Serious question, as it has bothered me for years.
I'm not talking about the general "deceived into following Satan" side of things. I can see how people can do the wrong thing while sincerely believing they are doing what is right. Nor am I talking about people who dismiss the whole god-mythology, and do things that would generally be approved of by Satan.
I'm talking about the people who read the Bible, believe what is in it, and deliberately decide to do the things that Satan wants. And especially anyone who actually gets in touch with Satan and makes some kind of formal agreement for earthly wealth and whatnot.
I really, honestly, cannot see how ANY person could legitimately and honestly end up on the side of darkness by informed choice. Surely if you believe the whole Bible thing enough to believe there is an adversary, you know full well that (a) the bad side loses, and (b) you will be tortured forever for your involvement?
And if that's the case, then it means that every person who ends up on the side of the Bad, gets there through a process of disinformation and lack of understanding - through good intentions poorly implemeneted or gullibility or error? And if THAT is the case, then what is so good about the god who consigns THEM to hell for getting things wrong?
But that's a side issue. What I want to hear from Christians is exactly how they believe someone makes a deliberate and informed decision to cast their lot in with Satan?