5 famous cases of people selling souls to Satan

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In Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the Devil or Satan or Lucifer is the arch-enemy of the people of God and he would try anything to lead people away from God and bring them in his team. It is believed that Satan was the chief musician of God before he rebelled against Him and was thrown to Earth along with many other angels who supported him. These fallen angels thus became demons. In Christianity, the demons roam on the Earth and are destined to hell eventually and those who follow these demons would have a similar fate. But even after clear warnings, it didn’t stop many from making deals with Devil.

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The Bible specifically tells that the evil spirits should not be contacted, for the own good of people, and yet, there have been many cases over the years where people allegedly tried to get favours from the demons to get what they desire. Here are 5 such famous people who are believed to have sold their souls to the Devil to get things done.

1. Niccolò Paganini

Niccolò Paganini was born in Genoa, Italy in 1782 and is considered to this day to be one of the greatest violinists to have ever lived. He was such a genius when it comes to playing the violin that many of his techniques and skills were considered to be impossible.

His mother wanted him to be a great violinist from an early age, and there is speculation that it was her who had made a deal with the Devil of his soul for greatness. He could play the violin at the age of 7 and was already performing in public when he was just 11 years old. When he was 13, he was sent to a famous violinist of his time to improve his skill, but Alessandro Rolla, his teacher, sent him to his teacher because he was too talented for him. His teacher sent him to his own teacher for the same reason.

When he was 15 years old, he started touring solo but soon had a breakdown. He turned out to be an alcoholic, gambler and womanizer. But he recovered and became one of the first major violinists to perform in public without sheets. He could memorize everything and was ridiculously skilled. His such ability soon popularized the rumor that he was in league with the Devil. Many people even claimed to have seen Paganini’s doppelgangers during his performances with horns and tails helping him and hovering around him.

When Paganini died in 1840, the Catholic Church refused to bury him in Genoa but was ultimately allowed after four years. Still, it lies today about 200 kilometers from his birthplace.

2. Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson, though he only lived for 27 years, is considered a great Blues musician. As a matter of fact, he was ranked 5th in the list of Rolling Stones greatest guitarist of all times and artists like Eric Clapton and Keith Richards have revered him as the greatest of all Blues musicians ever.

Johnson was the tenth child of his parents, and though he was always interested in music and could play harmonica well from an early age, he didn’t have but any talent in playing guitar despite of his much efforts. But then, one day he took a tour of Robinsonville, Mississippi for several months and when he returned, he was not only able to play guitar but could play so well that it would astonish people.

Many believed that it was impossible for anyone to gain such mastery in such a short time and accused him of making a deal with the Devil. Soon stories started to make rounds that during his tour, he met the Devil who tuned a guitar and gifted him that, which made him unstoppable. His song ‘Me and the Devil’ only fueled the speculation of the people. His sudden guitar-playing skill remained a mystery, however.

Another mystery about him was how he died. It is speculated that after a gig in August 1938, he was given a bottle of whiskey by a woman, drinking which he collapsed as it was poisoned by the woman’s jealous husband. The story but cannot be confirmed and where his body lies today is also unknown.

3. Saint Theophilus the Penitent, or Theophilus of Adana

Saint Theophilus was a sixth-century archdeacon of the Catholic Church in the present day Turkey. His story is one of the first cases in history in which someone was accused of selling soul to the Devil. According to the legends, he was offered the position of bishop in the Church, but out of humility, he let someone else take the position. But the new bishop, instead of being grateful, removed Theophilus from his position of archdeacon. This angered him so much that he contacted the Devil and made a deal with him, for which he had to renounce Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary.

Soon after this, circumstances became such that he ended up becoming the bishop, the position he had previously refused. But as years passed by, he grew more and more scared of his soul and realized that vengeance and the position of bishop is nothing comparing to salvation. He was full of regrets and decided to fast. After fasting for forty days, Virgin Mary appeared to him and agreed to intercede with God for him. He continued to fast and thirty more days later, she appeared again and his sins were forgiven.

Three days after that, when he woke up in the morning, he found the contract that he had made with Satan and had signed with his own blood was stuck on his chest. He took it to the Church, confessed his sins publicly and the contract was burned. He was so elated by the freedom that he immediately passed out.

4. Father Urbain Granadier

In 1632 in Loudun, France, a number of nuns accused Father Urbain Granadier, a Catholic priest, of bewitching them and sending a league of demons to commit vile acts with them. They even had the names of the demons. A trial was quickly conducted by the Church and the priest was questioned. During the trial, he was accused of having sexual relationships with many women, and then a document was produced in front of the judges which was allegedly the contract that Granadier had made with the Devil. It had not only the signature of Granadier but also the signature of several demons including the Devil himself. The contract was written backwards in Latin and translates to the following:

We, the influential Lucifer, the young Satan, Beelzebub, Leviathan, Elimi, and Astaroth, together with others, have today accepted the covenant pact of Urbain Grandier, who is ours. And him do we promise the love of women, the flower of virgins, the respect of monarchs, honors, lusts, and powers. He will go whoring three days long; the carousal will be dear to him. He offers us once in the year a seal of blood, under the feet he will trample the holy things of the church and he will ask us many questions; with this pact, he will live twenty years happy on the earth of men, and will later join us to sin against God. Bound in hell, in the council of demons.

Father Urbain Granadier was later burned at stake for the charges of witchcraft.

5. General Jonathan Moulton

General Jonathan Moulton was born in the month of July 1726 and was not always extraordinarily wealthy. He started his career as an apprentice to a cabinet maker but soon decided to join the army. While serving in the army, he fought in three major wars. In the year 1749, he married his first wife and had eleven children with her. He soon settled in Hampton, Virginia and surprisingly got filthy rich in no time. His sudden accumulation of so much of wealth in such a short time came as a surprise to the poor neighborhood and it was alleged that he had made deals with Devil. He went on to marry two more times. He married his third wife at the age of fifty years.

As to how he got so much of wealth, locals alleged that he had made a contract with the Devil in which the Devil was supposed to give him a boot full of gold. But Moulton tore open the sole of the boot and so the boot would never be full of gold. When the Devil learned that he was being tricked, he took revenge on Moulton in the strangest way possible that cemented the hypothesis of people. Upon his death at the age of 61 years, his body went missing from the coffin and instead the coffin was filled with gold coins having the seal of Satan himself. The locals buried the gold-filled coffin anyway. His body was never found and no grave mark was put in its place.

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  1. I am a voice that stand on the wall. I am a intercessior for the souls of man. My burden has been so heavy in my prayer closet. Oh when you come close to selling out reconsider. I once took care of a actor and dancer. I traveled for what was within to let him go. He could not even speak he could only grawl. I knew nothing about what he did only what had him was strong. Through many months of prayer his mind was loosed and he began to tell me about “crosstoads” and making a deal. I believe I have been sent to such people. It just sounds crazy. But it was very real. When they make this deal they cannot make it leave. Prayer is currency ans the blood of the cross can even reach them. But it takes someone like me to go and pray and wrestle in the spirit. They sold out to a lie. Not realizing just what their ending would become. Not in every case but in some God sends someone able to connect them with His delivering blood. Lord break every chain. I have done for one. May he never sell out again . Evangelist Crites

  2. Cake and eating it too Lol god cannot put your soul in heaven if you do not have one to give. and gods not going too grab your soul from the devil stop trying to deceive people, god only forgive sins that are redeemable. you can repent all you want but it’s one thing to sell your soul out of being deceived it’s another to do it voluntarily. There are people in hell for lesser things keep that in mind.Also if you sell your soul to the devil you’ll die and go to hell before you can even be forgiven assuming that’s possible which isn’t also the devil gives you something then takes it away a couple months later hence why there’s no timeline on the contract of selling your soul Ex once he takes your soul he waits till he’s done everything in the contract then at a random time he’ll kill you and bring you to him and let his demons feast on you.

  3. Well if you think that the Devil will hold up too a bargain with you by selling your soul to him then y’all are stupidly crazy and need professional help as well because it’s on this basis why our ALMIGHTY LORD & GOD through his ass out of HEAVEN because he wanted to be as powerful as our ALMIGHTY LORD THY GOD is why he was dispatched from heaven & threw to the earth to live forever more to rule over all the sinners on earth.He is too receive all of the Damnation & damn souls who doesn’t believe or put there faith in our LORD THY GOD every soul he gets shall live in torment forever more on earth in hell so how could someone trust something like him when he not only couldn’t be trusted in heaven as a pure angel so what makes people think they can bargain with a creature like him on earth when our GOD made him a angel in heaven nothing will ever make this EVIL thing happy even on this earth so you have not only committed your soul to damnation but at the end of this world’s end you shall never have anything but torment and fire so I say this too you now before it’s to late for you or y’all to repent y’all must repent now and ask for OUR GOD to forgive you and everyone else that has done this me myself I’ve given my soul over the our LORD THY GOD IN HEAVEN TOO DO WHAT HE WILL WITH MY SOUL AS HE SEES FIT FOR ME . I just ask for his mercy & forgiveness when the end of time comes for JUDGMENT DAY AMEN

    1. I wonder if all the people who really did sell their soul, did because they knew God forgives all sinners if they are truly remorseful. After they celebrated with their fame and riches and And the privileges that come with it they turned the other cheek! Kind of like having your cake and eating it too, food for thought.

      1. If you think that then you should watch Bob Dylan’s interview on CBS on YouTube about how he made his deal with the devil. Satan is real and doesn’t care who he hurts!

      2. I have thought about that too. People do evil dead’s because it’s so much harder to be good. This world really needs to find Jesus.

    1. If you think that you can’t make a deal with the Devil then you should read the Bible and everything in it because you can make a deal with the Devil himself if you don’t believe this then I say too you don’t do it jokingly because what you don’t know is it will be for real and you sir shall lose your soul to Damnation an shall be damed forever more not being able to get into heaven but will go straight into Hell itself

      1. It don’t say nothing like that in the bible God did not say that we can sell your soul to the devil . Stop spreading false information

      2. Listen ysll it is a sin in itself to say any one person would go to hell or heaven. Bc we offend our savior for stepping in his shoes and deciding the fate of someone which only he can truly do … lets not worry so much of the destination that sin takes us but how much it separates us from the love of God ? Amen? And how bout if we approach the tooic with the fact that we are in spiritual warfare saying the name of the fouler invites him intonour dwellings and relationships. We must abide by his 7 virtues and abstain from the things he hates And NEVER DISRESPECT THE HOLY SPIRIT. If we were to denounce his Holy Spirit then we uave committed and unforgivable crime against God. But even he can forgive murders and gluttons liars and thieves… prostitutes N pimps… its not so people can keep sinning but to help them have less sin and temptation around them. Peolple pray for one thing or maybe a few and then expect a complete healing from God… he will give us what he feels he deems is necessary and we like classic kid/parent relationships want to fight our father for saying no, or saying yes and we not liking the results. We as humans blame God for so much but do we stand back and take any blame? We did not send a son to die God did so we would have physical proof to believe he didnt have to die for us he wanted to…

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