“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

5.2 Satan (the devil) is Just a Myth

Now many claim that “Satan” is just an idea, a concept, and that he is not real. While it is true that the Bible does not tell us where Satan came from, or what he is even, it is clear that he is a very real being! And it tells us that he currently has power over this fallen world! Here’s an analogy to help you understand this: we don’t have to know where the Law of Gravity came from, or even need to understand it completely and fully, to know that it is very real indeed, and there are dire consequences for ignoring it!

It is interesting to note that in the documented exchange between Satan and Eve given below in the Genesis 3:1-19 verses, Satan deliberately misquotes Scripture with the intent to deceive, and spiritually/eternally kill all of the human race which was being born, and Eve also doesn’t know Scripture herself well enough, as she misquotes it back to Satan also! This is why we are admonished strongly to know the Word of God!

So yes, Satan exists, he rules this world because of man’s disobedience of God. He means to destroy you – to eternally kill you; He does this by obfuscating the truth of Scripture, by telling lies, half-truths, and distorting (mis-quoting) Scripture. He is the father of lies.

This false teaching tries to dismiss the fact that the Bible declares there is a spiritual person called Satan, who is the devil. Satan (or diabolos) means deceiver. The Bible doesn’t say exactly when Satan was created, but it says He is a created being, for he is an angel. He is not omniscient, omnipresent, nor all powerful. He opposes everything good, and everything of God. His main weapon today is deceit. The workings of all the topics in this chapter in fact are of his leadership, to deceive people out of believing in God, in the Bible, in Christ, and then even after they are born-again, to try to cause them to stumble, fall away from the faith, backslide, go apostate or be lured out of the straight and narrow path to life, back into bondage to sin, and eternal death. Do not make the mistake of underestimating Satan, nor make the mistake of pretending he doesn’t exist. Both mistakes can lead you to eternal death.

The popular rendition of him as a cartoon character with horns in red tights and a pitch fork is woefully off the mark and designed again to deceive you into dismissing and underestimating that he is real, and he means your eternal death. The forces of evil are in a battle with the forces of God and good and this world is the battle ground. We are in a spiritual war, with Satan and the angels which sinned on one side, and God and His holy angels on the other side. As a Christian, you are on the front lines of this spiritual war.

Do not make the mistake of taking him or his reality, power and influence on your eternal destiny lightly. From the Beyond the Tomb book, here is some more information on the subject:

Sometime, not clearly revealed to us, some “angels sinned,” “kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation,” and are reserved in “chains of darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6). It is generally believed that Satan and his hosts of demons are the ones referred to. Satan is called the “prince of devils” (Matt. 9:34), “prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2), “ruler of the darkness of this world” (Eph. 6:12), and the “power of darkness” (Col 1:13; Eph. 6:12). He then has a kingdom, has a dominion, and reigns. From Matt. 25:41 we infer that hell was “prepared for the devil and his angels.” Then demons are angels, and of course must be fallen angels [also called unclean spirits]. Knowing their final doom, James tells us they “believe and tremble” (James 2:19) This is evident from what the demons said to Jesus: “And, behold, they cried out, saying, 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). So there are good, holy angels in heaven, and there are evil, fallen angels in hell. The good are “ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation.” (Hebrews 1:14) The evil ones are under the direction and rulership of Satan and are sent forth to destroy the souls of men.

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