John Bevere wrote a book a couple of decades ago called, “The Bait of Satan’. I never read it. However, I did hear about the central premise. It was a book about ‘taking offence’ . From what I understand his thesis is that evil (however you conceive it) has a vast array of strategies to draw us in. If you’ve ever read C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters you will be familiar with this idea. For Bevere, however, one of the core strategies of evil is that it can entice us to take offence at the way we are treated by others. This is his ‘bait of satan’ thesis.
Of course, you don’t take offence at the treatment you sometimes receive from others so this post will have to be about other people. Other people like me.
Just this morning I was on a training ride and someone said something that annoyed me…a lot. For most of my life when I feel offended I run a bunch of basic strategies: (more…)