A Deal with the Devil

Faust making his Deal

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Faustian tales like that of Twardowski are enduring for a reason. If you're religious, then this is all very real. Even you aren't religious, its still real in the sense that the deal with devil represents selling your virtue or your agency for something fleeting and vain, but in the moment seems like its the world.

Source for Twardowski Story

Heck even kids shows have Rumplestiltskin who is doing the same basic thing, tricking people into some sort of one sided deal by preying on their lust for the moment.

Saint Theophilus the Penitent

Yes, a friggin Saint! How did that happen? Theophilus was an Archdeacon of the Church in the 6th century. One day he was approached about becoming a Bishop. The humble Theophilus turned down the promotion, and it was given to someone else.


Well that someone else became Bishop and stripped Theophilus of his title. He got so angry, he reached out to the devil to undue this predicament in exchange for his souland renunciation of God. 

Theophilus then became Bishop for many years, but as time wore on he realized what a foolish mistake he made, and the eternity was a much bigger issue than revenge and status. He fasted for a time, and much like Twardowski, was visited by the Virgin Mary, his sins were forgiven and the contract he'd signed with satan was destroyed.

General Johnathan Moulton

There are several versions of this story you can find, but heres the basics:

The greedy General made a deal with the devil to have his boots filled with gold. The devil agreed, but the general thought he would outsmart the devil and he removed the soles from his boots so the gold would keep coming. When the devil realized something wasn't right he inspected the boots and was filled with rage.




The house was set on fire, though the general still thought he'd have his gold when it was done. He searched the ashes and found nothing. He lost everything. 

When he died, his body vanished from the coffin, and it was filled with Gold.

Robert Johnson

Blues Legend of the early 1900s Robert Johnson comes to mind, except no one recalled Johnson having been particularly talented with the guitar. Allegedly one evening he met the devil on the side of a road. 



The Devil handed him a guitar and Johnson became one of the most notable guitarists of all time, though fame never quite followed him. Johnson died in 1938 at age 27, after drinking some mysteriously poisoned whiskey at a show.

Bob Dylan

Jesus was tempted by Satan.

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan River. The Spirit led him into the desert. There the devil tempted him for 40 days. Jesus ate nothing during that time. At the end of the 40 days, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man must not live only on bread.’ ” Then the devil led Jesus up to a high place. In an instant, he showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world. He said to Jesus, “I will give you all their authority and glory. It has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God. He is the only one you should serve.’ ”Then the devil led Jesus to Jerusalem. He had Jesus stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. It is written, “ ‘The Lord will command his angels to take good care of you. They will lift you up in their hands. Then you won’t trip over a stone.’ ” Jesus answered, “Scripture says, ‘Do not test the Lord your God.’ ” When the devil finished all this tempting, he left Jesus until a better time.

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