Is it possible to make a pact with the devil?
People tend to think that pacts with the devil only exist in literature. They are wrong. There are people who, consciously and with full advertence, make pacts with the Devil and the surrender him their soul as long as they get something they want in this life. The idea of a formal pact with the devil appears for the first time in the 5th century, in the writings of St. Jerome. This Father of the Church tells how a young man wanted to gain the favor of a beautiful woman and went to a magician, who, in payment for his services, imposed upon the young man that he renounce Christ in a written document. In the 6th century, a second occurrence of this type appears in the legend of Theophilus, who becomes the devil's servant and signs a formal pact. This legend spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.
Es a pact with the devil possible? Certainly one can sign a paper, but the devil is not going to appear to give him the document or to collect it. When one makes a pact of this type, one always expects that someone is going to appear, but it is oneself who has to write the terms; nor does anyone appear once the pact is signed, so the paper remains in one's possession. All of this is pretty disheartening for the person who expected something special to happen. However, even so, if one invokes the devil, things can often happen, just as in spiritism. But not necessarily. To this scene, which has resulted so little theatrical and so discouraging to the person who expected an apparition, we must add:
1º That signing this pact does not mean acquiring a life of riches, honor and unleashed lust. I have personally known two people who made this pact and, speaking frankly, their level of life was worse than mine. Nor does it seem that, on the carnal side, that the devil had been especially generous with both. That is because the Devil is not God and can't give everything he wants.
2º The soul can repent at any time with just a simple act of the will. With repentance, the pact results null and void whatever the terms of the contract were. Even if the terms had excluded the possibility of repentance, this clause would not be valid at all. God, who gave us our freedom to do whatever we want, has not given us the freedom of renouncing freedom. This is valid also in eternity; both in Heaven and in Hell, we will remain free. The only difference is that, in Heaven, we will no longer want to sin and, in Hell, we will no longer want to repent.
Many people think that the Devil can, in fact, give success in business or in our profession. But the reason why the Devil cannot even concede that to his servants is because success in a business or a profession depends on a Chain of many causes and factors. The devil can only tempt; so, for example, he can tempt a boss to choose one employee instead of another. But the temptation can be overcome and, as a result, not even a simple thing like that is sure in a pact with the devil.
The great power of the pact with the devil is to make the person, who has made the pact, think that he is condemned, no matter what. It is difficult to convince a person, who has signed such a pact, that he continues to be as free as ever. But that is what happens.