Sorry L. Ron Hubbard, this isn’t a review of your most excellent science fiction movie… (sarcasm!) it’s about how Earth is a battlefield and we are the prized possession.
We were all born in to a world under siege, a ground zero for the most ancient and primary of enemies. The moves of these two forces sculpt our society, our future and fill our past.
Who are the two forces at war? Heaven and Hell.
What are they fighting for? Our heart and our eternity.
The Prize and Strategy
God wants mankind to come to and be with Him. Satan does not want mankind to be with God. You could also say God wants us to worship Him and Satan simply does not want us to worship God.
I did not say “God wants us to worship Himself and Satan wants us to worship himself“. Satan doesn’t care what you do with your life so long as you don’t worship or have a relationship with God. I do not say that there aren’t people who don’t worship Satan, because there certainly are however Theistic Satanism is one of the many paths by which Satan keeps people from God.
Satan’s will is accomplished through uncountable avenues. There are infinite ways to not be with God but there is only one way to be with God – Christ. And the true Christ is who Satan wants to keep us away from, this is the force behind all of the attacks against Christ and Christianity. I think Satan is even happy with a lot of people who attend Churches in America because he has kept them from accepting the true Christ, but placed them in an atmosphere where they think they are fine when in reality they are not actually saved. I also strongly believe Satan does not care if you are a Hindu, Buddhist, Agnostic, Muslim, Atheist, or a New Ager; as long as you don’t know Christ, Satan is happy. What he does care about is if you are a true Christian. This is the one thing Satan wants to prevent – you knowing God here on Earth and spending eternity with Him afterward.
Why Does Satan Care?
So why does Satan care so much about man kind that he would involve himself in such detail? What does he get out of it anyway? Well my opinion tells me that because of Satan’s defeat and excommunication from heaven encourages him to try and pull down as much of mankind as possible, which is the apple of God’s eye. If he can’t have God anymore than he thinks neither should we!
Satan was the rebellious leader in Heaven who rallied and deceived 1/3 of heavens angels in to an attempt to overthrow the throne of Heaven!
For you (Satan) have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.‘
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.
However, Lucifer and his angels did not prevail against their own creator, they were all kicked out of Heaven and out of fellowship with God which twisted their good nature and filled them with evil intent to all they did whereas before worship and honoring God filled their every action. I do not know the mind of Satan (which is probably a good thing), but I suppose he thinks he can spoil God’s newest and unique creation with his efforts of evil against man kind. And in doing so get back at God for hurting his angelic ego. If Satan can no longer be in God’s presence perhaps he figures neither can we and so efforts to depopulate Heaven and populate hell.
John Milton who wrote the great epic of English poetry “Paradise Lost” seems to hold a smilar opinion:
“Though on their names in Heavenly records now
Be no memorial, blotted out and rased
By their rebellion from the Books of Life.
Nor had they yet among the sons of Eve
Got them new names, till, wandering o’er the earth,
Through God’s high sufferance for the trial of man,
By falsities and lies the greatest part
Of mankind they corrupted to forsake
God their Creator, and th’ invisible
Glory of him that made them to transform
Oft to the image of a brute, adorned
With gay religions full of pomp and gold,
And devils to adore for deities:
Then were they known to men by various names,
And various idols through the heathen world.”
Milton goes on to say that the fallen angels who were cast to hell with Lucifer begin to plot their counter strike which is to corrupt man kind. In their strategy is the leading astray of mankind via false religions that do not lead to God. The fallen angels then interact with mankind as what we know to be ancient the gods of Molech, Belial, Astoreth, Dagon, Rimmon, Mammon.
I believe that the spiritual forces and deities behind other religions are demonic in origin simply because they are demonic in nature.
What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
So how successful is Satan in his efforts to assuage mankind away from God’s dwelling place and towards rebellion against Him? This is evidenced by the spiritual climate (or lack thereof) of the current culture or society. Today, in the west I would say Satan has been quite successful intercepting our modern thinking, habits, and beliefs. And the church is not exempt from this blanket of misguidance. Many churches operate more like MTV or Dr. Phil than the Body of Christ. If they lead people inward rather than upward toward God than they are not doing God’s work, you must ask yourself who’s work are they truly doing?
Ephesians 2:2 – in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,
John 12:31 – Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
John 16:11 – Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
1Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…
However, Christians having God on their side and the Spirit of God inside them, have access to authority over Satan and all his demons. We have this because God who created them in the first place still has sovereign authority over all of creation. If we encounter a demonic presence in the form of spirit or manifesting in a person we have no reason to fear because Christ is on our side. We only need to use the name of Jesus the Son of God with faith and the demon must leave.