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Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted by Richard Beck
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“This is how worship is connected to our ability to love. When we give our ultimate allegiance to any of the principalities and powers, large or small, we find ourselves perennially at war with anyone who places these things at risk. Idolatry breeds perpetual vigilance and violence.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“The Harrowing of Hell is so important to the Eastern Orthodox Church that they reenact it during their Easter liturgy. The priest exits the church with a cross held high, and the congregation remains inside. The church doors are locked and the lights are turned off. The darkened church becomes hell, the Devil’s jail. The priest then pounds on the doors of the church— symbolizing Christ assaulting the gates of Hades—proclaiming “Open the doors to the Lord of the powers, the king of glory!” Inside the church the people make a great noise of rattling chains, the resistance of hell to the coming of Christ. Eventually the doors are opened, the cross enters, and the church is lit and filled with incense. For the Orthodox, Easter is all about how Jesus defeats the power of death.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“Basically, a satan is more of a relationship than a person. Anything that is facing you in an antagonistic or adversarial way—working against you as an opponent or enemy—is standing before you as ha satan, as an adversary, as a satan. In the Bible, Satan and the Devil are interchangeable names for the personification of all that is adversarial to the kingdom and people of God, the personified Enemy of God.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“these are the sorts of experiences in life that make us feel most vulnerable: Standing over my children while they are sleeping. Acknowledging how much I love my husband/ wife. Knowing how good I’ve got it. Loving my job. Spending time with my parents. Getting engaged. Going into remission. Having a baby. Being happy. Falling in love.[ 2] Joy and a fear of loss go hand in hand.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“we know that America is a culture driven by fear. And when you explore the roots of that fear you find that they are rooted in concerns about scarcity. Fears that undermine our collective ability to create a fair and hospitable social contract. Fearing that jobs and opportunities are scarce we fret about immigration, fearing that the immigrant will take a job or opportunity away from us. Fearing that money is scarce we fret about wasteful government spending, especially spending upon those we consider to be undeserving. And fearing that safety is scarce we demand that walls be built along our borders and that our military police the entire world for threats. Just turn on cable TV and you’ll see the whole dynamic play out on a nightly basis. Fears rooted in a culture of scarcity undermine our ability to love each other.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“When Jesus talks about conflict with “principalities and powers,” he’s talking about conflict with legal and political authorities.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“In sum, when Paul writes in Ephesians 6 that our battle is against the principalities and powers, he’s not just talking about demon possession, he’s also talking about our struggle with political powers.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“These two experiences of scarcity—not having enough and not being enough—affect our ability to love each other, fully, joyfully, and sacrificially.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“Whenever you hear someone say that they love God more than human beings watch out, because that person is about to hurt somebody.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“Being a parent is joyful, but it's also haunted by the specter of loss.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“As Greg Boyd argues in his book God at War, when doubting and disenchanted Christians lose touch with the warfare worldview of the Bible, we begin to treat the suffering of the world like it’s a logical puzzle to be solved rather than a reality to be resisted.[1] And when we treat suffering as an intellectual problem, all that happens is that our doubts and questions pile up. Our mind starts running in a circle, chasing its own tail.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“Satan names that which is working against God and God’s kingdom in the world.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“Jesus was in a battle with Satan, and if we want to follow Jesus we have to fight the battle that Jesus fought. This seems a rather obvious point, but with all the mental snipping going on, due to our doubts and disenchantment, this point is often missed. Jesus was picking a fight. Followers of Jesus have to pick that same fight.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“Power Breeds Satans As Bob Sutton points out, assholes are created because we are all so easily corrupted by hierarchy and asymmetries in power. Even the smallest power differentials can transform us into assholes.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“The kingdom of God is the hard, intimate, and sweaty work of simply getting along with people.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“The reason the Bible mixes and matches human and spiritual powers is because the writers of the Bible didn’t think these were different sorts of powers. They are, instead, manifestations of the same power.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“The trouble with the Devil is that we see him in the faces of those we hate, justifying our violence toward them.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“The goal of resistance wasn’t simply to topple Hitler. Resistance had to be a way of life, the only way to live as an agent of grace and love in a dark and evil world.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“Basically, when you lose track of the Devil you lose track of Jesus and the kingdom of God.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
“It’s the same problem we struggle with when it comes to marginalizing our privilege, power, or position as we focus on the voices and concerns of those who have been marginalized and oppressed. Even our social justice efforts become contaminated by our desire to be the center of attention as we fail to place weaker and less powerful voices at the center of our concerns.”
Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted