Lies we’ve been fed.

With all of the changes and violence in the news, and people thinking about the end of the world and Biblical prophecies, something I’ve noticed lately is that most people have huge misconceptions about Satan and Hell. Even as Christians, we need to take note of the lies we’ve been fed…

Satan in hell cartoonIt begins when we watch cartoons as kids…. You know, when someone dies, there’s the devil: all red, with horns, a tail, and a pitch fork, waiting to welcome the newest inmates that have arrived for him to torment! — *ahem!* — Firstly, let’s remember that Satan is a fallen angel, formerly called Lucifer, who in his pride wanted to be equal with God. One third of the angels followed him, and they (now called “demons”) were all cast out of heaven.

Satan’s status in Hell will be absolutely nil. He will have NO power. – Hell is a place of eternal death for Satan, his demons, AND all who have died a spiritual death due to sin. That is… all who are not covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, through faith! – Hell is complete separation from God… we wanted nothing to do with God, so that’s exactly what He gives us: the absence of Himself.

Satan is NOT the master of Hell! Satan didn’t create Hell, and God certainly didn’t create it for him as a place where Satan could be the ruler, and reign his terror on sinners. – [Our sins are disobedience against GOD’S law, and Satan is the worst offender. He has no right to punish anyone.] – The Bible tells us Satan is the “father of lies”, who masquerades as an angel of light. – His acting is convincing, and his temptations are tempting. (Obviously!) He wants to keep as many people bound by sin as possible.

Moreover, there is the concept of an/the Antichrist. Firstly, anyone who is against Christ is anti-christ, i.e. an antichrist. But Satan’s biggest attempt to overthrow God’s plan will ultimately be [the] Antichrist. Until he is thrown into Hell, Satan will continue to do all he can to steal, kill and destroy. He’s *always* trying to raise up the Antichrist, because although God knows who it will be, he doesn’t! He can’t see the future. — This is a good reminder to simply put our trust in the Lord, and not waste our life or money trying to figure out prophecies that God said we’re not supposed to know the answer to.

Maybe next time, when people around you are upset about the next big tragedy in the headlines, you can talk to them about how the one true God is a God of justice. He will never let the wicked go unpunished, and Satan will one day meet a very bitter end; never to gain power again.

The Rebel Inside Us

“Hi!” The response sounds innocent enough, but it is quickly becoming the statement of choice by my one-year-old little girl, Savannah, whenever she is doing something that she’s not allowed to and she realizes that she has been caught in the act.

Fatherhood has taught me many different things, but one of the most obvious to me right now relates to human nature. There are arguments out there that suggest that people are inherently good, or that human nature isn’t all that bad and we should believe that people will only try to do bad things when they are absolutely forced to.

However, being a dad and watching Savannah grow and develop tells me the exact opposite. I’ve never once taught her how to disobey, deceive, or manipulate me or others, but I’m constantly amazed, and even shocked, at how often those bad qualities come out of my little girl, and she’s only 14 months old!

A sin nature is embedded deeply within each of us – and if you don’t believe me, just come spend a day at my house. It is the natural inclination of everyone to rebel against God’s Law. We know that Isaiah understood that too when he stated that “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). We want to do what we want to do, but isn’t it awesome that in spite of our rebellion we have a Savior who has not only set us free from that sin nature, but has also given us the power to choose daily to live a life of victory?!

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ…and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-6