Is it the devil or not?

Serene - posted on 05/11/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I've posted this on another board and I got alot of response. I attend church but i'm so sick of listening to people say this... what do you think? the devil on everything that they do thats wrong or always say the devil made me do it." That is so damn annoying. I am just wondering if it is an excuse for messing up and you wanted to blame to it on someone/something else because you are too irresponsible to face the fact that it was YOU!!! NOT THE DEVIL!!!! Its driving me nuts I hear it all of the time. If I make a mistake I'm going to admit it and never blame it on the devil. Do you hear that alot and how do you feel about it?

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Meagan - posted on 05/13/2011

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I've actually never really heard that... But, I agree that it IS a cop-out. My religious views don't really matter here, but I don't believe that the devil "makes" anyone do anything. It's their own choices. If there is a devil who does bad things, it'll be presenting the option or tempting (as I understand it), but ultimately, it is an individuals choice to make. People don't say "God made me donate to charity". They take the credit for THEIR actions.

I think that we live in a world where people don't really want to accept the consequences of their negative actions, and when you look at how many people get away with crime, why WOULD you accept them? Actually, quite a while back I got caught after doing a dine and ditch with friends. I confessed, gave the honest reason (no money for food, so it seemed like a good idea, but it wasn't.), appologised, went to court, did what they asked, and now it's behind me. My friends on the other hand ran out of the state, claimed that it wasn't them (despite video), never went to court, etc. They have warrants, I have a life lesson and no criminal background (I was offered a plee that THEY would've been offered, had they shown up). I think that situation is an accurate representation of how many people will own up to their actions.... 1 in 4. And the 3 that don't never learn.

I think it's a combination of over protective, "not my kid" parenting, and society as a whole. Look at all these celebraties that go to jail for 45 minutes for shop lifting, throw away tickets, make a mockery of the law. They are examples to other people.

I was lucky to have a mom who said "it IS my kids fault" when it was (she defended me a few times when others were in the wrong), like going to school and FORCING them to punish me after she found out I was ditching. True story. lol And I plan to do the same to my daughter. Gotta own up so you learn from your actions.

Ok, end ramble.

Jennifer - posted on 05/12/2011

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I don't hear that a lot, but I am agnostic and don't attend chruch regularly. I agree that people should take responsability for their actions, but perhaps this phrase is just an expression that people use and they don't mean it literally.

There is good and bad in every one of us. So perhaps they mean "the devilish sid of me" made me do it? :)

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