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There was a young seminarian who was taking an oral examination for his ordination process. During the questioning, one of the examiners asked him if he believed in a personal devil. "No," he replied, "I do not believe in the devil."


Hearing this, the examiners began to discuss the seminarian’s fitness for ordination. They were on the verge of disqualifying him when one of the older faculty members spoke up: "Don’t worry about this young man’s present disbelief in a personal devil. This whole thing will take care of itself. He won’t be working in a church for more than two weeks before he changes his mind."


(Source: from a sermon by Don Hawks, "Speaking of the Devil" 7/19/08)

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