The devil , also called Satan, is best known as the personification of evil and the nemesis of good people everywhere. His image and story have evolved over the years, and the devil has been given many different names in various cultures: Beelzebub, Lucifer, Satan, and Mephistopheles, to name a few, with various physical descriptions including horns and hoofed feet. But this evil being, and his legion of demons, continue to strike fear in people from all walks of life as the antithesis of all good things.
Religious translations are often controversial. In general, there is some disagreement about how to interpret early texts, and the texts about the devil are no exception. Still, throughout history, the devil’s reputation as malevolent hasn’t changed much.
Most Christians still believe that he literally transformed the world and is responsible for much of the corruption and chaos. However, not all religions avoid the devil. The adherents of the Church of Satan, known as Satanist, does not worship the Devil, but embraces him as a symbol of atheism, pride and freedom, among other things.
Another type of Satanists, theistic Satanists, worship the devil as a deity. They can practice satanic rituals or even make satanic pacts. But like God, the devil is said to be simply a metaphor for ourselves, and has been used because of our society’s attraction to the irrational. But apparently, what we know of its existence could change, since a journalist claims to have recorded the voice of Satan himself.
This week, a journalist has claimed to have recorded the real voice of Satan. While promoting a new book, Roderick Millington published an audio of the Devil himself that supposedly read: “Come into the fire, come to me (Come to the fire, come to me).”
The electronic voice phenomenon, more commonly known as psychophonies , is a mysterious sound in which human-sounding voices from an unknown source can be heard on audiotapes, radio transmitters, and other electronic media.
A fascinating aspect of psychophonies is that voices sometimes respond directly to the people making the recording. For example, researchers ask a question to which the voice will respond or comment. Again, this response is not heard until later, when the recording is played back. Whether or not you believe in the phenomenon of the electronic voice, Millington’s recording of the “voice of Satan” will at least make you wonder if the devil really exists.
“I am a journalist and I have approached this whole subject with an investigative and open-minded attitude,” explains Millington on his website meta-speech.co.uk .“I recognize the fact that until recently I was one of the cynics who laughed at those who believe in the devil. Then I heard his voice and everything changed. That I have to do? If I began to investigate further, I might come face to face with the ultimate evil; It could literally endanger my mortal soul. However, ignoring it would be irresponsible, particularly in an age when more and more people are dabbling in the occult. No matter which path you consider, the decision was bad. I don’t know how long it took, but as I sat at my desk trying to take in the fact that Satan had spoken to me directly, after a while I caught my breath, my mind became more lucid and I knew what I had to do. This book is the result. “
His book entitled “The Devil’s Playground” features 21 alleged recordings of demons, along with that of Satan himself. The truth is that we do not know if the recording corresponds to a publicity stunt or is real evidence, but this is not the first that someone has an encounter with “evil”. Robert Johnson was an American blues singer, songwriter, and musician considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
Interestingly, playing the guitar was not a skill. The story goes that as a child he had no real talent for playing the guitar. However, at the age of 18, Johnson displayed a mastery of the instrument that seemed to come out of nowhere.
According to legend, when he was young and living on a plantation in rural Mississippi, Johnson wanted to become a great blues musician. This desire was so great that he brought his guitar to a close crossover. There he met the devil, who took his guitar and tuned it again. By returning it, Johnson gained mastery of the instrument, for the small price of his soul.
In the following years, Johnson became a traveling musician, until he managed to record several songs. Some say that allusions to Johnson’s diabolical pact can be found in several of his own songs, including Cross Road Blues and Me and the Devil.
Somewhat disturbingly, Johnson died under mysterious circumstances in 1938 at the young age of 27. With Johnson’s music now enshrined in the Blues hall of fame, one can only wonder if the devil came and collected his fee as agreed.
After all, the singer died at the legendary and possibly cursed age of 27, which means he joins other great musicians at the infamous 27 club, including Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, and Amy Winehouse.
What do you think about the Millington recording? Is it the voice of satan himself? Or is it a promotional montage for your new book?