Good and Evil. Throughout history there has always been a battle between the two and for many who hold a religion as sacred, this battle has its leaders. As Christians, we embrace God Almighty as the unequivocal Creator and Leader of all that is good and righteous, and we see Satan as the captain of all the dark forces that stand against God. So, just who is Satan? Is he a real being, and if so, how did he get to be so evil? If God created all that is good, then how could God have created Satan, the father of darkness? Does Satan come from someplace else? Did God make a mistake?
Demons – what are they – who are they? Are they associated with Satan or are they figments of very fertile imaginations, brought to life through very real special effects and computer technology? Demons are real and are the minions of Satan – but when we think of minions, what do we think of? Believe it or not, we have become comfortable with demons being among us, because they are so often portrayed as misunderstood and even likable beings. Are we in trouble? Yes!
Angels... We have such varied perceptions of them. Sometimes they are viewed as little cupids, flying around shooting people with their arrows of love. Sometimes we think they are white glowing winged creatures. Sometimes we think they take on human form and intervene in specific and dramatic ways and sometimes we think that they are our companions with whom we can communicate about anything from the majestic to the mundane… So, really, what, who are angels, what do they do and how do they do it? Can we, should we be seeing and talking with them?
Satan. The Devil. The Adversary. These are but a few of the names that describe that powerful spiritual being who fell from heaven and opposes God. Many people don’t believe he exists. Still others look at the Bible and point out how Satan is such an infrequent player in the Old Testament and a dominate player the New Testament. They use this observation as proof of the evolution of the idea of Satan. So, is he real or just a convenient fabrication of Christianity to keep people in line? If he is real, what kind of influence does he have? Should we be afraid?
Ours is a day of openness, availability and communication – sort of. We can stay in touch with friends and family on a moment by moment basis, follow news as it happens and even tap into the spirit world pretty much at will. Wait a minute…what? Tapping into the spirit world – is that something good or could it be horribly evil, even though it might look good? Stay with us as we look into a dimension beyond our own to find out what is really happening out there…
Several weeks ago we talked about demons and their influence in our world. We looked at how devious they can be as satanic influence infiltrates our media and our lives. Well, what about angels? Where do they fit in this present age? Are there really guardian angels to watch over us? Can or should we try and communicate with angels? Are angels ever at our disposal to help us make decisions and do they sometimes literally talk us through our most traumatic experiences? Stay with us as we look into the Godly world of angels and what the Bible says their role is in our lives.
We live in a world of battles and contradictions. We have political battles, philosophical battles and moral battles. We have battles between nations, peoples and religions. We battle disease, cold and hunger. We battle ourselves. And we battle against evil. We battle against the dark, treacherous and sin-filled paths of evil. And if that isn’t enough, that battle also takes place with powers that we can only imagine, both for good and evil. We will look at the powers of darkness – the powers of evil as expressed through the demons who inhabit our atmosphere.
Evil exists. The world in which we live accepts this fact and sometimes even seems to relish it. For the Christian, defining evil can easily be done within the context of Satan as the Bible says he is a murderer and the father of lies. However, the very existence of Satan has become a very real question for many – they say he is just a convenient way of having the necessary bad guy so the good guys can win. So, does Satan really exist or is “Satan” just a concept?
The devil is pretty popular these days. Think about it – his name and influence come up in all kinds of places – we have ʺdevil’s food cakesʺ – why? I LOVE chocolate, but I don’t like the name! You have heard the phrase “the devil is in the details.” Or what about, “I had a devil of a time?” Then of course there is “the devil made me do it!” Movies and television often glorify the devil and what he stands for – I mean, does the devil REALLY wear Prada? So, what does all of this mean? Should we be worried that the devil seems to have permeated our lives? Who is he anyway? How much of an effect does he have on our lives? Stay with us as we look into the origin, the description and the objectives of the devil. What should we know about the devil? Plenty!!