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Is the Devil Real?

Updated on November 17, 2012
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“I don’t believe in the devil” was John’s response to me in a biblical discussion we were having. “I can’t see him”, he said, “and I don’t believe what I can’t see.” Regardless, just because we cannot see the devil does not mean he does not exist. We cannot see the wind, but it exists. This we know because we can see its affects: how it moves the clouds and blows branches and leaves around. The same is true with the devil.

We can see the affects of the devil's existence: sin. First John 3:8 (KJV) states, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinnith from the beginning. ….” Sinning is breaking God’s Law of Ten Commandments (Romans 7:7; Exodus 20:1-17). One of the commandments tells us not to steal. Some people cannot help but to steal. We call them kleptomaniacs. Another commandment tells us not to kill. Many people are killing themselves by smoking cigarettes. Moreover, they cannot stop smoking, no matter how hard they try. Many others are taken over by various other vices as well.

People who smoke, steal and are controlled by other vices know that what they are doing is wrong; and many of them have a desire to escape from their vices, but they are powerless to do so. Therefore, we see that in their struggle there is a power controlling them that is not their own. A power compelling them to do that which is wrong. This is the power of the devil. For me, this is one of the strongest evidences that the devil does, indeed, exist.

However, there is an escape from the power of the devil. It is the power of Jesus Christ. John 1:12 states, “But as many as received [Jesus], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”. Jesus is more powerful than the devil; and when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, He gives that power to you to live according to His Word. This is why the devil works so hard to keep people ignorant as to his existence.

of those unable to overcome their evil vices. Jesus Christ empowers us to overcome those vices after we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. This frees us from the power of the devil and delivers from following his path of destruction.

You see, when people become privy to the existence of the devil, logic leads them to acknowledge the existence of God. Once they gain an awareness of God, there is a much better chance of them learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ and His life-changing power. The devil does not want this because he looses his hold on his victims. He knows that his fate is sealed for destruction, and so he is working with intensity to bring others to ruin with him.

The existence of the devil is evident by his power in the lives of those unable to overcome their evil vices. Jesus Christ empowers us to overcome those vices after we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. This frees us from the power of the devil and delivers from following his path of destruction.

Interview With Satan

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      Greg Sereda 4 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      James A Watkins - Thank you for commenting, brother. Your feedback and insight is always highly appreciated. God bless you, brother.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this most excellent and needful Hub. I agree with you wholeheartedly in your assessment. The Devil's greatest weapon IS convincing people he is not there. One would think that the existence of evil is plain enough for all to see. But the influence of Eastern Religions, which teach that evil and good are two sides of the same thing, and therefore for, more or less THE same thing, have infiltrated New Age Religions in the West, some of whose adherents claim to be quasi-Christians.

      James

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      Greg Sereda 5 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      @leni: how do I do that?

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      leni 5 years ago

      i would be very thankful if you'd like to recommend me other discussions :)

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      Greg Sereda 5 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      @leni: I completely agree.

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      leni 5 years ago

      :) good answer. Such statement of John can also be used to deny the existance of God. But when we see His creations, and we feel it, we will believe there is a power above all, that's God.

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      Greg Sereda 5 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      @Reginald Boswell: Thank you. By the way, do know how to disable goodle ads for specific hubs?

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      Reginald Boswell 5 years ago from Alabama

      Good response to a friend who will get it sooner or later.