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And The Survey Said
April 24, 2009
-------And The Survey Said------
The quotes below are from an article written in www.christianpost.com and my comments are below the quotes.
"Nearly six out of ten Christians either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with the statement that Satan "is not a living being but is a symbol of evil," the survey found."
I find this statement stunning because for a Christian to not believe that Satan is real would require that person to deny the literal word of God.
What will these people do with the stories from scripture that has Satan testing Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days or the story of Job in which Satan is allowed by God to take everything from Job but his life? Or what about Jesus saying he saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven in Luke 10:18? Or what about the scripture that states that Satan entered Judas in John 13:27? Why would Jesus bind Satan for a thousand years if he wasn't real?
The word Satan is used 49 times in the Bible. Satan has other names mentioned in scripture. Revelation 12:10 calls him our "Accuser". "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night."
Revelation also calls Satan "the great dragon". Rev. 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
The word devil is used in scripture 57 times. However, devil does not always refer to Satan as it used sometimes in reference to evil spirits or demons.
There are many who called themselves Christian but they are not true believers. A true Christian would know scripture and would recognize that Satan is more than a just a symbol of evil. To say that Satan is merely a "symbol of evil" illustrates an ignorance of God's word.
The quote below shows how inconsistent these "Christians" are in their beliefs.
"Interestingly, the majority of Christians believe a person can be under the influence of spiritual forces, such as demons or evil spirits, even though many of these same people believe Satan is merely a symbol of evil. Two out of three Christians agreed that such forces are real (39 percent agreed strongly, 25 percent agreed somewhat)."
This is an interesting contradiction. While 60% of surveyed "Christians" believe Satan is just a symbol of evil, 64% believe in the reality of evil spirits. It would seem that the source of their information is the media (shows like Hauntings, Ghost Hunters, Medium and so on influencing the beliefs of our culture) rather than the Holy Bible. And who is the media controlled by? Satan because he is the god of this age.
According to scripture both Satan and evil spirits exist.
The next quote is even more astounding.
"Likewise, most Christians in the United States do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a living force. Fifty-eight percent strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement that the Holy Spirit is "a symbol of God's power or presence but is not a living entity."
I actually did an article on some of the attributes of the Holy Spirit a few issues ago called The Indwelling
Scripture says that Jesus was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit in Matthew 1:20. It was the Holy Spirit which descended on Jesus like a dove in Luke 3:22. For true believers, our body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit dwells within us until the day of our redemption. It is the Holy Spirit that guides into the truth of God's word. We are drawn to God by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit and we are sealed by the Holy Spirit when we put our trust in the redemptive work of Christ. Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as our "comforter".
God could not be a complete God without the the Holy Spirit nor could we be complete human beings without our spirit.
For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 1 John 5:7
God is a triune being just like man is. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God and is equivalent to the spirit that resides in man. It is a part of God not just a symbol of power. It is power.
Why are today's Christians so ignorant of God's word? The answer is simple. They don't read it. They rely on the media or preachers to get their scripture then spend the rest of the week chasing after worldly things which only pass away.
I admonish all who read this to read the Holy Bible for yourself. It is full of the supernatural.
Copyright 2009 by Gary Goodworth
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