Saturday, June 04, 2005

Satan

Satan is an entity that has been around before the dawn of man. Webster’s Dictionary describes him as, “The Profoundly evil adversary of God and humanity, often identified with the leader of the fallen angels; the Devil.” He is indeed the adversary of God and man. There are many myths and fictional stories written about Satan.

Some people actually worship him in a church called, “The Church of Satan” and they have a Satanic bible. In 1966 a man by the name of Anton Lavey, was the first high priest of the “Church of Satan” in San Fracisco. It was also at this time that the News papers proclaimed, “God was dead.” According to Lavey this began the Sexual Freedom League and the hippies developed as a free sex culture. No doubt many people wanted God to be dead, so that they could do every sin imaginable and not be held accountable for them. From that time on Satanic
Worship would proliferate through out the United States and the world.

Why worship Satan? Well, many thought that Satan was equal to God in power, strength and attributes. The thought, “its better to reign in Hell, then to serve in heaven.” Satanist are rebellious people. They do not want to be told what to do. They enjoy the pleasures of sin in this
world.

The origin of Satan is not altogether clear, but it is obvious that he is not an all powerful being as the Godhead “Father, Son, Holy Spirit” (Rom. 5:20). He was not an eternal being like the Godhead: in the sense He Had no beginning or ending. The Bible says, “There is only only
One God.” (Deut. 6:4) and Satan is not it. God was the Creator of all things (Gen. 1:1-31; John 1:1-2; Col. 1:16), not Satan. God’s power is unlimited. God is omnipotent (all poweful). “He Ruleth by His power for ever; his eyes behold the nations.” (Psalm 66:7).

Satan’s power is limited, this shows us he was a created being. God limited Satan as to what he could do to Job, “...the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.” (Job 2:6). The devils (demons) said, “What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” (Matt. 8:29). The demons were called Legion ( meaning many) they acknowledge the fact that they had no power over Christ and that they were going to be punished for all eternity in the Judgment. Jesus dispersed these devils into about 2000 swine and they ran down a steep drop off and drowned in the water (Mk. 5:6-16). If Satan is so powerful then why are his followers: the demons afraid of God? James said, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (Js. 2:19). The bible says in, “2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell (Hades), and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; The devil was defeated in the fraction of the second when he rebelled against God. Hell was created for him and his angels (Matt. 25:41).

Some may ask, “if God created everything, then he created the Devil too.” God is infinitely good and creates only that which is good (Js. 1:17; Gen. 1:31). Satan was created as a creature that was good, pure and holy. But like man; God has given the devil and the angels of heaven the ability to choose good or evil. Man was to abstain from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17). His failure to do that; cost him his physical and spiritual life. Fortunate for him he could have redemption. But Satan and his Angels were lost for eternity. Satan made himself evil, by being full of pride (1 Tim. 3:6).

Some call Satan, “Lucifer.” This name was actually given to the Babylonian King and does not refer to Satan (Is. 14:12-15). Some say, “Satan was a cherub (angel.)” However there is not one passage in the bible that substantiates that. Some confuse Satan as being the cherub in Ezekiel 28:11-19. But this context refers to the king of Tyre. Satan and his angels have never been in hell (Gehenna). But come Judgment day they will (Rev. 20:10-14).

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