James was wrong
The book of James in the new testament is supposed to have been written by James, the brother of Jesus. James the Just (his nickname) stayed in Jerusalem with Peter during the early days, until the Romans decided to finally flatten the place.
James (or whoever the idiot was who wrote it) said “Resist the devil and he will flee”
This is just plain wrong. Completely wrong actually.
What a tragic waste of energy and effort and emotion I expended as a teenager all those years ago “resisting the devil” as he tempted me with such awful sin as sexual fantasies and the urge to masturbate. The more I prayed and fasted and resisted, the stronger the “devil” seemed to get!
The more you think about something, the more reality you give it and the more powerful it becomes.
James would have been far more help to everyone if he had written “Look the devil square in the eye and see him for what he really is”
I am so so so so glad to be free of Christianity and it’s awful teachings.