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A Second Great Delusion - Denying Satan's Existence!
The Psychology of Satan from a human perspective
As an Introduction, satan was once called lucifer, (when he was in the presence of God as one of God's heavenly beings). He rebelled against God and as a result cast down to earth. The reasons for all of this can be read in books and other writings on the topic, my concern in this hub is to present to you a scenario of how satan works in the world and to demonstrate that he does exist and is very real and active in this world TODAY!
Starting from the beginning as always, we start in Genesis when satan disguised as a serpent slithered his way into the Garden of Eden with the sole purpose of destroying mankind's relationship with God.
Adam and Eve walked with God, speaking with him daily and enjoying his life in a world of abundant living; in a place that was beautiful, peaceful, holy, where food was plentiful, animals were not eaten but part of the peaceful world to enjoy their surroundings.
The story of these two people is well known so I will not bore you with the details. I will get straight to the point and that is, the serpent succeeded to encourage Adam and Eve to rebel against God, he did this by using his psychological knowledge of human weakness to desire power and wisdom over above God. In other words, Adam and Eve were not satisfied with what they had- they wanted more! They were easily persuaded by satan's elusive tongue. He tricked them into a false security that everything would be fine if they ate the forbidden fruit, that God is too good to punish them - that is the usual deception he whispers in people's ears!
As I have mentioned before in other hubs, satan is a liar and a deceiver, he will twist the truth upside down and inside out, causing confusion to the listener who is willing to be drawn into his deception. He will say all the nice things you want to hear, all the things to pacify your conscience, he will do anything to attack your guilt to send the guilt and self analysing far away from you! So you feel a FALSE Peace!
He will convince you that you are guilt free and sin free and that what you do is good! He will dangle you on his string and pull at you when ever he wants and you being enslaved puppets, will respond obediently! He did this with Adam and with Eve, he spoke to them independently, dealing with each of their weaknesses, Eve with her discontent (often a women's problem) and Adam with his desire to please his woman (a male weakness). Each heard what they wanted to hear and each broke God's command as a result of satan's persuasive tongue. This led to the two people closest to God rebelling against him. Their punishment was, as we known, banishment from the Garden,
Important point here- in Genesis 3: 22 The Lord said " The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the Tree of Life and eat and live forever. So the Lord God banished Adam and his wife from the Garden of Eden.. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword TO GUARD THE WAY TO THE TREE OF LIFE. " This has a powerful message for all of us. It tells us that through Adam we have acquired the understanding of good and evil- we know deep inside us that these two forces exist" Yet Many people will reject either God's existence or satan's existence or both!
Another important point from the above passage, it tells us that we now have to find our way back to God to reach the other tree - the Tree of Life- this speaks of Eternal Life which comes through Yeshua. He is the only way to reach that tree and eat its fruit! And it is only through Yeshua that a person can have his/her name written in the book of life.
Later in the story of Genesis Adam's son Cain is also cast out of the land (not the Garden of Eden but the land that Adam dwelt which was separate to the pagan lands.) into the hands of the Canaanites because of his rebellion against God by disobeying and breaking the commandment of murder. When Cain was born he had the seed of rebellion in him which increased through the Jealousy towards his righteous brother Abel. Here we see a perfect example of Good and evil within the family of Adam and Eve. All this stemmed from that first rebellion which was instigated by satan's tongue and persuasiveness. He used his knowledge and psychology to win over the mind of two righteous people (Adam and Eve) and managed to turn their world upside down, which led to the generations following into the same path!
God cursed mankind because of this rebellion, he also cursed satan!
Two things to note:
1) Rebellion against God leads to separation from God.
2) Anything that becomes unholy (through sin i.e. rebellion) becomes separated from God and removed from God's presence.
Now here is the psychology of satan from a human perspective. Humans born into this world are under the curse, satan the cursed rules this earth as it is all cursed. Not a nice picture but read on as it will explain why things are as they are in this world!
Satan as the controller of this world is able to control anything that is cursed -as this is his domain! We know this to be true when he tried to tempt Yeshua.
Matthew 4: 8, " Again, the devil (another name for satan) took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you, " he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."
Satan is obviously master of this world and desires everyone, including the son of God, to bow down to him. That is how much pride he has- there is a psychological name for this behaviour -NARCISSISM with GRANDIOSITY. To read more on this subject, I suggest you get the book on NARCISSISM by Alexander Lowen. He says on page 54 last paragraph, " The tendency to lie without compunction, is typical of narcissists. It also says there is no guilt, and no sense of difference between right or wrong on a feeling level." ALEXANDER LOWEN (1997). Alexander also writes that a Narcissistic personality can become a prince charming- he would charm people and once he caught that person's interest he would take off the guise. This portrays satan's tactics exactly!
Now picture this in your mind to help you fully understand what is going on in the world. Why are so many people anti God? Why are so many atheists, humanists and evolutionists so determined to discredit God and denounce his existence? Why do so many people have such a hatred for anything to do with God, goodness and righteous people? Why are so many ordinary good, morally upstanding folk rejecting the Gospel as nonsense and disbelieving the potential for everlasting life! Why have so many convinced themselves that there is no life after death and when they die that is it! How is it that they so easily give in to such ideas at the expense of their own life, their family members lives going to hell for ever! How come they so readily accept this fate without question? Parents will nurture their children throughout life yet when it comes to their child's final goal -after life- they fail to be concerned. They do not consider that if they themselves have made a mistake, if there really is a hell do they want their children to go to it? To suffer? As a parent I would much rather follow a path that I think may exist and therefore point my children to the means of receiving eternal life rather than to follow satan on the wide path to damnation! It defies all logic when you think of how people reject God and his free gift of eternal life-through His son Yeshua (Christ)!
So why do they do it?
The simple answer is they have satan constantly whispering in their ears saying :-
1, You won't go to hell God is too loving to allow that.
2. God loves you regardless of what you do
3. There is no such place as hellfire or hell these are just humanly created ideas to frighten you.
4. You are such a good person that nothing terrible could happen to you
5. Ignore the Bible it is false, made up of stories by men
6. There is no such thing as evil, or demons, or ghosts or the devil or satan, these are made up stories.
7. The Jews made up these stories, they created hell and satan
8. God will not condemn you because you are a kind person , always doing good deeds.
SOON WHEN SATAN REVEALS HIMSELF THROUGH THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS HE WILL THEN SAY :-
1. Listen! I am much greater than God, follow me and I will give you the peace you long for.
2. Renounce God and swear allegiance to me and I will spare your life
3. Reject the one who died on the cross and fall on your knees before me and worship me -or die!
THIS IS A WAKE UP CALL! Recognise the deception taking place in this world and reject evil, search out goodness through Yeshua and your creator God. Reject the lawlessness of this world, the injustice, the wickedness -turn from it and cry out to God to save you from these! Choose THE WAY OF TRUTH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS!
The reason the people have turned their backs on God is not only because satan whispers in their ears, but he also puts deception into their minds, so that we doubt the good. The biggest deception is the way the majority of the population have been convinced that satan does not exist and therefore hell does not exist. Many people (ex- satanists, psychics, mystics etc) can confirm his existence and worship him openly.
Many other innocent people born into families where a member of that family i.e. a distant cousin or aunt, is involved in psychic practices, may then have visitations. This was my experience as a child. I had night visits, I felt the presence of people sitting on my bed during the night. One night I had a terrifying experience when a foul putrid smell entered my room, so foul it made me feel physically sick. I knew there was some sort of presence there, I hid under the bedclothes too terrified to look. I knew as a young child I was experiencing something really terrible and abnormal although I was too young to know why or what it was! I started to pray to GOD for help and instantly the smell and the presence left the room. As a young child I could not understand or make sense of that event until I was much older and when I was of an age to appreciate the difference between good and evil, I now know that the presence was pure evil and what I smelt that night was the smell of death and evil! That experience has never left my mind and I suppose it helped me to learn that there was a difference between good and evil.
God is a God of order and all good things!
Whereas satan is the opposite and is a god of chaos, wickedness and unpleasant things!
Why did satan visit me that night? It became evident why as I knew from an early age that God loved me and had a special role for me to play in my life-that is to warn people of satan's pychological prowess-his skill and cunning and his ability to turn the world up side down and his ability to turn people away from goodness and God which has led to the GREAT APOSTASY that exists in the world!
People have played right into his hands by providing him with weaknesses to work on. People's greed and their desire for wealth, material things, power and status. People's desire for pleasure which must be continuous and entails sexual promiscuity, immorality of all kinds, drink and drugs - all these things are desired to help the person to forget their problems, to psychologically pacify them so that they do not think too much or see too much or hear too much of what is going on in the world! Instead of facing the evils of this world and challenging them, people choose to bury their heads in the sand or hide behind these pleasures and entertainments, anything that makes them feel good, while many are dying spiritual and physical deaths! We ignore the starving millions as we eat our four course meals in a classy restaurant! We ignore the poor, the sick and the widows as we go about a daily tasks in our fancy expensive cars. We draw up onto our paved drive ways leading to our detached four bedroom homes, without realising that one day we shall be accountable for the way we ignore those who are less fortunate than ourselves.
satan has managed to make this world a selfish one, full of war, famine, hatred, prejudice, greed, pride, corruption, All those things that are opposite to God's commandments of love.
God says: Love Him with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength and to worship only Him and no other! He also says to love your neighbour as you do yourself. This second commandment incorporates many other commands such as do not be envious of your neighbour, do not covert your neighbours spouse (i.e. lust after another person's husband or wife), do not attack or harm your neighbour, do not rob or cheat your neighbour, do not lie or falsly accuse your neighbour. HOW MANY OF YOU READERS HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO PEOPLE TELLING LIES ABOUT YOU OR ACCUSING YOU OF SOMETHING YOU DID NOT DO? HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE LOST A SPOUSE BECAUSE THEY ENTERED INTO AN EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR?
Do not misunderstand what is being said in this hub, satan exists and he is manipulating you and everyone else, at some time or other, in order to fulfill his plans, which is to take full charge of this world - that is why he said to Yeshua (Christ) when he took him to the highest mountain overlooking the nations of the world and said to Yeshua "I will give you all of this if you bow down to me". Satan knew Yeshua was the true king of the world and satan's goal is to claim it for himself! To deny satan's existence in the world is to deny evil is in the world. To deny satan exists is to deny God's word when he says that in the end times Yeshua will fight against satan and his evil army and conquer him! To deny God's word and satan's existence is to deny that the previous historical events prophesied by God did not happen i.e. When God prophesied through his prophets that Babylon would capture Jerusalem, that Herod would try to kill Yeshua when he was a baby and many more.
satan is not completely to blame however, many people have chosen to reject God of their own accord and need no coexing from satan, many people have chosen evil! Not all are deceived, many are deceivers-willingly! These people also have an input to the up turn of events in the world! But many people are and have been deceived, mislead, mistaught and misguided by others who are the army of satan!
satan may be psychologically clever and very manipulative, he may have a great army and it may seem that he is more powerful than Yeshua and greater than God because he has rule over the majority of minds! However, this is also a deception!!!
God has allowed this delusion to take place to allow people like you to come to understand the difference between good and evil. How can you appreciate the goodness of God unless you understand the badness of satan- how can you therefore understand fully the difference between good and evil and more importantly how can you know which is the best to chose unless you understand the differences? In the garden of Eden God said that Adam and Eve "now has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live for ever."
God was saying in the verse above that mankind is now in a position to understand about good and evil but not AT THAT TIME in the garden of Eden was Adam and Eve allowed to claim eternal life! They were to go out into the world and experience good and evil for themselves. Their first encounter was between their own two sons, Cain and Abel, Cain was jealous, rebellious and had murder in his heart, whereas Abel was righteous and worshipped God. Cain murdered his brother out of jealousy of Abel's loving righteous heart for God!
It is mankind's destiny to learn about the DIFFERENCES between good and evil and to make a choice! God has allowed mankind to experience all these things before a certain time- the world has been allocated a time period for mankind to experience and acknowledge and choose righteousness instead of wickedness, to choose to follow and obey God and to oppose, reject satan.
It all makes logical sense when you look at the world objectively! The purpose of mankind (You and me) is to turn back to God, through Yeshua, so that we can then qualify to reach out and touch the tree of life and claim an inheritance allocated to those who choose TRUTH and righteousness over evil! Those who truly know the difference who understand that Yeshua is Salvation, he is the way to eternal life, and this is the TRUE reality! Whereas satan is the lie!
Yeshua offers you eternal life! satan offers you eternal damnation! See the difference and ask yourself which is good and which is evil and which do you think is best for you and your children!