This is one of the few times that Laser Eyes Jesus has it right, or as Sarah points out “Finally something I can really believe!” This just seemed best in order to emphasize that Real Life Jesus, “that guy on the next hill over there,” has already defeated the devil and death. Have faith, not fear.
So what do you think about “the devil will always take you back”? It sounds like a good warning, right? We care about people and want to warn them, right?
Honestly, this does sound good. Jesus spoke of the devil as being real.
“You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father’s desires…” John 8:44 (NRSV)
But does “from” mean these people belonged to the devil in the way that “take them back” implies? That these people belonged to the devil?
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezekiel 18:4 (KJV)
To me, this is huge. No matter who you are, what you believe or don’t believe, worship or don’t worship, your soul belongs to God. Though you can let your soul be led by ungodly influences, your soul still belongs to God and is still redeemable. Even if you worship the devil and give him your soul in a man-made religious ritual, your soul still belongs to God.
And “the soul that sinneth, it shall die” part? God’s way of preserving our souls, I believe, is Real Life Jesus.