Satan, illustration by Gustave Doré from John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
You can never tell the sinner from the Christian. They drink the same drinks and smoke the same cigars.
Aimee Semple McPherson
Have you ever thought about what it might be like meeting Satan? Well, you probably already have and just didn’t know it. He’s very deceptive after all. He changes from moment to moment, sometimes wearing the mask of the face of those we know intimately well. But who is he exactly? Well in both Christianity as well as Judaism, he is portrayed as God’s opposite and adversary. In fact, his very name is the translation into English of the Hebrew word for adversary! And like a virus roams the earth and seeks a compatible host with which to attach itself and infect and make ill, so does Satan roam and search for those who are weak enough of spirit to allow him entrance and then to allow him to infect their very soul. Satan seeks to be a divisive force who cares not for the peace and harmony we all crave in our lives. Instead, he seeks at all turns to test God’s authority over the human race. In fact it was this very thing that caused his rebellion against God. Satan was created by God as a cherub, who, between the time of his creation and that of the first human being, believed himself an equal of the Almighty, and took his share of the angels with him in his insurrection. He was forever cast out of Heaven. We learn in Revelations that when Christ returns to reign again on Earth, Satan will be chained for a thousand years and then will be defeated for all time. And while there is continued debate as to his existence, just as faith makes God known to the heart of man, so does faith cement within us the existence of Satan, as well.
Jesus Christ & Satan
Compare the two and then decide which side you want to follow!
What is their purpose for existence?
Jesus: Lead people to Salvation
Satan: Lead people to Iniquity
What method will be used?
Jesus: Telling people only Truth
Satan: Telling people only Lies
What is their motivation?
Jesus: Create a world that knows Love
Satan: Create a world that knows Hate
What will those who follow experience?
Jesus: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control
Satan: Hatred, Sorrow, Disharmony, Intolerance, Cruelty, Indecency, Treachery, Imperviousness, Rashness
What will following lead to?
Jesus: Life everlasting
Satan: Everlasting enslavement
This post was inspired by a You Tube video.
The video was created as a teaching tool for LifeChurch.tv’s “One Prayer” message series.
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