In today’s world, it is easy to get caught up in arguments from an entirely logical perspective and abandon looking at things from the perspective of faith. Whenever I talk to people, they ask me all kinds of questions about my faith and want answers that can be explained logically, in a way that people without faith can understand.
One good example of this is the question, “How can we trust that the Bible is divinely inspired and, if it is, how do you know that it was preserved perfectly all this time?”
The answer should be as simple as the Bible says; It is the Word of God, and throughout the Bible God promises that He will preserve His word forever.
The Bible can defend itself; people have been trying for centuries to debunk it and have failed miserably. Unfortunately that is not the answer most Christians give. Instead, many of us go on a long argument about the historical evidence and all the many manuscripts we have and put our faith in that instead of just trusting the word of God. We do this because that is what all the wise Theologians do, and we don’t want to seem like fools just blindly believing. As long as Theologians are doing it, it must be absolutely correct! They would never stray from biblical truth, right?
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
The reality is that wise men are still just men and are just as liable to mess up as anyone else is. Just look at Solomon and how he was led astray! We elevate people with titles and just take their word for things without ever questioning them, without ever questioning what God thinks of their wisdom. We should not forget that in the time of Christ it was not the common people that did not believe in him, it was the Pharisees, the people that should have known everything there is to know about the Scriptures and should have known they were looking at the Son of Man. They didn’t though, they were the ones that eventually executed him because they absolutely refused to believe, despite the signs and miracles that he did or how many times he put them in their place when they tried to outsmart him. They were proud. It is a foolish thing indeed to try and outsmart God himself, it isn’t even possible, and yet, when we talk to each other and nonbelievers we don’t rely on God’s wisdom, we rely on the wisdom of men. I have heard plenty of people at first attempt to rely on just God, but they cave quickly or they are just putting on an act to seem more pious. Unfortunately the latter is far more common.
So today I wanted to talk about a huge misconception that, as far as I can tell, almost everyone seems to think.
The misconception is that Satan is the opposite of God, and therefore His equal. I constantly hear people treating the two as if they are equal in power and competing with each other for our souls. The reality is very different. Satan doesn't even begin to compare to God, he is simply allowed to exist in the same way that we are despite our sins, so that God might save as many of us as possible. Satan gets away with a lot but ultimately is just an annoyance that has already been handled and is just causing as much damage as possible before he goes down for good.
Now as I said, Satan is no equal to God, but to give that some more detail we need to remember that Satan is just a cherubim, one of God's creations. We have all seen or heard things that put Satan in a place of power, as if he actually stands a chance against God. He isn't though, he is just a rebellious annoyance that thinks he should not only be equal to God, but higher than God, and so he spreads that lie all over the place. In reality, he will be thrown down and punished for his sins, he has been allowed to get away with a lot because he is stronger than us, but he is nothing to God.
Another thing that needs to be understood is that Satan has no control at all over Hell. He is always depicted as if he runs the place down there, but the day he sets foot in that place is the end for him. Something that people need to understand is that Satan is here on Earth with us, not sitting below us and visiting us to take our souls. He is here along with his fellow idiots, trying to make sure as many of us go down with him as possible, but we must always remember he has no power over Hell. Satan and Hell are going to be thrown into the lake of fire together, after he is thrown into a pit for 1,000 years.
Satan, as I mentioned, is more powerful than us and directly impacts most things that happen in the world. Unsurprisingly, everything he touches goes horribly wrong but he usually does things by getting us to do it. He constantly convinces us through the world that sin is better for us in some way shape or form, and we, being the idiots we are, actually believe him. He has been doing it since the beginning. Adam and Eve were the first people he convinced to do something stupid when he deceived Eve with his lies and Adam foolishly followed, instead of stepping up to lead and protect his wife.
That really is his only true power; Convincing us to sin with his lies. He infects everything and unfortunately, in many ways, his plans work because we naturally want to deny God. Humans are just generally evil in nature. Despite all of this though, we must always remember that Satan is simply allowed to do things.
In summary, Satan (or one of his many followers) might lie to you and convince you to do a lot of stupid things, but he isn't really powerful and it's always your choice. He doesn't even begin to compare to God, he has no real control over anything aside from what God has allowed for him. We already know how the story ends and it does not go even slightly well for Satan. He is just a petty and arrogant cherub that wants to take as many of us down with him as possible, because he knows he has no chance. By no means does this mean that we should underestimate Satan, but with God on our side, there is just nothing to worry about and never will be.
On a side note, I feel the need to mention that Satan is not some red half goat thing with horns and a pitchfork, he would look like an angel. Please, to everyone who has, stop portraying him as that thing.
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