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Dealing With the Devil Matthew 16:21-28

Dealing With the Devil

Want to be rich and famous quick? Get on down to the crossroads and make a deal with the devil. It will only cost your soul.

At a Glance

This material looks at the concept of making a deal with the devil. It's a notion that has a rich literary tradition and has given us the expression "Faustian bargain." To explore this idea, we reference an article that appears in about how to make a deal with the devil, in case anyone is weighing options. We then go to the Matthew text to discuss Jesus' ominous retort to Peter following his apparently innocent comment about Jesus' personal safety and well-being.

Editors' Pick

For material based on this same text, see "Extremophiles," August 29, 1999, at


* Want to get rich fast?

* Want to play a wicked guitar without practicing?

* Want to marry the most beautiful woman, or most handsome man, in the world?

* Want to write a series of best-selling novels?

You might be able to do all of those things and more on your own, but you also might need to ... make a deal with the devil. If you don't know how to do that, check out the eHow article on...

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