On Monday (yes, back on Monday) we took the evening to look at the topic of Satan’s animosity towards the human race. Here are the notes:
Who is Satan?
A spiritual/angelic being created by God who now opposes God. He seems to be the main opponent and leader of the spiritual opposition to God’s plan. He is not typically seen by humans, and works primarily through spreading lies throughout the human race. Verses:
What is Satan all about?
Fighting God. But since he can’t he strikes at the image of God—Humans. In other words, he works against humans out of animosity towards God.
How the Bible Tells us to think about Satan
What Paul Told the church in Corinth:
- Don’t be ignorant of how Satan works, that is, his thoughts, intents, schemes. (2 Cor 2:11)
- If you are ignorant, you could be deceived—Satan is deceiving, corrupting, ruining. (2 Cor 11:3)
How we see Satan’s animosity towards the human race:
- The basic info: Deceiving, Accusing, Causing War. Rev 12:7-10
- He wants us to die! Genesis 2:16-17, Genesis 3:4-5 Satan works to create mistrust and hostility between God and Humanity. He wants the hostility between God and Man to kill humans.
- He accuses and defames us. Job 1:1, 8-11. Even when we’re at our best, Satan tries to make God our enemy and bring separation between us. Then, when we’re at our worst, he highlights the truth so it will destroy us.
- He Tempts Us. Matthew 4:1-10. He tries to use good things in Creation, and our own human nature, to get us to use creation and ourselves in evil ways. He wants us to twist things to bring evil out of the good things God has made. He wants everything to be ruined, and he wants us to be the ones who ruin things.
So here’s a little paradigm —
God: Creating everything good, then bringing good even out of the evil that happens.
Satan: Creating nothing, and trying to bring evil out of every good thing.
- He Likes to See Humans Degraded.
- Mark 5:1-5 (Dangerous, Bound, Lonely, Self-Destructive)
- Luke 13:11,16 (Bound)
- Luke 22:3 (Totally used)
- He lies to us. John 8:42-44. He uses God’s good gift of speech to spread misinformation—in a way totally calculated to make humans think and live in ways that are harmful and destructive to their relationship with God, their relationships with each other, their souls, and their bodies.
- His goal is to Steal, Kill, and Destroy. John 10:10. He wants to take what’s rightfully ours, to trample on our life, and to ruin what’s valuable. And he lies—to make himself seem like the giver of real life, and to get us to see God as the one who takes away our chance at abundant life.
- He ultimately wants to devour us. 1 Peter 5:8. He wants to annihilate us from the world individually, and “assimilate the church back into the world.”
- All we have to do to see the truth of all this is look at the world around us. Why is so much energy expended on hurting, oppressing, and killing human beings? Why do our entertainment factories churn out endless hours of images of humans crying, deformed, injured, degraded and killed? It’s because there’s a malevolent spiritual personality who assists us and drives us forward in our worst traits. He loves to see humans broken. And if we say that all this happens for no reason at all (like, it’s just evolution) then we have a worse, weirder problem—namely, what are we all getting so upset about? The fact that we can’t make it mean nothing to us shows that something bigger is going on than two animals fighting.
- Always remember, the whole game is that there is someone who hates you trying to trick you. The deceit comes precisely to keep you from remembering this. Temptations always present themselves to you as friendly offers, but there is nothing but hostility to you from Satan.
- Look back at John 10:9-11, 14-16. The whole choice is right here. There is a good shepherd, who wants one thing for his sheep—abundant life. That is, life fully provided for and fully able to be lived. Everything in Satan’s power is working to keep you from that shepherd—so you can be ripped off.
- Christians, we should learn to hate what Satan does and all its effects. It should drive us to resist temptation, because we see it as an attempt to rip us off and degrade us, and ultimately to dishonor our good God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t cooperate with him!