That Old Serpent the Devil - Lucifer
Many people out there consider religion a collection of the best fiction-promoting institutions because it, religion, enslaves its acolytes such that it usurps any social progress that could occur otherwise. That may be true. Believing as I am, I am no intellectual promoting apologetic reasoning for faith and religion.
Look at the comments following the religious articles on the web. One group calling another group apostate because of one reason or another is another way to divide humanity against the very tenets of many faiths! Jesus commands us to be of one faith. When all the Christians can follow that one, God can mobilize His force to take the Gospel to the other part of humanity who do not have it yet.
Unequivocally, I profess that God lives. In admitting my witness, I do not deny science or reason. Science supports my faith. God is the Great Scientist and Philosopher. We are created in His image and are His children, which is why we have the capacity to create. We inherit it from Him. I speak to Him often. He speaks to me more than I do to Him! If that labels me insane, then I must be certified.
Of course, I do not think that Lucifer actually looks like a human Symbiote (Spiderman reference, Ha!) with bat wings. However, understanding this reference to the Symbiote helps divulge Lucifer's personality, something we must understand in order to avoid him. The Symbiotes envelop a host--completely surrounding the flesh of the body from head to toe. The host-person and the creature create a bond where the creature strengthens the host and influences his or her mind until it completely takes over. The strength is a ruse. It is no substitute for stealing the host’s consciousness and body.
Though Lucifer is no thing, he has the same intentions as that Symbiote. He seizes the person he wants to claim and whispers suggestions in his or her ear with the intention of destroying his or her chances to become like God. I say seize, which seems so violent, but I should say approaches with invitation. I wanted to use the word seize because the result of an encounter with him always ends negatively for both!
In his encounter with Adam and Eve, Lucifer was very effective in gaining the audience of Mother Eve. He had lost the war in heaven, well, the first battle; and he sought… he went seeking ways to take advantage of his new situation. If I can say one thing about this being, Satan, he is nothing if not persistent.
Not This Lucifer
Even before the world began, a great war in heaven commenced between the forces of good and evil. That war rages today ever more fiercely. Satan is still the captain of the hosts of evil. He is still tempting us just as he did Moses, saying, “Son of man, worship me.” 1
As Satan, as we refer to him sometimes, found himself cast down on the earth with his followers with no way to progress further as spirits having rebelled against the Father of Heaven and trying to justify the rebellion in a war.
With no chance of winning, and no future worth discussing, Satan modified the war by using the veil of forgetting to win acolytes of Adam and Eve and entice them away from eternal happiness. Each person born has a veil placed upon his or her minds. I know it sounds strange, but God blessed all humanity with forgetting their lives in heaven with Him so that we can make choices based on our personality and experiences rather than a memory of being in glory.
The All-Knowing Lucifer?
Satan remembers the discussions Heavenly Father presided over as Jesus Christ (Jehovah) revealed the details of the Plan of Salvation vividly to us. He did not forget. In other articles, I mention that we lived in heaven before we were born on earth--all of us. Lucifer, like all of us, lived in the presence of God as His child before he rebelled. God cast Lucifer and his followers down to Earth without the opportunity to be born as a punishment for rebellion.
Satan knows about The Plan of Salvation.
God provided Adam and Eve as a means for all of His children in heaven to receive physical bodies through natural birth.
He knew there would be a veil on the minds of humanity to forget heaven. Lucifer knew that Adam and Eve would fall, bringing in death to humanity, though at the time Jehovah explained The Plan, Satan did not estimate to be an actor in that drama.
The dark one remembered they would learn about Jesus Christ's atonement, which would nullify the effects of death and provide an opportunity for humanity to have physical bodies again following mortal death through Jesus's resurrection.
Satan knew that the atonement would give humanity choice without consequences of disobedience if they repented. He knew if humanity gave over to unrepentant disobedience suffering would be the reward of the wicked. However, even those people suffering would only give him temporary satisfaction until the resurrection.
How did he know those things? Again, Jehovah revealed the entire Plan of Salvation to all of us before anyone was born or cast out of heaven.
Satan determined to stop the plan in its tracks after the Lord cast him and his angels to the Earth! He would persuade the first man and woman to betray God! THERE! There he would find his weapon of retaliation against his Father in Heaven.
He knew they could choose to follow The Plan or not follow it. He remembers everything! He did not forget the teaching of The Plan to us in heaven, but humanity did forget.
Remembering the histories of the nations of the world as they really occurred and not the piecemeal recorded in the books of history gives Satan a weapon of deceit like no other. He also remembers our personal histories as they are. Many of us have hidden things even from ourselves that Satan can recall and use against us along with his minions who for some reason continue to service his pugnacity.
No, Satan is not an all-knowing being. He just did not forget what we all learned in heaven together.
Satan is so good at his job of deceiving the world because he and his minions do not forget. They have no purpose but to count down the time until Jesus comes again and bind them for one thousand years. In the interim, they intend to deceive as many of us who will allow it before that time.
What are we supposed to do? Be aware. Christians and Muslims have no excuse for being deceived since we are aware that the devil is working against our happiness. We may differ on how big his role is in our lives, but we are assured by Christ and the Koran that the devil is real. It is our purpose to then warn the rest of humanity.
The sad thing about warning the world about the invisible devil who wants to swallow the souls of humans in misery is it sounds like a cautionary tale to frighten people into doing what is right. It does. There then comes the choice each of us has to heed the warning and act accordingly or disregard it as a great fiction that billions believe to have something to blame for the inadequacies in our lives. If it rings true to you, seek for more understanding in study.
The voice in the back of your Mind Says Participate!
Satan desires to lure us away from doing well by appealing to our baser nature. Do you think you will be more aware of his attempts with You now?
© 2016 Rodric Anthony