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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Pros and Cons (08/14/14)

TITLE: Conversation wtih Satan
By Rhonda Burns


Conversation with Satan

"Really! You truly anticipated that you, as a created angelic being, could actually overthrow the true Creator of the Universe. Are you nuts? What possible scenarios did you conjure up that would throw all constraint to the wind on a hunch that you could actually win? Oh, I know you were beautiful to look at and you really knew how to rock the music in the heavenlies, but come on! Yes, I understand that you had a fair amount of heavenly host willing to follow your self-deceived instructions. But that crowd only served to feed your delusion and coddle an onslaught of arrogance. At the risk of seeming rude, may I just state the obvious: Being trapped in the insidious lies of your own inner thinking is never a good springboard to mutiny. You were destined to fail.

Let me ask. Did you ever cleverly pen out a pros and cons list? I know when I have major decisions that could alter the future of my life; I like to carefully weigh the options. I tend to play out both scenarios on paper and see which one rises to the top. I could be wrong, but maybe, just maybe if you had put the facts out there in the open, you would have seen the many errors of your flawed thinking. Let me show what it could have looked like Ready? Here goesÖ.

At the top letís put the title:

Weighing the Odds of Overthrowing God

Now, letís list all the pros to that decision. Umm, my mind is coming up a little blank. You got some help for me here?

Nothing yet. Okay, letís go to the cons first then.

1. Will be thrown out of Heaven.
2. Will be known as the Father of lies.
3. Will be in a constant spiritual battle
4. Will be unable to touch Godís people.
5. Will fail at destroying Godís plan.
6. Will be thrown in the Lake of Fire to suffer for eternity.

Okay, thatís enough cons for now. Letís stop there and go back to the pros list. Hmmm. Nothing is coming to me still. Could really use your help. Surely you had some pros weaved into the dark recesses of your sly little mind way back when. Only a fool would endeavor such a giant power play without counting the cost and believing that the fruit of his labor would deliver an enormous pay day. Nothing coming to you? Well I know it was a long time ago but surely a mastermind like you would never forget the intricate positive details of an overthrow of this magnitude.

Oh donít give me that look. I know you think youíre big and scary! Yes, I know you have strong powers and cause a lot of evil in this world. No need to brag about the people you confuse and cause to stumble. I get it. I really do. I too have felt the touch of your hand reaching out to kill, steal and destroy. But, I canít put any of that into the pros column. You see, I know the end of your story. More importantly I know the God who created you and will one day cast final judgment on you. I know the One who fights my battles so that I no longer have to be afraid of you. Your very shadow shrinks in the presence of His true Light.

So you see, you are in quite a predicament. Maybe a little try at reasoning through the pros and cons of your sinister plan would have saved you an eternity of damnation. Just sayinÖ.Ē

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C D Swanson 08/21/14
Clever, unique and well written entry to this weeks topic.

A fine job with the dialogue in this introspective piece.

Well done

God bless~
Joe Moreland08/21/14
I love these imaginary types of conversations with the adversary. I have thought often of just what was going through Lucifer's mind that would make him think going up against God was a good idea.

As you put it so well; what did he thing was the upside?

This was humorous, well written and your MC was just the right mix. Like an accountant trying to help some tax evader fix realize where he went wrong. A great take on the topic.
Danielle King 08/23/14
A very interesting and well thought out use of the topic. Clearly written and with a good message. Great job!
Noel Mitaxa 08/23/14
Confident and creative approach to the topic, though "Just sayin" at the end threw me a little.
Graham Insley08/23/14
You are receiving a standing ovation from many who read this. This is humorous and serious all at the same, excellently crafted item.

My two small suggestions are:

First, you need to work a little bit on punctuation and paragraph breaks. Consider putting this in the Critique Circle now so that one of the editors can give you some feedback on it.

Not a theological point, but an issue as a reader, you seem to contradict yourself with con number 4 and what follows; as in: "No need to brag about the people you confuse and cause to stumble. I get it. I really do. I too have felt the touch of your hand..."

I know and agree with what you are saying, but..?

None the less, I am one of the readers giving a standing ovation.
LaVonne Wood 08/24/14
Wow! Wonderfully written. Not only do we need to consider the pro's & con's of our decisions, we need to consider the lasting or eternal effects on our lives.

Very cleaver writing. Blessings, LaVonne
Bea Edwards 08/24/14
ha you told him!

An enjoyable read.
Diane M. Bowman 08/24/14
Creative way to use the topic.

Great way to fight back in temptation - 'You see, I know the end of your story.'

Good job.
Larry Whittington08/24/14
Hindsight is really in our favor.Satan seems to have not had any foresight.

We have to be careful about his deception. He may not care where he ends up as long as he takes us with him.

Care must be taken that we don't deceive ourselves.
Terry Atchison08/25/14
Great message. Well written story. Very nice.
Rachel Barrett 08/26/14
That was well done and very clever! It had a good mix of seriousness and humor.
C D Swanson 08/28/14

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/28/14
Congratulations on 4th in your level and 16 overall. The highest rankings can be found on the message boards.