Facts and Myths about Satan
Satan is one of the most intrigued beings that has earned both reverence and dread in the hearts of people. He is a being that is shrouded in secrecy, and the fact no one has ever seen him further fuels his mystery.
He has obtained a following among human beings who worship him as a supreme entity worthy of advocate and reverence. His followers, the Satanists, paint him as a 'good' guy. They claim Satan's reputation as an evil being isn't true. In essence, they claim God is evil.
Despite the presence of evil on earth, some people believe Satan doesn't exist. The evils that is witnessed on earth, they assert result from our own weaknesses and selfishness. While human beings are born as feeble creatures, it doesn't explain several situations whereby the negative acts of humans haven't played a hand in. For instance, a man who is possessed by an unseen force that is tormenting him.
The Bible, the Word of God, the most reliable and authoritative source provides hints and details about Satan. The Bible asserts that Satan, God's adversary does exist and is at work to destroy everything God has made for the well-being of humans. As Christians, we should be careful not to get lost in teachings that don't align with the Word of God. The Bible should act as a guide and reference to ascertain whether men's teachings align with it because God knows everything and is ready to expound to us mysteries that are beneficial for the human race.
In this article, we will find out what the Bible say about Satan (who he is), where he originated from, his peculiarities and whether he has an end.
Satan is sketched as a being with two horns protruding from its head, with a ludicrous face and body holding a pitchfork. This is a mistaken true status or physical picture of Satan.
Satan feeds through the human's ignorance or made-to-believe depictions of himself. He uses our ignorance for his convenience. We should be careful that we’re not deceived who Satan is and what he represents (evil).
In the Book of Ezekiel, the prophet is told to prophecy against the prince of Tyre whose wisdom has filled him with pride to the extent of calling himself a god (Ezekiel 28:1-9). In verse 12, he is directed to prophecy against the king of Tyre. A change of scene is noted from verses 12-16. The verses describe a being rather than what will befall the king of Tyre.
In the above verses, we learn several things about this being. He is:
- A seal of perfection
- Full of wisdom
- Perfect in Beauty
- A covering cherub
- Was in Eden, the garden of God
- Every precious stone was his covering
- Was in the holy mountain of God
Satan is an angel known as a cherub. He was an exhibit of God's masterpiece, a testament of how beautiful Satan was.
He lost his place in heaven when he sinned (entertained pride) and revolted against God. His pride emanated from the immense wisdom he possessed and his unrivaled beauty. His being didn't diminish from a splendid creature to an ugly one when he was dispelled from God’s presence. He remains a masterpiece of God.
#1: Satan is Powerful
Through the name and blood of Jesus, we have power against Satan, and his evil forces. When Satan, his evil angels and demons hear the name of Jesus, they shiver.
However, this does not mean we should underestimate his power. Satan is powerful than us. We are no match to Satan the reason we stand by the name and blood of Jesus. Even the demons and evil angels command an aura of power.
When Satan lost his place in heaven, he took earth and the space between God's dwelling place and earth as his kingdom. This is noted in the Bible when Satan tempted Jesus, who was starving because of fasting for forty days and nights. Satan saw an opportunity to deceive Jesus because he knew why Jesus came to earth. He was fearful of that fact. He wanted to impede Jesus from carrying out God's mission on earth. He offered Jesus the world and everything in it if Jesus would kneel and worship him. Jesus didn't give in to Satan's deceptions. (Mathew 4:1-10)
Apostle Paul clarifies as Christians, we don't fight against flesh and blood (humans). Instead, our fight is against "principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:10-12) It is these dark forces (Satan, evil angels and demons) that cause many troubles we face in the world.
The Satan and Demons
#2. Satan is Cunning
Satan is as cunning as a fox and as clever as a hare. You shouldn't underestimate his wits or devious ways he uses to entice the world to do what is wrong and to rebel against God. As Christians we should be knowledgeable of Satan’s tactics so we don't fall prey to his deceptions.
Satan deceived Eve with an intent to increase his base in his rebellion against God. He knew that man is the apple of God. He sought to enlist man in his rebellion against God and to cause man to lose his place in God's sight. (2 Corinthians 11:3)
Jesus notes that Satan was a murderer from the beginning and that there is no truth in his being. He is a being whose truth is a foreign concept. "...there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44)
#3: Satan is the archenemy of God
Satanists want us to believe Satan is a good being whose positive attributes have been ‘dirtied’ by God. The Bible informs us that Satan pretends to be the angel of light whereas the fact is; he is the angel of darkness. We shouldn’t fall prey into such teachings because they are false.
Satan is nobody’s friend. He hates God’s creation, human beings just as much as he hates God. You have a choice to make: join God’s camp and declare war against Satan and his forces, sit on the fence or encamp on the side of Satan. Even if you don't join God’s or Satan’s side, you're still an enemy of Satan. When you declare your allegiance to Satan, don't think you'll get along well with Satan. He will deceive and ensnare you into his camp, but he will never be your 'real' friend. You can’t trust him with your life because his mission is to “steal, kill and destroy.” (John 10:10). He has a pure hatred for humans just as much as he hates God.
The good news is that Satan and his forces won’t cause havoc on the world for an eternity. God will deal them a blow during His final judgment. Their evil deeds will cease, their rule will end and havoc will be a thing of the past.
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