ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

That Old Serpent, the Devil, the Great Imitator

Updated on October 31, 2018
Rodric29 profile image

Sometimes writers distance themselves from religious subjects. Religion is still taboo to speak about. Read about it instead.

O My Captain

From Star Trek: The Next Generation is the character Wesley Crusher, a civilian resident and son of the ship's doctor Beverly. Wesley is a boy genius with all the answers. In one episode, the crew is under the influence of a substance called polywater that causes them to behave as if they are inebriated. Wesley, while under the influence of this agent uses his technical skills to impersonate the voice of Captain Jean Luc Picard and take control of the ship barricading himself in Engineering as acting captain. The polywater revealed his inner desire to be the Captain of the Enterprise. Wesley understood he was not the captain, but his actions put him in a position to force Captain Picard to use him. Wesley felt that he was ready to serve as an officer on the ship.


Wesley was no officer and did not complete the training to qualify him for the duties of an officer. By the end of the episode before a sizeable stellar core fragment that looked like a meteor collided with the ship, Wesley learned his lesson. He provided the solution to that imminent threat to save the day and discovered that one person controlling everything without experience to coordinate with others is bad.

Lucifer, like Wesley, wanted to captain the starship heaven without the necessary experience needed. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, yes. Lucifer wanted to usurp God while in heaven, however. For his efforts, Lucifer inspired a rebellion and led those that followed him down to the Earth to deceive the nations. He did not get an episode to learn that without the experience of God he could not be like God. He didn't even try to learn. In this article Satan's imitation of God to feed his need to be worshipped receives some attention.

Lucifer Knows Best, Not!

Satan has fallen to the point that his very existence is akin to catfish that feeds at the bottom of the lake to sustain itself. Satan feeds off the worst of humanity--the worst behaviors and appetites relishing in the evil actions of wicked and the righteous who fall prey to their baser desires.

Every opportunity that Satan has to convince a righteous person to submit to a base desire and not repent, it is a spiritual slap in the face to God because it accomplishes two things:

  1. A soul is distanced from God
  2. The Atonement of Christ is rejected

Granted, following this behavioral pattern is not indicative of imitating deity, but it is the behavior that led to Satan's expulsion from the presence of God. Satan gets his glory by the destruction of souls sticking it to God for winning any souls away. If he cannot get direct worship, he will inspire people to worship anything other than God such as college degrees, cars, jobs, honors, and such. Persistently, Satan is trying to win souls by any means possible.

Wesley could have been the agent of destruction for all the crewmembers of the Enterprise if he had not relinquished command of the ship to Captain Picard. He wanted to be like the Captain, unlike Lucifer the agent of destruction because he actively tries to replace God as the captain of the lives of every person wanting control whether destruction comes or not.

A soul is precious to God because he created all people in His image, even Satan! God informed us that some of us would not return to Him because of the choices we would make in life. It was part of His plan to help us become like Him. Heavenly Father's plan did not sit well with Lucifer. If a soul is so precious, why risk letting them fail to return to heaven in glory, he reasoned.

Lucifer thought his knowledge of what God wanted was better than the plan God revealed. God is the best Captain for the lives of people because worship of Him is for edification and communication of human souls. Satan wants adulation at the cost of the soul.

Satan is an imitator.

Wesley wanted to be like Captain Picard. Lucifer wanted to be God. He did not want to be like God, but to replace God! To emphasize a little of his history, Lucifer rebelled against God the Father and Jesus Christ because of the Plan of Salvation following the creation of the Earth. All of us lived with God in heaven as angels before we were born on Earth. We all heard and accepted God's plan except a third of us. The Arc Angel Michael led us to a war of the Word of God against Lucifer and his supporters, the dragon and his angels described in the Book of Revelations.

Lucifer's contention was he did not approve of any of us failing to return to our celestial home with God. He had a point. He proposed a plan to save us all. It was misguided. The only catch to the plan was something that could not occur. He wanted God's glory.

Oblivious to Lucifer, he fits perfectly into the plan by becoming the poster child for opposition. God wants to give us all knowledge and power through Christ. Satan did not get that the only way to get Gods glory is to experience life and decide to follow God's plan of salvation. All Satan saw was the glory and power of God, but did not notice the love and charity God gives to share in that heavenly glory if we accept Jesus Christ by following His commandments.


Choice Perpetuates Evil and Righteousness

Evil is as eternal as God is eternal and exists with or without a devil to tempt people. With choice comes the ability to choose to be evil. Lucifer, one of the children of Heavenly Father, which makes him also our brother, decided to follow pride and selfishness—making him kingpin of such behavior and an enemy to all that is good.

Satan planned to become God and revoke choice from the children of God. Since that is not possible, he deceived himself from the very beginning thinking that he could ever save anyone as a god. God is the Savior because He provides the choice to follow Him and obtain power the right way, through the covenant with Christ's grace and obedience to His word.

God and all of humanity represent all that is good. At one point, every human born chose to follow God in heaven, which is the only reason a person can be born. Lucifer became the enemy to his Father and all humanity when he rebelled losing the ability to experience mortal life through birth, which is why Satan and his fallen followers seek to possess the bodies of the living.

Whether we remain virtuous or follow our fallen brothers and sisters steered by Satan is truly and only our individual choices. The fact that thousands of religions exist today is an indication that God supports our ability to choose what and how we worship. He puts Himself as one of the options to choose from with the promise of eternal life if we chose Him.

Life is not the fictional starship Enterprise, and we are not fictional characters; so, our choices have real eternal consequences. Do not be deceived as was Lucifer and chose wisely.

© 2018 Rodric Anthony Johnson


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Eric, thanks for reading and commenting. The very act of being able to choose is what life is all about. I do not believe that God would have let life happen if humans did not have a choice to choose our own paths and beliefs. That is the most precious gift we can give to God, to choose to follow Him. Forcing religion on people against their wills is satanic. We should always have the option to chose. That is why I support religious freedom of all religions, even Devil worshipers. As long as no laws are broken, I support all people's right to believe or not believe anything.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting. The school of thought that I follow is not "Choice Perpetuates Evil and Righteousness". God does not "make" me love. It is only through my free will that love abounds.

      Personally? I just never gave choosing Jesus as a choice. But on the day in and day out and how I love those who revile it is a choice and a wrong choice does not condemn me.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)