Christianity is supported,—that the more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become,—that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost incomprehensible by us,—that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events,— that they differ in many important details, far too important as it seemed to me to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eye- witnesses;—by such reflections as these, which I give not as having the least novelty or value, but as they influenced me, I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation,"Pretty intense right? But wait, there's more (unfortunately).
The fact that many false religions have spread over large portions of the earth like wild-fire had some weight with me. Beautiful as is the morality of the New Testament, it can hardly be denied that its perfection depends in part on the interpretation which we now put on metaphors and allegories. But I was very unwilling to give up my belief;—I feel sure of this for I can well remember often and often inventing day-dreams of old letters between distinguished Romans and manuscripts being discovered at Pompeii or elsewhere which confirmed in the most striking manner all that was written in the Gospels. But I found it more and more difficult, with free scope given to my imagination, to invent evidence which would suffice to convince me. Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted even for a single second that my conclusion was correct. I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.Charles Darwin, you idiot! Evolution Theory is the damnable doctrine.
Forgive me, I was a little carried away for reading that again (na-high blood ako). Anyway, Charles Darwin is an atheist (obviously). And the Evolution Theory is a product of an atheistic mind. And atheism is a product of a great magic trick.
Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, the greatest trick the devil ever played is...
...drum roll please....
The greatest trick the devil ever played is convincing the world that God doesn't exist. And Charles Darwin was a victim of that trick. Along with all other atheists in the planet.
Making people believe that the devil is not real is no great feat. And who cares? People can do bad things on their own, we don't need a spiritual antagonist for that. However, to make people think that the Creator of Heaven and Earth (The One to whom we owe our very lives and everything that we have) is a figment of their imagination is the grandest illusion of all.
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Performing a trick would require a skill set, e.g. the ability to distract, the power of suggestion, precise timing and sometimes, fast hands. In all classic magic acts, you would hear the magician giving a premise, setting up the scene, making a very descriptive introduction.
He'll say that the hat is empty but in truth there is a hidden compartment, a false bottom. He'll even use his hands, gesturing that there's really nothing there but in truth, there's a rabbit beneath. That's the power of suggestion. And that's what fooled Charles Darwin.
The devil continuously used this power while Darwin grew up. The devil performed this trick on him quite patiently, in fact:
Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress...
But I had gradually come, by this time, to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world...So you see, the devil tricked Darwin at a very, very slow rate, gradually, until the illusion was complete. Until Darwin became an atheist. This trickster kept feeding Darwin little bits of misinformation that ultimately led to his fall.
We know these are all inaccurate data that the devil supplied him with. Of all Darwin's opinion on the honorable, truthful Bible, not a single one is correct. Not one.
For example, it is not true that the Old Testament manifested a false history of the world. In the interest of justice and world history accuracy, please be aware that through scientific discoveries and archaeological findings, the Bible was proven to be a more reliable source of history than any other ancient writings in the world.
Once upon a time, James Orr, General Editor for the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia said:
Ancient writers knew nothing of him (Sargon). He was a mystery: some did not hesitate to deny that he ever existed.However, thousands of years before Orr said that, King Sargon of Assyria was mentioned by the great prophet Isaiah in 20:1 of his book. So people like Darwin believed, at the time, that Isaiah was wrong, the Bible was wrong, there is no God, blah, blah, blah and blah, simply because even the list of the kings of Assyria, no Sargon was mentioned.
BUT, au contraire; ngunit, datapwat, a sculptured palace was discovered by the French archaeologist Paul-Emile Botta between 1842 and 1844. The palace had numerous artifacts depicting Sargon including the “Sargon Vase” which contains an inscription with his name on it. The British Museum now has these artifacts. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago also has photographs of the excavations of Sargon’s palace.
|From the Archaeological Site Photographs collection of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.|
There are, of course, other examples wherein the Bible has emerged to be the more superior source of information. But to someone, who has a rational mind, that would suffice.
So the moral of the story? Charles Darwin was really... well, he was... yes, I know he was famous and all that, but really, he's an... idiot.
And that's why the devil was able to trick him and the other atheists.
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I take it back. I was mistaken. Of all Darwin's opinion on the honorable, truthful Bible, one is correct.
Beautiful as is the morality of the New Testament...Even with all his manipulative powers, even with the entire force of hell, the devil was not able to erase from Darwin's mind, the beauty of the Gospel.
And it is true, nothing can be compared to the majesty, the comeliness of the word of God. The books of the Hindoos, or the beliefs of any barbarian, Vishnu, Siva, & atheism are all thrash and garbage that came of out from the magic hat of the devil.
To God alone be the glory!