An old legend relates that a pious man met Satan one day coming into the church building. “What are you doing here?” asked the man. “I thought you never set foot inside the church building.” “Oh yes,” answered Satan. “Where there is praying and preaching against me, I must see to it that I don’t lose too many souls.”

“How?” inquired the man. “I have my methods, and they work very well. For instance, I persuade some to look at the cute babies so they cannot hear the sermon. I arrange for the housewives to worry about dinner rather than listen to the sermon. Most of all, I help the hearers interpret every word of the sermon so it concerns the other person. To be honest, I’m pretty good at my job.”