Can someone actually sell his soul to the devil?


#1

Can someone actually sell his soul to the devil for earthly goods (fame, fortune, etc.)? Or is this just nonsense? I’ve heard it said from a lot people before, but never really gave it a second thought till now.


#2

A person could attempt to sell his soul to the devil, thus possibly opening himself to demonic activity; but such a “transaction” does not actually take place because the human soul is inalienable. The freely chosen and deliberate attempt to sell one’s soul to the devil would be a mortal sin; and, like all mortal sins, can be forgiven through repentance and, for a Catholic or Orthodox Christian, through sacramental confession.


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