- Religion and Philosophy
Did Satan Make Me Do It?
Before the Genesis creation, there is heaven of heavens and God’s heavenly creation. "Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee." Nehemiah 9:6 As you read the Bible, you get a picture of Lucifer and what happened to him.
Lucifer, A Shining Light
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." Isaiah 14:12-14
The definition of Lucifer is shining light. He was a reflector of light in heaven, and the only light in heaven was from God. "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." Revelation 21:23 Lucifer was to be a reflection of God to the other heavenly creatures.
"Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee." Ezekiel 28:17
But Lucifer started to love his own light and had a desire for his own will, rather than for God’s. His own desires superseded God’s love. So rather than allow Lucifer to continue his selfishness and ruin heaven for all creatures, Lucifer was exiled out of heaven.
"And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." Luke 10:18 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." Revelation 12:9
Why was Lucifer not killed right away? It would have solved so many problems. There would be no evil…or would it? Would other creatures still love God, when they’re afraid of God’s power? Would they still believe Him and trust Him, when they are afraid they will also be killed like Lucifer? There can be no love in fear. God let Lucifer to continue to live and reveal his true nature to the other cherubs, and eventually the world. God was love and He only showed love, but Lucifer slowly showed the consequences of sin and what sin does to the universe.
God does not want any of us to suffer. He has only good thoughts for us, but sin has a rippling effect. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11 A person’s selfishness affects everyone around the sinner, and even generations after.
What if God had erased everyone’s memory and pretended there had been no Lucifer? Can a parent forget a child? "Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD." Jeremiah 31:20 Even if no one remembered Lucifer, God would mourn Lucifer’s death, as well as anyone else in the end time. [read about the consequence of sin] If not Lucifer, would another being eventually, love its own desire rather than God? When Lucifer was exiled from heaven, he did not go alone. There were other heavenly creatures that loved their own desires, more than God.
"Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." Ezekial 28:13-15
God created Lucifer perfect. Earth’s creation including Adam and Eve were “very good.” Yet they are living, thinking beings. They have a consciousness and are allowed to make choices. When a child is born, no one teaches the child to lie. No one teaches a child to be selfish. It’s just an imperfection that the child develops, so that the parents have to teach the child not to be selfish or mean.
Satan the Accuser
"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night." Revelation 12:10 "And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." Job 1:7
When Lucifer had no light to shine, he became Satan, an adversary against God and an accuser of all our wrongdoings. He’s on Earth wreaking havoc. Satan can not read our minds. He does not know our hearts’ desires, but he can observe us. He can incite and tempt us to do wrongdoings. But it is ultimately our own decisions when we sin. We want whatever entices our sinful desires. "If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him." Genesis 4:7
Sin is outside our heart’s door waiting for us to love our selfish desire more than God. It is our choice whether to open the door to sin or to the Holy Spirit. "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20
"And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat." Genesis 3:13
Satan does not force us to do anything. It is our own desires, especially our selfishness that makes us do whatever pleases us. Eve walked to the tree, the serpent did not call her to it. Her own curiosity led her to her temptation, then her doubts about God’s warning and words, gave her the impetus to listen to the serpent—she believed the serpent over God.
We have no one to blame except ourselves. Non-Christians may be ignorant, and some of us may be ignorant about circumstances but if we know what is right, but does not do it—it is our decision. "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:17 "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:" Luke 22:31 We can open our heart to God or to Satan. There is no middle ground. "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Revelation 3:16
Admit to Your Sins
Only when you confess your sins, admit that you are the ones who committed that sin, can you truly see the awfulness of your sin killing Jesus. Your sins caused Jesus to die on your behalf.
Adam was quick to blame Eve. Eve was quick to blame the serpent, and indirectly the creator of the serpent: God. God did not create evil, to show us good. God did not create Lucifer so Lucifer could cause havoc, and make us turn to God for help. Lucifer, Adam and Eve all made choices to please themselves.
We must take responsibility for our own actions and our selfish desires. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 3:9
Paul confessed to his sins in persecuting the early Christians. "Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities." Acts 26:10, 11 He didn’t hide his sins from the world, but confessed to HIS own doings against God.
"And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner." Luke 18:13 Jesus tells us that the publican was forgiven. Not only because he confessed his sins, but also because he opened his heart to God.
"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me." Acts 26:18 "I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reasonof things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:" Ecclesiastes 7:25"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18
God pleads us to soften our hearts toward Him. He desires us to question him and seek answers.Not open our hearts to iniquity or Satan. Only then can we understand Him and eventually love Him. "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29
Behold the lamb. Learn of him and overcome evil. Admit to your sins, confess them and receive God’s forgiveness.