5. Wherein the history of the helmet of Mambrino is continued, and the odd parable of the hundred rebel sheep is told, with other accompanying trifles that add flavor to the subject.
The Lord said that His Kingdom is not of this World (Jn 18:36); the Devil, however, had the nerve to assume dominion over it himself (Lk 4:6). It is true that the Devil is the Great Liar and the Father of Lies (invectives that Our Lord Himself uttered); but it is fair to acknowledge that, in some respects, the Devil was not far from the truth when he claimed world dominion for himself.
Surely the Devil is the Great Deceiver. But sometimes, when it is to his advantage, he tells the truth: the whole truth, part of it, or a messy mixture of truth and lies. Sometimes he tells the truth in order to fool the born liars, which could seem like a paradox, but really it is not. Liars, like thieves, think that everyone is like them; hence the devil occasionally sees fit to tell them the truth so that they will believe the opposite.
The consequence of this is obvious: an advised person should never believe the Devil or, better yet, he should never, under any circumstances, dialogue with him. And since it seems that in recent History the kingdom of the Lie has expanded in no small measure, it is no exaggeration to affirm that we live under the rule of the Lie.