This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on April 3, 1965….Its amazing how much of it is true today…Prophecy for sure!!!

If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.”   To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”.  In the ears of the young marrieds, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be extreme in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to say after me: “Our Father, which art in Washington” . . . 

If I were the devil, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects but neglect to discipline emotions . . . let those run wild. I would designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say “she’s right.” With flattery and promises of power, I could get the courts to rule what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography, and  thus, I would evict God from the courthouse, and then from the school-house, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and I would deify science because that way men would become smart enough to create super weapons but not wise enough to control them. 

If I were Satan, I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle. If  I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force everybody back to work. Then, I could separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave camps. In other words, if I were Satan, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing.


Paul Harvey, Good Day.

10 comments on “IF I WERE THE DEVIL ~By Paul Harvey

  1. wow!
    That is Paul Harvey at his best.
    ~ Eric

    I added this in a comment after my latest post.– linking back to your post – here.

  2. Every time I hear this I think it is more and more true… Thanks for the post.

  3. Good morning my dear sister in Christ, may the Lord bless you this Sunday Morning with His abundant love as you prepare to worship Him. You pray for me and I pray for you, with our prayers we may lift each other up and make this a better world for all to live and worship the Lord in.

    • Amen, Amen…Thank you for our prayers Pastor, I will continue to hold you up in prayer always, Our God Loves you my friend and He knows your heart is always for Him. He has anointed you with such a compassionate heart and given you a great gift of discernment and wisdom. It is because of people like you that I know this world can become a better place. Love & Blessings, Enjoy your week.

  4. Oh my this is all so true! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I remember coming into the living room on night and wondering why my mom was crying…
    she was listening to this broadcast….as i sat with her, she never said a word and neither did i, for you felt his words sweep over you and even though you didn’t want to believe them..you knew it would come to pass…
    I have listened to this may times over the years…and in 1980 my late father-in-law said, Americans’ enemies do not have to create wars, they will filter through the use of drugs to subdue their adversaries, they will walk into the white house and make it their own rules…he had listen to this broadcast too, but he was Moslem a rebel in his own right for he Believed the Jewish had a home promised to them and like everything in life..real life, if you love and believe it is not handed to you, all things that matter have to be worked at to appreciate it when you stumble and sit down to remember why you were working towards the belief…
    I believe all faiths have a place here…ALL of them, fro we each have a journey to experience all ways at one time…and we are not to judge, because we disagree or don’t understand…His most last impression on me before he passed away was
    ” as long as you do not “Intentionally” hurt any one ( including all forms of life)
    you will walk through the Gates of Heaven”
    those have stayed with me as has Paul Harvey’s words
    and as we are human, we will stumble, we will sin…we will be humans of free will
    making choices that we feel we need too…only we can answer to our God or our words we express God with..only we can choose not to hurt anyone intentionally…
    no one can do it for us….

    wonderful post….Thank you for sharing….
    Take Care…You Matter…

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