Great story and I think totally bogus, but here are some ramblings for the fun of it.
1) If it is true then so is the devil of western folklore, one that can materialize and make deals for your soul. This is different to the devil of
the Bible as the Bible says you can always repent and be born again in the spirit (notice spirit
) and thus annul any "deals"
with the devil, even if these were possible. Also the hell of the bible is different to the hell of folklore.
2) The words in the story regarding the reading room "as it would be in 1997
" would indicate that the devil was going to somehow re-create the
reading room as it would be in 1997 not actually transport Soame's body or soul or spirit there. As such Soames should have realized that the devil
could falsify what he saw and so what would be the point?
If the devil really could perform this feat and didn't want to lie to Soames about it, then he would have to be able to see across time himself. I
dont beleive the Biblical devil can see across time like God can as the Bible says "But of that day or that hour knoweth no one, not even the angels
in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father" Mar 13:32. But if he could do that then he would see his own demise and know that all his scheming is
useless, the only thing left would be rage at his loss. Interestingly the Bible says "Woe for the earth and for the sea: because the devil is gone
down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time" Rev 12:12. So either he has seen his demise or has learned of it some other
I also dont believe the Biblical devil can create, so he could not have re-created the reading room as what he thought it would look like 100 years
Of course the New Age devil, Lucifer, does not believe that he is going to lose at the final battle (who is right and who is wrong we shall see) and
also claims to be able to create (as in healing, for example).
3) If the man in the library that day was really Soames, why didnt he show any surprise at the computerized catalogue? Or the really high hemlines of
the women there?
I think the clue as to who was behind it is this "The bearded librarian addresses the group. "Ladies and gentlemen, if you are visitors, it's time to
leave now. There's nothing more to see here; shall we be moving along, then?""
edit on 23/12/12 by Cinrad because: (no reason given)