Is Satan still alive and kicking?
[By Anand Peter]
Jesus Christ defeated and crushed Satan in His death on the cross, how come Satan seems to be still amongst us? This is a question that challenges us today. I am not attempting to be the one to offer a full-proof answer, humble as I am in n the ways of God, let me suggest a perspective. Satan is a difficult one to figure out. When we look around we find rampant evil happening all around us, giving us a feeling that he is still on the prowl and is at it in full force.
Satan made his entry right at the beginning of human history. God finished His Creation and everything looked good. Adam and Eve were in charge of everything and enjoyed immense freedom and peace. They communed with God freely. God had, however, forbidden Adam from eating the fruit of the Tree-of-knowledge-of Good-and-Evil. If he did, he would surely die. That is what we read in Genesis 2:16-17: “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die." Adam may not have comprehended what God meant by “Evil” and “Death.” He might have pondered on the conversation and must have concluded that Evil and Death are something only God knew about and dismissed his thoughts on the subject. It did not concern him; at least that must have been his thoughts then. Satan always works on our minds with indirect references; he works in a suggestive mode rather than in a direct mode. It is human nature to play God. We all do it in varying degrees sometime or the other in our lives. Adam and Eve were no exception and when the option was proposed, indirectly by Satan, they fell for the temptation to be like God. Just like the forbidden fruit, the option, though wrong, looked good to them and they disobeyed God and ate it.
On the aside, scientists may suggest that a chemical contained in the fruit might have stimulated the God Spots in the brains of Adam and Eve and they became overly conscious of darkness and light, honour/respect and shame, right and wrong and good and evil. Scientists may call it Peyote which contains hallucinatory alkaloid. But the fact remains that humanity has always been dexterous at confusing evil with good.
That was Adam and Eve’s problem then, and it is our problem today. If evil were not made to appear good, there would be no temptation. It is in their close similarity that the danger lies. Modern social righteousness often differs from the righteousness of the Bible. Someone has said: “A wrong deed is right if the majority of people declare it not to be wrong.” By this principle we can see our standards shifting from time to time according to the popular vote! Divorce was once frowned upon by the society, and laws against fornication and adultery were strictly enforced. But now divorce is accepted by society, and fornication is glorified in our literature and films; same sex marriage has been legalised in many countries. The Bible says: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” - Isaiah 5:20. Jesus has not changed. His standards have not been lowered. He still calls immorality a sin, and the Bible says He is going to judge it.
The point I am making is that Satan (devil, fiend, unclean, villain, evil, person, bad, Antichrist, demon, the spirit of evil experience – call it what you want) stimulated the evil in man right in the beginning. The man could find no way to reverse the situation back to the state before he lost the trust and grace of God. The Bible, which has withstood the ravages of time, tells us that we possess a nature that wars against us, that seeks to destroy us. Paul said: “I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good” -Romans 7:2. Evil is present in us disguising itself as good, controlling us and deceiving us. Sin is why the atonement was necessary. Christ died on the cross to make us one with Him—dead to sin and alive to righteousness.
I want to argue the point that what Christ’s attornment has done is to point to us the way to conquer evil/sin/Satan. In His sacrificial death, Jesus empowered us to defeat evil, Satan. Christ is the only way for us. When we begin to imitate Christ, we begin to conquer the evil in us little by little. This process will continue until the day of judgement. As we are prepared by the indwelling Holy Spirit to enter the New Creation of Jesus, we will also be His New Creation when the initial damage fully reversed. That is when the Satan will be consigned to everlasting fire from which he will have no escape. We read in Revelation 12:7-10 “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.”
Till such time beware of the Satan/Evil in you. He will strike at every opportunity he gets. Remain in prayer and supplication. May Jesus protect us till we are fully rid of the evil in us. Amen
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