Satan and his attributes- The Deceiver

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  1. heavenbound5511 profile image64
    heavenbound5511posted 12 years ago

    God is good and satan is against Him. What does the bible tell us about satan and how he will act. Does satan work through people?
    So we can tell a christian by there fruits- actions, love & etc.
    Can we define satan's works by the fruits/results there of?

    This forum is for clarifying how satan acts, deceives and speaks through others.

    Satan ultimate goal to stop everyone from receiving Jesus as there Lord- For He is the author of all confusion and the father of all lies.

    1. earnestshub profile image82
      earnestshubposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Spot on!

      At least according to a book that verifies itself! lol

      So we have another serial poster here!

      We haven't had one since the mad muslim. smile

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        Emile Rposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        This is getting rather old.  Do you get single minded zealots on this forum very often?

        1. earnestshub profile image82
          earnestshubposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, we have had them before. One guy (who changed his profile) was here in disguise because the free masons were threatening him. He hated Jews, to gentiles, all Americans and as far as I could tell every belief except his own.

          He re-emerged as a muslim and quoted half the quoran at us, claiming as other fundies do that any opposition in the form of quotes from the quoran are out of context.

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            Emile Rposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Well, I guess that's the freedom of the internet. Too bad.  I don't mind opposing views, but when they can't discuss it without  posting a half a page of scripture everytime, you wonder if people have lost the ability to think for themselves. It's almost like they are trying to hypnotize us into believing this tripe.

            1. earnestshub profile image82
              earnestshubposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              I wish we could get an opposing view! lol

              goddunnit ain't cutting it for me, lol

            2. Cagsil profile image71
              Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              Now, that is definitely a spot on post. lol lol lol

              1. earnestshub profile image82
                earnestshubposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                I agree. smile

    2. jacharless profile image77
      jacharlessposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Satan: true definition is ha-satan : adverse position, opposing, at odds with. Now, ask yourself what is in opposition to righteousness, the Will of the Father? What is adverse understanding -meaning the thing that causes confusion and lies (untruths)?

      The actions of ha-satan are evident since Adam, the reason for the setting apart of the law and the true reason for salvation.

      The number of satan is broken vav-broken vav-broken vav (translated 666). The restored man is the crowned Zayin (777).

      There is NO SUCH ENTITY named Satan nor Lucifer mentioned ANYWHERE in Torah or the Letters. The word has been mistranslated and an entity story formed to lay blame on something other than humanity --the individual or collective-- itself. This is called absolution.

      The goal/end result of the human mind/ ha-satan/ law is death, which is at odds/adverse to/opposed to  Life.


      1. Slarty O'Brian profile image80
        Slarty O'Brianposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Actually it means accuser in Hebrew. In the Jewish tradition they are like cops that watch humans and inform god of their doings. They also accuse them in front of god if they have sinned. But they are a specialized group of angels.

        The new testament satan is a christian/Roman fabrication

        1. heavenbound5511 profile image64
          heavenbound5511posted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Satan and the angels now turned demons that were kicked out of heaven- Satan does transform himself into an angel of light- satan is the accuser.

          The name Devil
          The word "Devil" is not used in the Old Testament. It is Abaddon in Hebrew, Apollyon in Greek, meaning "destroyer." The Devil is the name given to a supernatural entity who, in most Western religions, is the central embodiment of evil. This entity is also commonly referred to by a variety of names, including Satan, Lucifer, Mephistopheles and Beelzebub. In classic demonology, these alternate names sometime refer to a separate supernatural entities or personalities.

          “Satan" and "Devil" are two names used in the Scriptures, but there are a great number of others familiar to all Bible readers, namely: "the accuser of our brethren," "the evil one," "deceiver," "murderer," "father of lies," "Beelzebub," "Belial," "tempter," "great dragon," "serpent," "prince of demons," and at least forty such titles are attributed to the fallen angel Lucifer.

          1. jacharless profile image77
            jacharlessposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            This is baalism -paganism mixed with Judaic practice.
            The word devil IS NEVER CAPITALIZED IN HEBREW. (and I have close to 300 Hebrew friends who will testify to that. They know their own language).

            In Judaic practice and text, there is NO ENTITY named LUCIFER or SATAN or DEVIL. It is a character VERB describing the human action/condition (a state of mind).

            If a person opposes you it is called satan; if they have a false testimony against you, it is called satan; if they bring unjust trouble to your house, it is called abaddon -to destroy, to break or corrupt, cause to stray from righteousness.

            Jesus said the same word: a thief (satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy (adaddon)...

            What he is referencing, if you read the passage correctly, was everyone and everything regarding human vision, human action, etc that is contrary (opposes aka satan) Abundant Life.

            HB, you have a zeal, but need to learn correctly, else end up like the others. Please, be wise, not in your thinking or understanding of text, but in the fullness of the Spirit.


          2. Slarty O'Brian profile image80
            Slarty O'Brianposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Where in the old testament do find the passages that say a satan fell from grace?

            I can save you the trouble. Such a passage does not exist in the old testament. You get your ideas from two works that are not cannon for either the Jews or the Christians: The book of Enoch and the book of Jubilees. Gnostic works in that reveal the secret knowledge of heaven which the Christians and Jews consider false doctrine.

            And yet somehow this satan has gotten in to your religion.

  2. heavenbound5511 profile image64
    heavenbound5511posted 12 years ago

    2 Kings 1:2-4 contains a reference to Baal-zebub. This passage describes how King Ahaziah of Samaria had an accident. He fell through a latticed window in his roof-chamber and injured himself. He decided to send messengers to Ekron, a nearby Phoenician city to inquire of their god Baal-zebub whether he would recover from the accident. Baal was the principal god of the Phoenicians; his name might have meant "Master of the Heavenly House." The ancient Israelites followed Baal's name with "zebul" which means "dung;" this produced the insulting term "Baal-zebul" which was later corrupted to "Baal-zebub." "Baal-zebub" was simply a religiously intolerant, insulting term for "Baal," the main deity of a neighboring tribe. The name had no connection to Satan. (Conservative Christians would disagree with this assessment; to many of them, all gods and goddesses other than Jehovah are in fact demons.) By the time of Jesus' ministry, the related name "Beelzebul" had apparently become a nickname for Satan. It remains so today.
        Isaiah 14:12-24 is interpreted by some as referring to Satan by the name "helel" in Hebrew. This is often translated as "Lucifer" or "Morning Star." The passage describes how he had fallen from heaven, was thrown to earth, expressed a desire to sit "on the mountains where the Gods assemble", wished to be like God, and had attacked many cities, leaving them in ruins. At first glance, this looks like a description of some of the activities of Satan. However, verse 4 clearly states that the passage refers to the King of Babylon, not to Satan. Isaiah was simply showing "sarcastic contempt for the mighty Babylonian monarch that had recently fallen, vanished as does [the morning star] Venus from the daytime sky." 1
        Ezekiel 28:13-17 is similar. It describes an individual as full of wisdom and flawless in beauty, dwelling in an Eden. But "iniquity came to light" in him, and "lawlessness filled his heart." God flung him to the ground. Again, this sounds a bit like Satan. But verse 11 links the passage to the King of Tyre. Note that verse 19 describes how God killed the king and reduced him to ashes so that he "will be no more." Satan is recording in subsequent passages of the Bible as being very much alive and kicking.

  3. Cagsil profile image71
    Cagsilposted 12 years ago

    I guess this thread simply shows the lack of knowledge, which you display about your own religion.

    Satan? Non-existent. Doesn't actually exist. lol lol

  4. heavenbound5511 profile image64
    heavenbound5511posted 12 years ago

    Related to Satan

    There are many passages in the Bible that are often associated with Satan. Some examples are:

        the serpent who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:4 & Genesis 3:14)
        Satan (1 Chronicles 21:1)
        the adversary playing the role of prosecuting attorney in a heavenly court with God and the angels (Job 1:6 & Zechariah 3:1-2 & 1 Peter 5:8)
        as the devil (from the Greek "diabolos" which means "slanderer"), the temper of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-3, Luke 4:2)
        the prince of the demons, Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15)
        unclean spirit (Matthew 12:43)
        the evil one (Matthew 13:19 & 1 John 2:13)
        the author of all evil (Luke 10:19)
        a murderer and the father of lies (John 8:44)
        the prince of this world (John 12:31 & 14:30 & 16:11)
        a demon able to enter into a human body (John 13:27)
        god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4)
        Belial (2 Corinthians 6:15)
        prince of the powers of the air, the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2)
        power of darkness (Colossians 1:13)
        an adversary, like a roaring lion who walks about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)
        the angel of the abyss, named Abaddon in Hebrew, Apollyon in Greek (Revelation 9:11)
        a great red dragon (Revelation 12:3 & 12:9 & 20:2)
        the accuser of our brethren who accuses Christians before God day and night (Revelation 12:10)
        the dragon, the old serpent (Revelation 20:2)

  5. heavenbound5511 profile image64
    heavenbound5511posted 12 years ago

    In order to be as wise as a serpent/the devil we would first need to see how he deceives us.

    Jesus revealed that one of the most pervasive forms of deception is found in religious practice. And the Bible reveals who is behind many religious deceptions. Do you know who? The Apostle Paul warns the Corinthians against false ministers: "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works" (2 Corinthians 11:13–15).

    Yes, Satan has many strategies, schemes, and devices to deceive us. Some unknowingly worship him as an "angel of light" while others look to him through séances, tarot cards, channeling and astrology. Millions of people dabble in the occult and seek answers from soothsayers and mystics. These dark practices are deceptive, and most who call themselves Christians can recognize blatant Satanic influence. But Satan also has many other more subtle schemes.

    The Apostle Paul, encouraging forgiveness for a repentant sinner, went on to say, "lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices" (2 Corinthians 2:11). Or, as the NIV puts it: "For we are not unaware of his schemes."

    How can you tell the difference between truth and error? The Bible gives us the answers. Jesus prayed, concerning His disciples, "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth" (John 17:17). Yes, the word of God, the Bible, is truth!

    Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:15-16

    The biggest lie mankind believes is that satan doesn't exist so therefore they won't address why satan is stealing, killing and destroying this world and the people in it. Jesus defeated satan for our freedom.

  6. Cagsil profile image71
    Cagsilposted 12 years ago

    Well, you've just proved absolutely nothing. The bible cannot be proof for itself.

    Not to mention, what you fail to realize is that Jesus spoke in metaphors and parables. Which escapes you. Hence, certain words are to mean something else, other than written. Too bad you don't know the difference. lol

    1. heavenbound5511 profile image64
      heavenbound5511posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I will do a forum on the parables of Jesus soon- Thanks for the idea and yes I understand Jesus parables!

      God bless you! smile

      1. Cagsil profile image71
        Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Apparently you don't and your actions prove it. Yes, Jesus was speaking parables, but you fail to understand the "metaphors".

  7. earnestshub profile image82
    earnestshubposted 12 years ago

    Gee it's been a while since we had a thread by a religionist who ignores every opposing belief and just squirt scripture adnauseum!
    Almost a novelty! ........almost.

    1. earnestshub profile image82
      earnestshubposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Wow! How spot on was that?

      Should I make some more prognostications? smile

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      Deborah Sextonposted 12 years agoin reply to this



  8. heavenbound5511 profile image64
    heavenbound5511posted 12 years ago

    Deception 1: False Doctrine
    Where do we find godly doctrine or teaching? Jesus said, "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). Truth is revealed in the Bible, but we must also practice the truth. Jesus said in the previous verse, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed" (v. 31).

    Sadly, the majority will not practice the truth. The Apostle Paul prophesied that some "religious" people would seek teachers to preach what they want to hear, rather than the truth of the Bible. The Apostle Paul exhorted the young evangelist Timothy: "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables" (2 Timothy 4:2–4).

    Are you willing to be guided and corrected by the Bible? Or will you be turned aside to fables? One of the major errors of professing Christianity is the practice, by some, of pagan traditions. For more on this vital topic, read Douglas S. Winnail's article "The Pagan Revival" on page 22 of this issue.

    Many do not realize that Easter eggs are a pagan symbol of fertility. Decorated trees, holly wreaths, and mistletoe were pagan traditions. December 25 was celebrated as the birth of Mithras, the sun god; it was not the date of Jesus' birth. Should Christians observe Valentine's Day? In 496ad, Pope Gelasius I established the Feast of St. Valentine on February 14. Previously, since the days of ancient Rome, young lovers had often observed the Lupercalia—the feast of Lupercus, a fertility god—on February 15. Even in ancient Greece, mid-February was associated with love and fertility; the Greek month of Gamelion, ending in mid-February, was associated with the marriage of the gods Zeus and Hera.

    The historian Will Durant gave this analysis: "Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it. The Greek mind, dying, came to a transmigrated life in the theology and liturgy of the church; the Greek language, having reigned for centuries over philosophy, became the vehicle of Christian literature and ritual; the Greek mysteries passed down into the impressive mystery of the Mass. Other pagan cultures contributed to the syncretist result.… Christianity was the last creation of the ancient pagan world" (The Story of Civilization, pp. 595, 599).

    Are you practicing pagan traditions in the name of Christianity? Remember Jesus' warning to the Pharisees and scribes concerning certain religious customs. He warned them, "All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition" (Mark 7:9).

    The book of Revelation warns us about one of the most pervasive deceptions. The Apostle John saw in vision the famous four horsemen of the Apocalypse. He wrote: "And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer" (Revelation 6:2). As we have pointed out in previous articles, the true Revelator is Jesus Christ. He reveals the meaning of this white horse and its rider. Jesus described that the white horse symbolizes false religion—including those who falsely claim to come in Christ's name: "And Jesus answered and said to them: 'Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, "I am the Christ," and will deceive many'" (Matthew 24:4–5).

    Yes, Jesus predicted that many would use His name and "deceive many." In verse 24, Jesus states that "false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." Will you be deceived?

    The Devil, Satan, has deceived the whole world. Those whom he deceives he holds captive. You can read about that in 2 Timothy 2:26. We must all be on guard against the devil's deceptions; like the Apostle Paul, we must not be unaware of his schemes.

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      Deborah Sextonposted 12 years agoin reply to this


      Instead of worrying about Easter eggs, you should worry about believing the False Apostle Paul and teaching others to do the same.

      If you truly knew the meaning of Satan you would know he was the most devilish being that ever faked religion.

  9. heavenbound5511 profile image64
    heavenbound5511posted 12 years ago

    Deception 2: Lust
    Human nature is filled with vanity, jealousy, greed, and lust. Satan can take advantage of that tendency and weakness in all of us. He sends temptation through the media—movies, television, magazines and the Internet—and through carnal and covetous individuals.

    The Apostle Paul warned married couples not to deprive one another from sexual relations. Otherwise, Satan could take advantage of our carnal nature. "Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control" (1 Corinthians 7:5).

    In our modern age, sexual temptations are all around us. So, the Apostle Paul advised those who might lack self-control, "Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband" (1 Corinthians 7:2).

    We need to understand that lust, greed and covetousness are sin. The tenth commandment states: "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's" (Exodus 20:17).

    Instead of coveting, be thankful for all the blessings God has given you. After all, God promises to provide all your godly needs. That promise is in Philippians 4:19. We need to understand that covetousness is a form of idolatry. We can desire a person, position or possession so strongly that it becomes an idol to us. Remember this admonition: "Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry" (Colossians 3:5).

    We need to pray, as Jesus taught us, "And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen" (Matthew 6:13).

  10. heavenbound5511 profile image64
    heavenbound5511posted 12 years ago

    Deception 3: Pride, Vanity and Arrogance
    Selfishness and egotism are part and parcel of human nature. We like to feel important. That desire can lead to deception. The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy concerning the ordination of a bishop, or an overseer. He wrote that such a candidate should be "not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil" (1 Timothy 3:6–7).

    Do you let pride and vanity guide your thinking and behavior? If so, you can be deceived. You can be snared by the devil. How do you counteract self-centeredness and vanity? The Apostle James wrote: "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up" (James 4:10).

    Remember the biblical examples of those who cultivated pride, and did not give glory to God? King Herod allowed himself to be worshipped as a god! He cultivated vanity and arrogance. And what happened to him? "So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, 'The voice of a god and not of a man!' Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. But the word of God grew and multiplied" (Acts 12:21–24).

    Another king, who had to learn lessons the hard way, was King Nebuchadnezzar. When he neglected to take the prophet Daniel's advice to repent, God took Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom away from him. And King Nebuchadnezzar lived like an animal for seven years, until he learned his lesson. You can read about that in Daniel 4.

    We need to be on guard against pride. When God blesses you, give Him

  11. heavenbound5511 profile image64
    heavenbound5511posted 12 years ago

    Deception 4: Lying
    There is a classic example of lying in the New Testament. Members of the early Christian Church donated property and funds to help fellow Christians. However, one individual named Ananias, committed fraud. He claimed to have given all of the proceeds to the Church, but held back some of the funds. He lied to the Apostle Peter. We read: "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, 'Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.' Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things" (Acts 5:1–5).

    Sapphira came to Peter later. She lied, and she experienced the same judgment as her husband. She died on the spot! We need to understand. Satan is the father of lies, as it states in John 8:44. So, examine yourself. Monitor your communications. Do you shade the truth? Or, do you simply lie? Do not let Satan take advantage of you, as he did with Ananias and Sapphira. Remember the ninth commandment states: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor" (Exodus 20:16). And we must also realize that we can live a lie. Too many professing Christians are doing just that! As Scripture warns us, "He who says, 'I know Him,' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (1 John 2:4).

    Ask God to help you speak the truth and live the truth!

  12. heavenbound5511 profile image64
    heavenbound5511posted 12 years ago

    Deception 5: False Dreams, Visions and "Miracles"
    How many times have individuals told me about dreams or visions that were obviously Satan-inspired? Some thought they had seen Jesus. He supposedly appeared to them wearing the long hair with which He is commonly pictured in our society. But the Jesus of the Bible did not have long hair. Paul wrote: "Doth not even nature itself teach you that if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?" (1 Corinthians 11:14, KJV). Jesus escaped out of crowds on several occasions because He looked like the average Jew of His day. Do not be deceived by dreams, visions, or appealing messages. The Apostle John wrote: "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).

    The occult appeals to many people. Some try to contact their deceased relatives through mediums. Children read Harry Potter books and become fascinated with the occult. Satanic video games are popular. You need to educate your children on the dangers of the occult, satanic activities and other demonic influences. God Almighty condemns witchcraft and sorcery. He tells us, "For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord" (Deuteronomy 18:12). Be sure to read Deuteronomy 18:9–14 and Galatians 5:20 in this regard.

    Satan will use dreams, visions and "miracles" to deceive people. The book of Revelation describes the great false prophet who will soon rise on the world scene. Be sure to read this in your own Bible. "Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb [a counterfeit of Christ] and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived" (Revelation 13:11–14).

    Do not be deceived! False religious leaders will perform great signs and miracles. Be sure that you test all such leaders with the Bible, the word of God. That is why we say in Tomorrow's World magazine, and on the Tomorrow's World telecast, "Don't believe us; believe your Bible!" As Scripture says, "To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20).

    We can all look forward to the day when Satan the Devil will be cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years. You can read about that in Revelation 20. In the meantime, we must remain watchful and on guard.

    Deception 6: Bitterness
    If we are not careful to watch our feelings, we can become bitter. Perhaps someone offends us. Then the hurt feeling turns into a grudge. Then we start thinking about revenge. If such feelings are nursed and encouraged, they can turn into hate. Then, that hate can turn into bitterness. Christians need to identify and overcome any feelings of hate and bitterness. Notice this instruction: "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled" (Hebrews 12:14–15).

    Such bitterness can even lead to the unpardonable sin. How can we counteract those feelings? Simply by following Jesus Christ's instructions! He taught us: "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matthew 5:44–45).

    Even professing Christians sometimes fall into the trap of plotting revenge for some offense or injustice. God warns us against that attitude: "Do not say, 'I will recompense evil'; wait for the Lord, and He will save you" (Proverbs 20:22). Our Lord and Savior set the example, that "when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously" (1 Peter 2:23).

    Pray for God's intervention—that He will execute His righteous judgment. He will execute vengeance, if it is divinely warranted. Christians should not take vengeance into their own hands and succumb to Satan's attitude of hate. Scripture warns us: "For we know Him who said, 'Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,' says the Lord. And again, 'The Lord will judge His people.' It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:30–31).

    Christians need to pray for their enemies. Bless those who curse you. That is the Christian way! That is how we can overcome Satan's infectious attitude of hate and bitterness.

    Deception 7: Lack of Faith
    When Satan attacked him, the patriarch Job remained faithful to God—and learned vital spiritual lessons. At one point, Job said: "For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me" (Job 3:25). In our modern language, we might call Job's experience a "self-fulfilling prophecy."

    As Christians, we must face our fears with faith, and must pray for God's protection and intervention. When we study the Bible, and we believe God's promises, He gives us faith. Scripture reminds us, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).

    Lack of faith opens us to Satanic deceptions. The book of Hebrews recounts the faithlessness of those ancient Israelites who lacked faith and trust in God. We need to learn from their hardness of heart, and avoid it in our own lives. "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called 'Today,' lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" (Hebrews 3:12–13).

    Those who lack faith in Christ, and who persist in trusting Satan, will ultimately be destroyed. "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerors, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8). Thankfully, there is also good news for those who have faith and avoid Satan's deceptions. "He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son" (v. 7).

    God wants you to be His faithful and trusting son or daughter, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. He will give you His faith, if you turn to Him with your whole heart. In the meantime, arm yourself with spiritual knowledge. Avoid self-deception. Avoid the world's deceptions. And avoid Satan's deceptions. As the Apostle Paul reminded us, Christians are not ignorant of Satan's devices. As regular readers of this magazine know, Bible prophecy foretells of a great future false religious system, inspired by Satan, that will influence billions of people all over the earth. By staying close to the true God, you can avoid Satanic deception. Do not let yourself be deceived!

  13. Druid Dude profile image61
    Druid Dudeposted 12 years ago

    The relationship between "Satan" and "God" is more complex. See: Job.

    Be kind, Emile. There is always more than meets the eye. I'm sure you will be successful in your wish to remain clean from unclean philosophies. Myopia is great for close minded thinking. Hmmm! Close minded thinking. You remind me of a christian. Are you sure you aren't one of "them"?

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      Emile Rposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Are you talking to me?    I don't think Christianity is unclean, but this? This is like someone ranting on a street corner.

      Sorry, I'm new here. It's your forum. I guess when in Rome, I should do as the Romans do, but I'm not up to proselytizing so I'll head on down the Apian Way for tonight.

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        heavenbound5511posted 12 years agoin reply to this
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          Emile Rposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Don't take this wrong way, but you've proven that you aren't someone who can be taken seriously. I wouldn't waste my time on your video.

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            earnestshubposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            No big loss.
            I think their dog ate the lyrics, or maybe the dog wrote them.
            Lowbrow stuff. smile

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            heavenbound5511posted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Your loss not mine- I love this artist his lyrics mean a lot if you pay attention.

            I take it serious that Jesus has changed my life, healed me and delivered me- I have many many testimonies of the power of God! smile

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              Emile Rposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              You and I may have started off on the wrong foot. I'll try to change that here.

              I'm sure you feel very confident about your relationship with your god, but posting all of this scripture doesn't do any good. It may impress the fundamentalists, but they are hooked in, just like you are. Your actions are counter productive to your stated mission.

              If you look at your gospels, the way Yeshua taught, he didn't carry the Torah around and open it up when he came across a crowd. He talked to them. He told stories.

              When he came across the woman at the well; he didn't chastise her and tell her she was bound for hell by living in sin, he talked to her.

              You would display your faith much more beautifully if you simply talked. This scripture posting and the warnings are pointless.

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        jacharlessposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Apian Way The restaurant? Yum.

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    heavenbound5511posted 12 years ago
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    psycheskinnerposted 12 years ago

    Even more bizarre is how the "anti-Christ" become canon for many Christians.

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    awareposted 12 years ago

    who made hell and for who?  hows the story go?


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