If I Were the Devil

A Lamplighter Moment from Mark Hamby

If I were the Devil, the Prince of Darkness, what methods of deception would I use to rule the world? What areas of society would I target? What tactics would I employ? In the transcript below, Paul Harvey in 1965 airs one of the most astonishing monologues ever recorded. Now nearly 50 years later, everything that Paul Harvey said the Devil would have to do to rule the world, has come to pass. Paul Harvey was not a prophet nor were his words prophetic. How then did 100% of what he said in 1965 come true? Perhaps the Devil himself listened to the broadcast…what you are about to read will, without doubt, raise a few eyebrows and goosebumps. Enjoy…or rather, be appalled, with the rest of the story!

If I were the Devil, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness and I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, thee.

So I would set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first. I’d 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.”

To the young, I would whisper that 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.” And the old, I would teach to pray after me: “Our Father which art in Washington.”

And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d make TV look worse than movies and then make movies look worse than TV in a vicious cycle that just gets worse and worse. I’d peddle narcotics to whomever [sic] I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the Devil, I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves, until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.

If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects but neglect to discipline emotions; just let those run wild until, before you knew it, you’d have to have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door. Within a decade, I’d have prisons overflowing. I’d have judges promoting pornography. Soon I could evict God from the courthouse, and then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls and church money. If I were the Devil, 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 give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what will you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich. I would caution against extremes in hard work, in patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on TV is the way to be and thus I could undress you in public and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.


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  • Dan Adams

    Satan is the god of this fallen world but I serve THE ALMIGHTY GOD who created me and saved me from sin.

    • Wv Bear

      I 100% agree with you and share your sentiment. However, that fact does not preclude us from the damage, destruction or abuse satan doles out upon fallen creation. It actually paints a neon bullseye on us, making us an even greater target for attack. Just saying…….

      • Dan Adams

        Jesus told us what is coming ,so prepare and watch.

        • Wv Bear

          I am 🙂 i’m just not going to be a sitting duck, vulnerable to the ebb and flow of the evil tide washing across the land.

          • dan from ohio

            I,m with you and I agree with you.

    • FloridaBoy


  • anewera

    Paul Harvey was one the devil’s many minions. He funded Planned Parenthood for years.

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      • anewera

        Priests for Life used to have a webpage where they ranked celebrities by the amount of money they gave to Planned Parenthood. Paul Harvey’s name was near the top of the list. The list got very long. Priests for Life changed the page to just show just a short list of celebrities that opposed Planned Parenthood. There were the names of the cast members of Everybody Loves Raymond and a few other names. I do not think the page is there anymore.

  • daro l

    now i am not one who is big on snopes at all, but they may have this one right.

    • Janet Bosley

      I take what Snopes say with a grain of salt ..soon after I started checking with them I saw RED FLAGS but to give them benefit of doubt I tested them and ask them I believe it was three questions I already KNEW for a FACT was true and they said FALSE I dropped them like a hot potato ..for Snopes were then they supported liberal democrats and I doubt there has been a change ..oh they may now support Fake Republican Trump.
      Yes on this they did get it right . I wonder what and or who got them to do it.

      • Wanderinglyricist

        who says hes fake?

  • Mart1963

    If I was the AC then I would want the world to worship me.


    I would send my minions throughout the world to control governments.


    So that I can change laws.


    Obscure law entitles Prince Charles to legally set off a nuclear bomb …
    https://www.independent.co.uk › News › UK › Home News


  • justaminute

    If I were the devil I would start with Genesis Chapter 1 And convince the world that Earth is a globe spinning around the Sun with a magic magnet

    • Wanderinglyricist

      Actually my guy… thats where youre wrong. If i were the devil id inspire the masses to believe that the earth is a flat disk that the government is trying to cover up and say is round even though it says in the bible that we live on a globe

      • justaminute

        No it doesn’t say in the Bible earth is a Globe, it says the opposite. In Psalms It states 4x that earth is set on it’s foundation and can’t be moved. that is just one example, and before you keep on in your ignorance, read Genesis chapter 1 very carefully because just by your statement I know you haven’t. Then after you do then comment, otherwise you sound ignorant.

        • Wanderinglyricist

          Actually on the contrary. the meaning behind psalms mostly metaphorical. you didn’t say exactly where that psalm is located and i couldn’t find it. Isaiah:40:22 mentions the circle of earth and Job 26:10 teaches that God has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters at the boundary of light and darkness. This boundary between light and darkness (day and night) is called the “terminator” since the light stops or “terminates” there. Someone standing on the terminator would be experiencing either a sunrise or a sunset; they are going from day to night or from night to day. The terminator is always a circle, because the earth is round. the Hebrew word for “circle” that was translated actually means sphere or globe as seen from above, which would in affect be a circle. Hebrew is a very complicated language but as someone who not only speaks Hebrew (i learned for my girlfriend who is Jewish and Hebrew is her first language) but also a history nut who loves the bible even though i’m agnostic. The assumption that i’m ignorant is laughable at best.

          • justaminute

            If you are agnostic you are ignorant, ignorant of this; the Hebrew of today is really Yiddish, secondly do you think Isaiah didn’t know the difference between a circle and a sphere? You left out the main point , It is Genesis 1, it most definitely not describing a Sphere. Psalm 93:1, 96:10, 104:5, also is mentioned in Isaiah and Chronicles, nice try though. there are other examples, such as the Sun moving in Joshua or the Sun dial going backwards for Hezekiah, but you will write those off because you are just SOOOOO smart, but keep posting you are betraying your ignorance, and will remain in ignorance because being so smart you will not bother to research it.

          • Wanderinglyricist

            First id like to point out that personal attacks are a characteristic of personal insecurities and i suspect that you yourself know that you’re wrong. Ok, now that that’s out of the way, taking out religion and Yiddish, and assuming i am ignorant, lets look at the flat earth scientifically. If the earth was flat, we wouldn’t have timezone differences, eclipses, or a big one, we would be able to see the same stars all year round. how do you explain how one one side of the globe, people see different stars as someone on the other at the same time of year? How do you explain the other planets and celestial bodies being spherical and ours being on a disk? How do you explain the curvature of the planet that you can clearly see if you’ve ever been on a plane?

          • justaminute

            Calling someone ignorant is not an insult, how is this? You lack knowledge. The stars circle over the earth, the same as the Sun, but there are wandering stars that circle around the Sun, They are called planets and Earth isn’t one of them. The curvature you see from a plane is caused by the glass in the plane. Next time you are on a plane look through the dead center of the glass, because if you look through the top or the bottom what you see will be distorted same as if you look at something through the bottom of a coke bottle. Globe Earth has never been proven and it has been tried many times, you know why? because it doesn’t exist. They have had 400 yrs too prove it. There is only one thing you need to know that disproves it, water will always level out when at rest(scientific fact) and earth being 75% water it is therefore impossible for Earth to be a Globe. In order for Earth to be a Globe that property of water would have to be curvature everywhere. Now do your own research if you are interested, the things you think of that are facts aren’t facts!

          • Wanderinglyricist

            1.) planets aren’t stars. stars are hyper dense balls of gas. for them to orbit the earth as fast as you say, the speed they would have to be going would be ridiculous. i’m talking thousands of times faster than light. that would also mean that the earth would in turn be the strongest source of gravity to have trillions of trillions of stars as our satellites. think about what you’re saying. its simple physics that a high-schooler could figure out.
            2.) The curvature isnt caused by the glass. If it was, the distortion would be dependent on the angle at which you view.
            3.)Water is always level, true. but level to the pull of gravity. no matter where the water is it will be pulled towards the center of the earth giving it the ability for curvature. my question for you is, if the earth is flat how would the water stay on the planet. also why haven’t we found the edge?
            4.) The globe earth HAS been proven, flat earthers are trying to DISprove it.

            im alot less “ignorant” than you think bud.

          • justaminute

            I never said planets orbit Earth, I said they orbit the Sun , I said they circle over Earth just as the Sun. Show me one place on Earth in real life that there is curvature of water, and does water flow up Hill? It would have to if Earth were a Globe. The Nile river starts at Victoria Falls deep in Africa, and ends in the Mediteranean sea. Did it flow upside down and uphill ? There is a boundary of ice, a 200 foot wall that surrounds Earth that holds everything in, it is called Anartica, look at the Un logo, It is a true map of Earth, They are laughing at you for believing Earth is a spinning ball with a magic magnet shooting through a non existant space. Finally no the Globe Earth has never been proven (it has been tried but always comes up flat) nor has gravity been proven. If there was gravity why doesn’t it pull everything down including smoke and the clouds? I could go on but if you really want to know do your own research as I am done here. You are still ignorant if you are agnostic and I am not your bud

  • Roberto Serrato-Law

    Any government or government system without God will decay. Capitalism without God simply turns in to greed and feeds off of selfishness. Socialism without God is the same. Sadly, no one cares and seemingly blindly hating so much they can’t or refuse to see this because everyone is the enemy these days.

  • Marilyn Robinson

    Isn’t this from Paul Harvey? What???