Considering I was subjected to seven years of "religious education" as a child - you would think that I would have sufficient understanding about different religions and at least be inclined to align with one.
Neither is true. I couldn't tell you what necessitates the praise and worship of any deity even if my life depended on it.
Having realised that my education in fact covered just one religion and the study of one book and deprived me of the exploration and study of the many other religions worldwide, I eventually disinvested in being part of religious institutions altogether.
As secular as my nature has become, the book reader in me could not ignore the character of Satan.
Of all protagonists, that guy has to be the most popular bad guy ever written about.
Owing to my limited religious education - which of course was confined to reading fatty portions of the Bible and listening to interpretations by men of the cloth - I must confess, I cannot tell what the difference between the evil forces in the book.
This ignorance led to a heated debate in my family on whether Satan, Lucifer, and the devil are the same man, or thing or concept... whatever!
The very root of our debate started when there was a surprise announcement on television about the launch of South Africa's Satanic church.
You should have seen my aunt's reaction. Shock! Horror! She was rebuking the devil and had already concluded that the world is coming to an end. Then, as we watched the controversy unfold; the speaker said that they are not devil worshipers.