demons are hopelessly unambitious
I had watched a TV program (forgot the title) talking about the “real-life story” of a family whose house was haunted by supernatural beings, including a powerful demon.
According to the family, the demon caused them to have nightmares, accidents and scary apparitions. The family hired a group of professional “psychics” in order to be rid of the supernatural presence. The psychics said the demon, whose name was Seth, entered the human world when, many years ago, a ritual was done in the house that opened a portal to hell.
The “psychics” said they got rid of the demon through incantation, and all was well again until a new demon entered the human world through to open portal. Then the family left the house, and they have had a normal life since.
Demons are terrifying beings that are supposedly more powerful than any human. So why do they choose to limit themselves to haunting a single house and causing nightmares, (non-fatal) accidents and spooky sounds and sightings in a single family rather than, I dunno, using their powers to actually take over the Universe?
And if demons were so powerful, humans with their silly chants and charms and incantations should never be able to get rid of them.
And why do they have to wait for (mortal, weak) humans to generate a portal before they can get here? Why can’t they create their own portal with their superpowers?
And this issue about the Devil seeking the ruin of souls… What a shallow activity to occupy one’s infinite existence! Why does the Devil want to ruin and collect souls, anyway? To piss God off? To have a collection of humans which he can torture at his leisure? Hey, if I had nearly unlimited power like the Devil’s, I would be doing something far more productive (or far more destructive) than seeking the ruin of souls.
So, either demons are hopelessly unambitious, or the ones who made them had limited imagination…
The mainstream Christian conception of both Satan and demons is a little weird. It’s tempting to attribute it wholly to the misguided attempt to treat the Bible as a single work. However, there’s much in your account above and my own experiences with Christianity which leads me to believe a lot of things are passed down in an oral-tradition fashion in churches.
What I’ve seen in my other studies leads me to speculate that the oral tradition has accrued a lot of details from occult obsessions but at this point I’m speculating so many steps in I wouldn’t put as much stock in it as a weather report predicting snow in my city tomorrow.