We don't need to fear the devil but we should understand who he is. Here are the basics.
There are all many stories about people selling their souls to the devil to get special abilities: We get riches, supernatural powers, or guitar skills. The devil gets us.
Victims of demonic activity know the truth. The devil may make glamorous promises, but what he delivers is regret and self-loathing.
Compare two recent depictions of the devil: Fox television’s Lucifer and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.
In Lucifer, the Devil is a dashing Los Angeles nightclub owner with a devilish grin.
In The Passion he is creepy and gloomy, strangely attractive and repulsive at the same time. That’s more like what he’s really like.
“I’m convinced that one must never converse with Satan,” said Pope Francis. “If you do that, you’ll be lost. He’s more intelligent than us, and he’ll turn you upside down; he’ll make your head spin.”
The devil offers easy pleasures, but never keeps his promises. He can’t. Only God can give you what you need.