Devil definition is - the personal supreme spirit of evil often represented in Christian belief as the tempter of humankind, the leader of all apostate angels, and the ruler of hell —usually used with the—often used as an interjection, an intensive, or a generalized term of abuse. The Devil wants you to believe that God doesn’t love you because if He did, he wouldn’t put you in that situation. But God has a plan for us, even if we don’t always understand it.
A brief description of the devil. Who is he? And is he a threat to you?
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In cartoons and comics, the devil appears as a cute, benign tempter, pushing you to do something that's fun or a little bit wrong. In reality however, Satan is anything but cute.
Who is the devil? He is not God's counterpart, because God has no equal, no opposite. God has always existed, and everything else that exists now, including angels, were created by God.
The devil (sometimes referred to as Satan or Lucifer) is an angel who rebelled against God. He is the enemy not only of God, but also of humankind, relentless in his mission: to kill, destroy, or enslave us. We're warned, '...be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.'1
The devil's power is laughable compared to the power of God. Yet, he is a real threat to humans, and has the capacity to ruin a person's life.
Satan has one primary tactic: to deceive us. He seeks to deceive entire nations, the world, and individuals. He twists and distorts what is true, and there is power in his lies.
Dr. Neil Anderson made an astute observation. He said the Bible describes Satan in three ways:
- The tempter
- The accuser
- The father of lies
Dr. Anderson noted, 'If I were to tempt you, you would know it. If I were to accuse you, you would know it. But if I were to deceive you, you wouldn't know it. The power of Satan is in the lie. If you remove the lie you remove the power.'
In what ways does the devil lie?
Here are just a few examples.
God created Adam and Eve with free will to choose and make decisions, just like humans can today. The Garden of Eden contained perhaps hundreds of fruit-bearing trees. The only instruction God gave to Adam and Eve was to not eat from one particular tree. It was a straightforward instruction to follow. Just don't eat from that one tree or you will die. Simple enough.
Yet Satan persuaded Eve, 'You will not surely die.' That's the initial lie. Now he lies further, 'You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'2
Satan deceived Eve, convincing her that God was withholding something wonderful from them, that this fruit would make them like God. And wouldn't that be a good thing? The problem was, it wasn't true. Adam and Eve believed Satan's lie, rather than what God told them, leading to horrible consequences. That's exactly how the devil operates. He distorts the truth in order to harm the person.
How the Devil Accuses God
Satan's greatest desire is to keep people far away from God. He will seek to either cause you to deny God's existence or to slander, lie about God's character. Here's an example.
God repeatedly affirms his love for us. 'I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.'3 '...not that we loved God, but that he loved us...'4 'See what kind of love the Father has given to us...'5 'For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.'6
But what does Satan say? 'God doesn't love you. Look at all the problems you have. If God loved you, you wouldn't have these problems.' Sounds convincing.
Yet all people face problems. It's part of life. What Satan neglects to tell you is that if you have a relationship with God and depend on him, God can lead you through those problems. You do not need to shoulder or solve them on your own. God can give you wisdom and real strength in the midst of those problems. Not only that, but he says while we face difficulties, '...my peace I give to you...'7 Why? Because the person knows that God can be trusted.
Without God, a person is described as 'without hope in this world.' That is not God's desire for anyone.
How the Devil Accuses You
Not only does Satan try to deceive you about God's goodness, but Satan also slanders you to God. Satan did this with a man named Job. Satan said if Job suffered, then Job would curse God to his face, which Job never did. Satan seeks to undermine you and condemn you before God.
But not only that. Satan turns his slander and condemnation toward you.
He convinces you, 'God wouldn't want you. You could never be holy enough. Look at all the junk in your life, all the ways you've failed, the things you do, the addictions you have. God would never accept you or want you. You'd never make it.'
Again, all lies. God is very clear that none of us need to become 'good' in order to be accepted by God, nor to become sinless in order to maintain that relationship with God.
Jesus said of Satan, 'He was a murderer from the beginning...there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.'8
The contrast between the devil and God is stunning. Jesus said, 'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.'9
Jesus says of those who believe in him, 'If you abide in my word...you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'10
Instead of being deceived by Satan, there is an opportunity to know what God says is true about himself, about your life, about relationships. While Satan would like you to be enslaved by his deception, God wants you to know what's true, to be free and experience real life.
In addition to being a liar and an accuser, Satan, through his lies, tempts people toward slavery and addictions. 'Oh go ahead. One more won't hurt you. No one will find out. You're not really hurting anyone. And you'll feel so much better.'
How to Deal with Satan
If you decide to begin a relationship with God, you will still be tempted by Satan. You still have free will, making whatever decision you'd like to make. However, in many situations you would also know what's true and be less likely to give in to Satan's lies, less likely to feel helpless, confused or fearful. Further, God offers his help.
We're told, 'The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.'11
Who is Satan? A tempter, slanderer, and liar. His intent is to keep people isolated from God, so they will listen only to Satan, joining in his rebellion and experiencing destruction. Nothing he says about God or your life is true.
God desires a relationship with you and for you to experience his love. He created you not to live in darkness, confusion, but to know what's true. Jesus said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'12
Have you ever heard how you can begin this kind of relationship with God? This explains: Knowing God Personally.
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Footnotes: (1) 1Peter 5:8 (2) Genesis 3:4,5 (3) Jeremiah 31:3 (4) 1John 4:10 (5) 1John 3:1 (6) John 3:16 (7) John 14:27 (8) John 8:44 (9) John 10:10 (10) John 8:31 (11) 1Corinthians 10:13 (12) John 8:12
|Directed by||John Erick Dowdle|
|Screenplay by||Brian Nelson|
|Story by||M. Night Shyamalan|
|Edited by||Elliot Greenberg|
|Music by||Fernando Velázquez|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$62.6 million|
Devil (also known as The Night Chronicles 1: Devil) is a 2010 American supernatural horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle. The screenplay by Brian Nelson was from a story by M. Night Shyamalan. The film stars Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Geoffrey Arend, Bojana Novakovic, Jenny O'Hara, and Bokeem Woodbine. Devil was released on September 17, 2010. Critics praised the film's atmosphere and performances, but criticized the short running-time and story.
A Bible verse, 1 Peter 5:8, appears onscreen. An unseen man narrates with a story about his childhood, where his mother explained the circumstances that surround The Devil roaming the earth. A man jumps to his death from a skyscraper, leaving a suicide note about the Devil's approaching presence. Shortly thereafter, an elevator in the building gets stuck with five people inside: a temporary security guard, a mechanic/former soldier, a mattress salesman, a young woman, and an elderly woman. A repairman cannot get the elevator working and nearly dies while attempting to.
In the elevator, the lights frequently flicker and turn off completely for intervals. During an interval, one of the security guards, Ramirez, watching through the security camera sees a face on the monitor he believes is the devil, but his partner Lustig doubts it. At the same time, the young woman feels something on her back and the group becomes suspicious of the mattress salesman. When the lights return, the young woman has a bite mark on her back and the salesman has blood on his hands. Detective Bowden, who was investigating the earlier suicide, is called to the scene.
The lights go out again, and the elevator mirrors break. When the lights return, the mattress salesman's jugular vein is impaled with a broken mirror shard and he dies, escalating it into a crime scene investigation. Outside, security guards, the repair technician, and the fire department attempt to get in, to no avail. The passengers begin to suspect each other, while the security guards monitoring through the camera talk to them one-way via the speaker, as they cannot hear the passengers. As the group argues, the repair technician's rappelling device breaks and he falls to his death. Ramirez tries to convince the detectives that this could be The Devil's Meeting, but is unsuccessful. An unknown woman attempts to enter the building unsuccessfully, and goes around to the back.
Bowden and his partner use the sign-in sheet and elevator camera to identify the group. The temporary guard is identified as Ben Larson, who has a criminal record of assault and beating someone into a coma. The mattress salesman is identified as Vince McCormick, who lost many people their assets through a Ponzi scheme. The young woman is identified as Sarah Caraway, who is married to a rich man and plans leaving him after stealing his money, as she's done before. The elderly woman is identified as Jane Kowski, who was caught on the security camera stealing a woman’s wallet. The mechanic and former soldier cannot be identified due to him not signing in, making him the main suspect.
Upon review of security footage, the detectives see the mechanic had entered the building with a bag he doesn't have anymore. They find the bag filled with tools hidden in the lobby bathroom and suspect him more. Suddenly, the lights in the elevator flicker and shut off a fourth time. When they turn back on, the older woman is seen hanging from the ceiling by her neck via a light cable.
Ramirez shows Bowden the devil face he saw earlier, but Bowden doesn't believe him. Bowden then discusses the death of his wife and son: they were killed in a hit-and-run five years prior, and the driver left a note that said 'I'm so sorry' at the scene.
As the detectives investigate the soldier, Ben and the soldier get in a fight, each suspecting the other as the killer. Sarah tells Ben to kill the soldier before he kills them and Ben attacks the soldier. Bowden comes back to the control room and diffuses the situation by having the passengers put their hands on the wall. Out of answers, Bowden asks Ramirez how to save them, if the devil is truly there. Ramirez responds, 'They all die.'
The detectives talk to the lawyer was supposed to meet with and try to contact Sarah's husband. Lustig, severely shocked, causes a scene by stumbling into the lobby and collapsing amidst the crowd. Bowden calls for the medics. In the elevator, Sarah takes her hands off the wall, but the soldier tells her to put them back. Bowden discovers that Sarah took all her husband's money and her husband might know it. After learning the husband owns the building's security company, they suspect the husband hired Ben to kill Sarah and that he killed the others to cover it. However, the fourth outage ends with Ben's neck broken.
The soldier and Sarah suspect each other, arming themselves with mirror shards, but Bowden defuses the situation by telling them about his recovery from alcoholism following his family's death. The lights go out again, and Sarah's throat is slit. The soldier tries to stop the bleeding.
The unknown woman from before is brought into the control room. She tells them that the soldier is her fiancé. He actually came for a job interview and he didn't want to take his tools along, so he hid them. He has requested his fiancee to fetch him after the interview. His name is Tony Janekowski. The detectives realize he had signed in, and Jane Kowski, the elderly woman's presumed identity, wasn't real. The Devil manifests in the form of the elderly woman. Tony tries to trade his life for Sarah, but the devil says he can’t do that. Tony grabs the radio and confesses that he fled from a fatal accident five years ago. Bowden realizes that Tony is responsible for the death of Bowden's family.
The Devil, powerless now that Tony has repented, vanishes after causing the elevator to plunge several floors. The firefighters are finally able to get in, but the old lady is gone. As the corpses of Sarah, Ben, and Vince are wheeled away, Bowden decides to take Tony into custody, and, while en route, reveals to Tony that it was his family in that accident. Much to his own surprise, he forgives Tony.
- Chris Messina as Detective Bowden
- Logan Marshall-Green as Mechanic/Former Soldier (Anthony 'Tony' Janekowski)
- Geoffrey Arend as Salesman (Vincent 'Vince' McCormick)
- Bojana Novakovic as Young Woman (Sarah Caraway)
- Jenny O'Hara as Old Woman (Jane Kowski)
- Bokeem Woodbine as Guard (Benjamin 'Ben' Larson)
- Matt Craven as Lustig, Building Security
- Jacob Vargas as Ramirez, Building Security
- Joseph 'Joe' Cobden as Dwight, Elevator Repairman
- Caroline Dhavernas as Elsa Nahai
- Joshua 'Josh' Peace as Detective Markowitz
- Zoie Palmer as Cheryl
- Vincent Laresca as Henry
In October 2008 M. Night Shyamalan and Media Rights Capital announced that Devil would be made with the Dowdle brothers as directors and Brian Nelson as screenwriter. Filming started on October 26, 2009 in Toronto with John Erick Dowdle as director and Drew Dowdle as an executive producer. There was additional shooting for the film several months later in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Joe Cobden had to train for four months to prepare for his role. He said that preparing for his death scene, which took four days to shoot, was the hardest scene to shoot except for the introduction and closing.
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John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle said that the movie is based on a Devil's Meeting, which is a premise that the Devil is on Earth to test evildoers by tormenting them. Shyamalan acknowledged that the basic structure of the story was 'an Agatha Christie nod.' In Christie's 1939 novel And Then There Were None, as in Devil, a group of people with guilty pasts are trapped in an isolated area and begin to die one by one.
The film was set to have a release date on February 11, 2011, but was bumped up to September 17, 2010. The film's trailer debuted online on July 13, 2010.
The film was not screened to critics in advance. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 49% based on 99 reviews, with an average rating of 5.20/10. The site's consensus reads, 'It's better than many of the other films M. Night Shyamalan has been associated with, but Devil never gets more than a few low-budget thrills out of its fiendishly promising premise.' Dennis Harvey of Variety gave Devil a lukewarm review, saying 'Like the solid B-thrillers of yore that often outshone A-pics topping double bills, M. Night Shyamalan-produced Devil is nothing very special or original, but it gets the job done briskly and economically.'
Devil was released to DVD and Blu-ray Disc on December 21, 2010.
Devil was intended to be the first of The Night Chronicles trilogy, which involved the supernatural within modern urban society. In June 2010, Shyamalan announced the second film titled 12 Strangers, later changed to Reincarnate. The film was about a jury discussing a case dealing with the supernatural. Chris Sparling was set to write the script and Daniel Stamm would direct. Shyamalan also confirmed that the story for the currently untitled third installment was going to be taken from the abandoned sequel to Unbreakable. As of 2020, neither film has been produced, but his unused Unbreakable sequel idea later became the basis for Split.
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