Blinded by the Dark

Why do people not choose Christ? I ask myself this question often when I meet people who are willfully unbelievers. Is it that they don’t see enough hard evidence? Is it that they have had a bad experience with Christians or church and avoid it altogether? Is it that they find the requirements of Christianity to heavy a burden? It is often a mixture of these, but ultimately the reason for continued unbelief is none other than the Devil. He has blinded those who continue in unbelief from Christ. Now I know that  this sounds quite radical and it also may sound as if I’m giving too much credit to Satan;’s abilities but I believe I am simply acknowledging his tactics. Satan simply does not want people to turn to God through Christ.  And when they are not born again they are more to Satan than to God being enemies of God. Let’s look in to this dynamic of the spiritual world and where it meets the minds of men.

Satan’s Agenda

2Corinthians 4:4 – whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

The context of this scripture reveals who Paul is talking about – they are the people who “are perishing”. And who is perishing but those who do not heed to the Gospel and give their lives to Christ (John 3:16). So in verse 4 the unbelieving are identified as being blind to the truth of Christ, who blinded them? The Devil, and he did this so that “the light of the Gospel of Christ (would not) would shine on them”.

2Corinthians 3:14 – But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.

Ever since Lucifer was defeated in battle and kicked out of Heaven he seems to be on an unstoppable mission to spoil anything and everything he can just to tick God off. And since he realized he could not win in against God and His army what was left? Us! From the very beginning Satan has been steering us away from God. Satan is using everything he has to keep us from realizing the truth which is God’s reality, love, and forgiveness. When a person allows Satan to deceive them (and the individuals free will does play the lead role in their becoming blind) they will not accept Christ for who He really is, they will remain alienated from God and unforgiven of their sin.

1John 2:11 – But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

The Liar

Other then trying to spoil everything God has made, Satan has also been a liar from the very beginning (John 8:44). Can you think of another story in the Bible that has to do with Satan, sin, and “vision”? The Garden of Eden.

Genesis 3:4 – Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
Genesis 3:5 – “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

If you take everything Satan has ever said and flip it around to the opposite meaning you will almost always end up with God’s truth. Satan says “Look at you, you’re a terrible sinful person who can’t be used by God”. However, God’s truth is “In my eyes (the only ones that matter) you’re forgiven and perfected by Christ, people like you are exactly who I always use!”.

So in the Garden we see Satan at it again, lying (surprise surprise!). He tells Adam and Eve that when they eat the fruit (rebel against God’s command) that their eyes will be opened! That before, they could not really see but NOW they can truly see! That is the lie that Satan still tricks people with, that sin is true life. That, however, could not be further from the truth. Satan blinds people and convinces them they aren’t actually blind, what a predicament! Ever encountered someone who said they aren’t sinful or bad, or that they they don’t need Jesus to save them?

1John 1:8 – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

From Darkness to Light

So if we have a friend, family member or co-worker who is an unbeliever how can we get them saved? The first step is to realize it’s not you who is saving them, it’s you being used to do whatever God wills towards that unbeliever but it’s the Father (John 6:44) drawing someone and the Son who saves them (John 3:36). When you come to this revelation, evangelism changes drastically, it’s not winning the argument that will “win them over” and it’s not the living perfect and pure that will convince them to convert. It’s God who uses us, draws them, and saves them.

The second step is to rebuke Satan in Jesus’s name and proclaim His victory over the Devils blinders that keep that person from Christ. So we are basically praying that Jesus would do the work of spiritual warfare in disabling Satan. When Satan is pushed back from that persons life the spiritual blinders are removed and they are able to see a break in the clouds, the light at the end of the tunnel – Christ. Successful evangelism (introducing people to Christianity) is %20 action and %80 prayer.

Jesus sheds much light (no pun intended) on this aspect of the spiritual realm when He teaches the parable of “the Strong Man” in Matthew 12:29, Mark 3:27, and Luke 11:21.

Mark 3:27 – “No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.

Luke 11:21 – “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace.
Luke 11:22 – “But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.

The strong man fully represents Satan claiming authority over a person who is not under God’s immediate authority and protection a.k.a. an unbeliever. These “goods” are the people who are oppressed by Satan, deceived, and blinded by him. The stronger man is Christ (this cannot be Satan for Christ is always stronger than Satan) who comes, binds the strong man and plunders or takes the goods out of that house and puts it into his house.
The surrounding scriptures of each mention of this parable contain Jesus talking about casting out demons and spiritual warfare so it’s hard to give this parable a meaning other than that of Jesus being victorious over Satan and his minions.

Binding The Strong Man

How many times have I prayed “Lord, save them! Pull them from the kingdom of darkness and in to the light.” In the light of the teaching of binding the strong man I wonder how effective this prayer actually is. It seems to have undertones of  “Jesus, please override their free will that you gave them and just make them saved somehow.” However, God will not do this, it’s similar to if someone is delivered of demons yet they lack the will power to keep themselves pure thus deflecting future returns of those demons. If they don’t will it and do it, demons will return even more powerful than before. This is spoken of by Jesus in the passages surrounding the Strong Man parable in Matthew 12, Mark 3, and Luke11. Out of choice one chooses to repent and turn to God, but how can they choose when they are blind? Ask Jesus to restore vision to the blind.

We must pray to Jesus that He would bind the strong man (Satan) that guards his possessions (lost souls) so that he can no longer hold them in darkness. When we do this with faith, Christ is enabled to do the work that He was meant to do and the work that we so often try to do ourselves and can’t. Perhaps this is why most modern churches are ineffective at truly maintaining a generation of Christians, because they saved them instead of God.

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20 thoughts on “Blinded by the Dark

  1. Because loving and obeying God goes against his nature, he wants to separate mankind from God because he himself failed in the overthrow of heaven.
    If Satan wanted people to believe in Christ and serve God he would be destroying his own kingdom and work.
    Similar to if Satan were to cast out demons from someone and thus free them from his own grip.
    Mat 12:25 – But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
    Mat 12:26 – “If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?

    By “turn to” I of course mean obey, love, and live for, not just think about.

  2. >>>Because loving and obeying God goes against his nature…

    I’m not trying to be contrary here, but it seems that if one acts in complete concordance with one’s nature that one is in complete harmony with one’s essential being.

    Do you fault “Satan” for his nature?

    • Yes if one acts in concordance with their nature they are in harmony with their being. Satan was “in harmony with his essential being” until iniquity was found in him – the pride of thinking he would be a better God than God was, thus the battle in heaven (Eze 28:17, Isa 14:14-15).
      By Satan’s nature do you mean his original nature or his new nature that of evil and anti-God?
      He was perfect in the beginning (Eze 28:15).
      I do fault Satan for his own fall since it was based on his own thoughts, plans, and deceit that he and his following angels fell (Eze 28:15, Isa 14:13,14). Or do you mean to say that God framed Satan by planting the iniquity and pride in him secretly so as to provide an evil force that would later torment His children?

      • I’m saying that if a lion kills a deer, it is not an evil act.

        If Satan, by nature and not by choice, is prosecuting people, then he is no different than a lion.

        Consider a pistol. No one prosecutes a pistol since it has no volition. Only evil intent is evil. To act without choice might be insanity, but is not evil.

        You refer to Eze 28:17, Isa 14:14-15. Neither of these passages refer to the Satan.

        To my mind, we should understand the Satan to be an overzealous district attorney. Consider how he goads YHVH into permitting him to put him to trial (which, by the way, is another example of what we were discussing on the other thread). He believes the worst of Job, and desires to prove that Job is not as loyal as he appears superficially.

        The prayer:

        Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation [a trial by ordeal], but deliver us from evil [the evil one]: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

        … has an allusion to the Job incident, no? I mean, “Don’t listen to the prosecution, as they desire to ‘sift me like wheat’, but deliver me from the evil one [the Satan], since it is YOUR kingdom, and YOUR power and YOUR glory forever. So be it.”

        Isaiah 14 is explicitly addressed to Nebuchadnezzar for his proud tower. Ezekiel 28 is *explicitly* addressed to the ruler of Tyre.

        Have you seen the movie “Les Miserables”? If so, one should understand the Satan to be like Javert:

        “An obsessive fanatic police inspector who continuously hunts, tracks down, and loses Valjean. He goes undercover behind the barricade, but is discovered and unmasked. Valjean has the chance to kill Javert, but lets him go. Later, Javert allows Valjean to escape. For the first time, Javert is in a situation in which he knows that the lawful course is immoral. His inner conflict leads him to take his own life by jumping into the River Seine.”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables#Major

        Without any reservation I can say that the book “Les Miserables” is the finest book I’ve ever read, and the movie versions aren’t half bad either.

      • I don’t believe Satan is comparable to a lion’s killing nature (which may be attributed to The Fall) or an inanimate pistol.
        You say “to my mind we should understand…” but you’re really saying “in my opinion”. But what of the scriptures, that’s what holds the true identity of Satan even if it’s not as thorough as we would like.
        Even an over-zelous district attorney is still in office and has a job with the state. Satan however no longer holds his original office under God as an angel of Heaven, he was fired for crossing his boundaries and kicked out. Now he pursues his own goals but God still fits him into His plan.
        Can you explain how the Nebuchadnezzar plotted so grandly against God, fell from heaven and was brought down to Sheol? And can you explain how the King of Tyre was in the Garden of Eden, called a cherubim on God’s mountain, was perfect until he sinned by plotting so grandly against God? I believe they have dual meanings – one human and historical the other spiritual referring to Satan.

        And yes Satan tried Job, he contested God’s will and word – that Job was faithful and would remain so. But this testing on Job reveals that Satan is an active being that uses his will to try and combat God.

        But back to the blog, do you believe we should pray to God that He destroy or hinder the work of Satan in the lives of those who are estranged from God because of Satan’s work?

  3. >>>What would you say to a serial killer acting by his nature?

    If the person is “hard wired” by no fault of their own (ie: genetics) then their actions are not moral in nature, but are physical in nature. S/he is subject to physical laws, but not moral laws. Ie: there is no moral basis to hold a fungus culpable, morally, for the destruction it causes to one’s crops.

    I read a wonderful book once, called “Guilty by Reason of Insanity.”

    Our legal system takes intent into account, and those who are found mentally incompetent (incapable of moral choice) are ruled not guilty and are referred to treatment. Premeditation is the most culpable, while harm caused by rage and accident are less culpable.

  4. Great Posting Daniel…

    It is postings like this that bring to my mind the wonderful blessing of salvation that our Lord has given to us. We all choose to reject the truth due to our own sin nature. Satan worked continually to keep us from seeing and accepting the truth of God’s Word. But what did our Lord do for us? He opended our sin blinded eyes and gave us the ability to come to Him, trusting in Him for our salvation.

    What a wonderful blessing our Lord has given to us! What a great reminder for this Thanksgiving season. Lets all thank the Lord for bringing us to Him and saving us form our sins when we could not save ourselves.

    • Thanks. Yes we have so much to be thankful for! Great way to bring it all back to Jesus. I believe we can use this revelation in combating Satan’s attempts to keep people away from God’s grace by praying against Satan instead of praying that God would override the persons will.

    • >>>…We all choose to reject the truth due to our own sin nature…

      Hi, Rob.

      Rob, are you aware of any scripture that says that?

      >>>Satan worked continually to keep us from seeing and accepting the truth of God’s Word. But what did our Lord do for us? He opended our sin blinded eyes and gave us the ability to come to Him, trusting in Him for our salvation…

      Rob, what do you make of this passage?:

      2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a [actually, “the”] lie:
      2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

      According to those verses, who is the “Father of the lie?” And to what end?

      Or this:

      Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
      Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

      So one might ask, “Who is the God of this world?”

      2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
      2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

      Now, I’m not a “Calvinist” but I don’t see much indication that the Satan “blinds” anyone, whereas God is said in several places to blind many.

      I take “blindness” as metaphor for things “hid in plain sight”, not actual, literal lack of physical capability.

  5. Last night, my wife and youngest son were watching a movie called “White Dog.” It is the story of a black man who attempts to cure a dog that was trained by a racist to kill people. A serial killer dog.

    I do not believe that there is such a thing as a “sinful nature” (that is an oxymoron), and I certainly see no scriptural reason to see a dog having one. Yet this dog was a racist serial killer.

    I think you can see the analogy.

    • That sounds like an interesting movie, however the dog was trained by a sinful human on what to do, otherwise the dog would have not attacked as it did, unless of course in self defense (in which I am pretty sure the dog doesn’t play favorites). I guess I fail to see your analogy.
      That is interesting that you don’t believe in humans having a sinful nature (or a sin prone nature), I haven’t met any Christian who doesn’t believe that. But then again I have never met a Christian (in person) who believes that Yahweh is a man in the clouds and that the Holy Spirit is simply His breath. If someone asks you do you claim to be a Christian?

      About the scripture you used from Thessalonians, it is talking about the coming Anti Christ, or Lawless One, who has not come yet. So the scriptures in verse 11 and 12 have not happened yet. Thus God sending delusion on those who already refused Christ’s saving work and turned from God has not happened yet. Just thought I would mention the context, but I do agree that God has had his hand in some things that Satan has also done as I wrote about in this blog. But from what I’ve read God never steps in the scene until we’ve already had our choice. Like with Pharaoh, he was warned before his heart was hardened. After he ignored the warning God stepped in and took control in a sense.

      • >>>…I guess I fail to see your analogy….

        I have never heard of anyone claiming that dogs have a sinful nature. That dog was a serial killer. Was the dog a sinner? Or was the dog merely acting in accordance with its nature – to obey the leader of the pack? In my view, the dog would love to be snuggling up, wagging its tail, protecting… but it was trained by someone who manipulated the dog’s instinctual behavior for evil.

        >>>That is interesting that you don’t believe in humans having a sinful nature (or a sin prone nature), I haven’t met any Christian who doesn’t believe that.

        “Sinful nature” is an oxymoron. “Sin” is inherently volitional, while “nature” is inherently amoral.

        >>>But then again I have never met a Christian (in person) who believes that Yahweh is a man in the clouds and that the Holy Spirit is simply His breath.

        That this is the historic view is easy to determine by viewing Catholic art:

        http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&source=imghp&biw=1258&bih=863&q=sistine+chapel+ceiling&gbv=2&aq=1&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=sistine+cha&gs_rfai=

        That it is the scriptural view, one can flip to any page of the scriptures, open it up and point your finger and you will land on a reference to the cosmology of which I speak.

        >>>If someone asks you do you claim to be a Christian?

        That is a meaningless term, without any qualification.

        >>>About the scripture you used from Thessalonians, it is talking about the coming Anti Christ, or Lawless One, who has not come yet. So the scriptures in verse 11 and 12 have not happened yet.

        1Jn 4:3 And every spirit [breath] that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh [a human being] is not of God: and this is that spirit [breath] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; ***and even now already is it in the world***.

        2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity ***doth already work***: only he who now letteth [hinders] will let [hinder], until he be taken out of the way.

        I take that to refer to the emperors before Constantine. It was then, in the 4th century, that “The Doctrine of the Blessed Trinity” was formulated by Augustine (along with forbidding marriage, certain foods and what not).

        >>>Thus God sending delusion on those who already refused Christ’s saving work and turned from God has not happened yet.

        I repeat:

        1Jn 4:3 And every spirit [breath] that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh [a human being] is not of God: and this is that spirit [breath] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; ***and even now already is it in the world***.

        >>>Just thought I would mention the context, but I do agree that God has had his hand in some things that Satan has also done as I wrote about in this blog.

        But you have not show that the Satan is involved at all. Not from scripture.

        >>>But from what I’ve read God never steps in the scene until we’ve already had our choice. Like with Pharaoh, he was warned before his heart was hardened. After he ignored the warning God stepped in and took control in a sense.

        I won’t argue with that as I think that that is how we are meant to understand things, pretty much.

      • Yesterday, an otter attacked some people. The otter is believed to be rabid. Why? Because a healthy otter does not attack people.

        Do you remember the movie of “Old Yeller”?

        The point is, if someone has a viral infection that **compels** them to be a serial killer, then they are sick but not evil. It would be silly to say the either the otter or “that Ol’ Yeller dog” were evil, or had a “sinful nature.”

        It is only appropriate to speak of sinful choices.

        Jesus applied this specifically to faith. If, as most people say, sinners who do not believe, do not believe because the Satan has blinded them, then unbelief is not a sin:

        Joh 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

        I rest my case!

      • Healthy humans do evil things without the help or influence of infection, what about them? Does every human that commits a sinful act have some excuse like a viral infection or a bad childhood and thus they are not held accountable for their actions? We aren’t animals.
        Your analogies are use animal nature to describe human nature and angelic nature. As you have described- animals obey their instinct and do what they do. They don’t always do what we’d like but we don’t live in a perfect world do we? Imperfect creatures in an imperfect world results in unpleasant actions that happen naturally.

        However, the difference between animals and mankind is that mankind rebelled against God and animals did not. Adam and Eve sinned out of will and thus we all inherited from them a sinful nature (tendencies or desires). This is evidenced by our primary tendency to sin, be selfish, or rebel. As a Christian it’s our duty to crucify our flesh and take control of ourselves (Galatians 2:20) and submit it to God (Romans 12:1). Animals however, aren’t in the same situation as we are, I believe that they were effected by the Fall of Man but I don’t believe they can sin against God by following their nature unlike humans. Animals (as far as we know) aren’t judged for their actions there for they aren’t held accountable for their actions as we are. This makes since being that mankind was the one sentient creation that God persued relationship with. Thus, we are not equal to animals in nature or accountability.

        Is it possible that we make sinful choices (as you say) because we are influenced by our sinful nature (as I say)? I believe both are true simultaneously.

        Romans 7:14-24
        …For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find…

        1Cr 15:22 – For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

        Concerning your use of John 9:41, it seems from the context that around verse 39 and on Jesus is speaking of being able to see your sin or not being able to see your sin (being blind) not the same as seeing Christ for who He is or being blinded aka deceived about His saving identity. The train of thought from 39 to 41 is confusing to me but I don’t believe it fits in this discussion.

      • I believe what we were discussing was this assertion that you made:

        “…We all choose to reject the truth due to our own sin nature…”

        In conjunction with your assertion that “the Devil” blinds people:

        “…So in verse 4 the unbelieving are identified as being blind to the truth of Christ, who blinded them? The Devil, and he did this so that “the light of the Gospel of Christ (would not) would shine on them”….”

        What I’m trying to establish is, where in scripture do the scriptures attribute unbelief to one’s “sin nature?”

        Where do they attribute blindness to “the Devil”?

        You refer to Ezekiel and Isaiah… but *completely* out of context.

        I’m not trying to harass you (fatigue you), but rather to compel you to examine your own assertions. Are you repeating tradition? Or scripture?

        You seem like a decent enough guy. Spend some time examining your posts *before* you post, and I won’t have to point out where the dross is. You’ll have already put the fire to them, and eliminated everything that can’t bear scrutiny:

        Psa 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

        Are your words *precise* or careless?

      • >What I’m trying to establish is, where in scripture do the scriptures attribute unbelief to one’s “sin nature?”

        Perhaps we don’t have to directly un-believe, we are born distanced from God, under sin and so are not atoned for until we come to the saving knowledge of Christ and so on. So it’s not a direct connection but where else would it come from when someone ignores or denies Christ but their sin nature? Unbelief sure doesn’t come from any righteous part of us (not that we even have such a thing).
        Isa 53:6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
        Rom 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

        >Where do they attribute blindness to “the Devil”?

        2Corinthians 4:4 Satan blinds people from the light of Christ
        1Thesallonians 2:25 Satan can keep people away from God as if they were trapped
        Matthew 12:26 Satan will not deliver someone from a demons influence
        2Thessalonians 2:9 Satan has power to make signs and lying wonders
        Revelation 20:10 Satan deceives people away from God
        2Corinthians 11:14 Satan deceives people by appearing as if from God
        Matthew 4:1-10 Satan skews scripture in an attempt to deceive
        John 10:10 Satan’s will is to steal, kill, and destroy what better way could he do that than to keep people from God?

        Sure, they don’t contain the word “blind” as you requested but the idea behind them is the same – Satan is active in deceiving (blinding if you will) people in a way that won’t truly or fully know God and ultimately so that they won’t get in to heaven. I simply propose in this blog to pray to God that He would hinder or stop Satan’s attempts in these things as Michael fought Satan with God’s authority in Jude 9. Satan is just a sore looser to me.

        I’d like to know now what you believe – what exactly does Satan do? does he play any part in some people being led astray away from God? What about sinful passions, thoughts, false teaching, or occult?

  6. >>>Perhaps we don’t have to directly un-believe, we are born distanced from God, under sin and so are not atoned for until we come to the saving knowledge of Christ and so on. So it’s not a direct connection…

    The concept of a “sinful nature” is not a scriptural one, and yet people all over the place have adopted it as a “core” teaching (like so many other traditions). For example, you say that you are “atoned for.” That is also not a scriptural usage. “People” are not “atoned for,” and Christ is never said to have “atoned” for anything. Again, a traditional, but unscriptural assertion. I hope to awaken your conscience so you will be aware when you are repeating a tradition, rather than faithfully expounding the text.

    >>>…but where else would it come from when someone ignores or denies Christ but their sin nature?

    Um, what “sin nature?” Why are you reasoning from a presupposition?

    >>>Unbelief sure doesn’t come from any righteous part of us (not that we even have such a thing).

    Are you saying that you are wicked?

    >>>Isa 53:6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

    Matthew says that this speaks of his healing ministry:

    Mat 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
    Mat 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses

    Of course, Matthew is reading the LXX (Greek). Which OT scriptures do you consider authoritative?

    >>>Rom 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

    But where is any of this attributed to a “sin nature”?

    >>>Sure, they don’t contain the word “blind” as you requested but the idea behind them is the same – Satan is active in deceiving (blinding if you will) people in a way that won’t truly or fully know God and ultimately so that they won’t get in to heaven.

    Deceiving is not blinding. Why are you equating them, in order to deflect the fact that the scriptures attributes “blinding” only to God (and to certain people, in judgment)? For example:

    Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

    And why do you think people have to “get in to heaven”? Don’t the scriptures say that God is going to live in the middle east forever?:

    Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

    Give Romans 4 a careful reading…

    >>>I simply propose in this blog to pray to God that He would hinder or stop Satan’s attempts in these things as Michael fought Satan with God’s authority in Jude 9. Satan is just a sore loser to me.

    Actually, Michael dared not even rebuke the adversary, and deferred to God:

    Jud 1:9 But even43 when Michael the archangel44 was arguing with the devil and debating with him45 concerning Moses’ body, he did not dare to bring a slanderous judgment, but said, “May the Lord rebuke you!”
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    Well you seem to have your mind in too much of a muddle to address this issue. Are you dealing with a “sin nature?” Are you dealing with “blindness caused by Satan”? Are you “fighting the Devil?”

    >>>I’d like to know now what you believe – what exactly does Satan do?

    I don’t know if I can reconcile all of the scriptures that refer to the adversary in one composite sketch:

    Mat_4:10; Mat_12:26; Mat_16:23; Mar_1:13; Mar_3:23; Mar_3:26; Mar_4:15; Mar_8:33; Luk_4:8; Luk_10:18; Luk_11:18; Luk_13:16; Luk_22:3; Luk_22:31; Joh_13:27; Act_5:3; Act_26:18; Rom_16:20; 1Co_5:5; 1Co_7:5; 2Co_2:11; 2Co_11:14; 1Th_2:18; 2Th_2:9; 1Ti_1:20; 1Ti_5:15; Rev_2:9; Rev_2:13; Rev_2:24; Rev_3:9; Rev_12:9; Rev_20:2; Rev_20:7;

    My basic profile is that he is an overzealous “District Attorney” (ala Javert), ever “over achieving” in his “ferreting out” the worst in people.

    >>>does he play any part in some people being led astray away from God? What about sinful passions, thoughts, false teaching, or occult?

    I certainly don’t profess to know everything, and I’m afraid I haven’t done the hard work to probe and plumb the various references, but I have seen that most of what people teach is pure bunk. For example, the Isaiah 14 and Ezek 28 passages have nothing whatsoever to do with the adversary, and yet they are the mainstay in how people build their portrait.

    I think you could probably teach me a great many things in this area, **if** you would restrict your assertions to things **explicitly** taught in scripture. (**Implicit** information is rarely useful). Traditions are even less useful.

  7. Consider the words “To the Hebrews” that said that they were “dull of hearing.” The message of the lord, he said, was “sharper than any double-edged blade.”

    And add this to the mix:

    2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [accurately distinguishing] the word of truth.

    What does it mean to be “dull of hearing” versus “accurately distinguishing?”

    Some people, dull of hearing, hear “electrical energy” and “nuclear energy” and only hear “energy.” They think they understand. But they have two completely different things to deal with, but do not distinguish. So they get all the facts wrong, and they put everyone in danger.

    “Confusion” is what happens when someone treats two or more distinct items as if they were the same thing.

    I like the quote by Spurgeon:

    “Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right.” -Charles Spurgeon

    I hope you have found this helpful.

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