In the 70’s we were told that Rock music was Satan’s tongue. Then in the 80’s came the advent of “Christian rock,” loud music featuring electric guitar solos and driving drum beats with lyrics promoting the Gospel.
In the past 24 hours I have encountered two polar opposite opinions. There’s this guy:
Most people believe that Satan appeared in the Garden of Eden as a serpent and tempted Eve to commit sin. Some point out, however, that the Genesis account does not directly identify the serpent as Satan, and others will actually argue against the serpent being Satan. So am I knowing and willfully opening this potential Pandora’s box? Oh yeah.
I suggest beginning with a read of Genesis 3. In verse 15, God speaks of enmity between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman. This makes little sense if God is speaking to a mere serpent. But if the seed of woman is a veiled reference to the Son of Man, i.e. Jesus who is the Christ, then this is the first prophesy of the Messiah. Continue reading
We’re studying the Gospel of Mark in our Sunday morning small group, and my wife was fascinated by one of the stories in chapter one. As this person possessed by a demon is approached by Jesus, he identifies Jesus and asks why he is there. Jesus at once commands his silence, then casts out the unclean spirit. This event was early in his ministry, and Jesus didn’t want anyone blabbing out who he really was just yet. On at least one occasion, Jesus will instruct those just healed to tell no one what has happened. The interested thing, though, is that the demonic spirit knew immediately that Jesus was the Holy One of God when he saw him. Many people would listen to the sermons, see the signs and wonders, and still not believe. Jesus would read from the prophets, have long talks with leaders such as Nicodemus, and still people would walk away puzzled not knowing what to believe. But any demon or unclean spirit Jesus encountered at once knew who he was, and often questioned if they were to be punished before the time. We should not be surprised at their apparent knowledge.
Jesus exists from everlasting to everlasting with God. The Nicene Creed describes him as being the eternally begotten Son of God. Before their fall from grace, the angelic beings worshipped God (and his Son) in heaven. Consider also the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the wilderness. The devil can quote scripture, no doubt. And just why was he offering Jesus all this stuff anyway? He knew that by following God’s plan, Jesus could ruin all of his plans. Herod had tried to kill Jesus as an infant, now Satan would attempt to derail his ministry just as it was beginning. Just because someone believes in God or knows scripture doesn’t make them a true believer. This is illustrated by James 2:19 that says “…even the devils believe and shudder.” They know the scripture, the prophesies, and even the God that created them better than we do.