I don't think many people believe in the devil. They'll go on and on and on about how great god is and how awesome heaven is going to be, but do they truly believe in hell? I don't think so.
You hear a story about a son coming out to his parents, either as gay or as an atheist. What's the first conclusion you're going to draw from the story before he gets into it? Probably that the parents cut off ties with them/want nothing to do with their son anymore.
Think about it. Their son, who they loved and cherished before all of this, has just told his parents that he's going to go chill in hell to be tortured for eternity. Their reaction is to cry and bitch about how the neighbors might see this? That wasn't the way you brought them up? Bitches please, if you really thought your son just damned himself forever wouldn't you do everything in your power to save him? But instead you cut off ties with him and act like you never had one, ignoring the eternal sentencing on his soul?
I call BS. If you truly believed hell and the devil exists then turning your back on your son in a time like that is worse than not doing anything if somebody kidnapped and started beating the shit out of him for no reason, and sent you live video of it happening. In other words, if you're willing to simply cut off ties with him and act like you never had a son then that makes you a shitty person. Not simply for never speaking to your son, though that's shitty enough, but for accepting the fact that he'll be tortured forever and you're okay with that.
Then there's the amount of "sinning" that goes on. Considering how "fearful" people are of this satan dude, there's a lot of laughing in his face going on. Lies and sex before marriage is probably enough alone to send the world right to hell. But does anyone care? No, not really.
People's behavior reminds me of some dumb teenage girl who has her father wrapped around her finger. She can be a total skank, party all the time, even some drugs, blah blah. But her father will continually believe his daughter to be a nice little princess.
That's how people act. But according to their beliefs the devil is no fool and he isn't blind to all that we do. It's just that we like to think he's as gullible as good 'ol Dad was because that's the kind of thinking that lets us get away with all that we do. So people either suspect this devil guy to be really dumb and unobservant, or more likely they secretly do not believe in him at all. They realize how preposterous such a character is.
I ask every one of you to ask your religious family/friends about this behavior and see if you can't get them to admit that they don't actually think they will go to hell forever and ever and ever for fucking up a few times. See if you can't get them to admit that deep down inside of them they know that the story of the devil is just a way of scaring people into doing what is right.
Thanks for reading.