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Martin Luther once dreamed that the devil was listening to reports from his agents on the progress they were making against the Kingdom of God. One reported, "A company of Christians were crossing the desert, and I loosen the lions on them, and all were lost." The devil replied, "What good was that? Their bodies were lost, but their souls were saved. I want their souls." Another little devil reported that a company of Christians were crossing the sea by a ship. I sent strong winds and caused the ship to go on the rocks and all were lost. Satan again said, that was nothing. Because their bodies were lost, but he wanted their souls. A third agent gave his report saying, “after years of trying, I finally managed to put the church to sleep.” And hearing this, hell and Satan rejoiced.