Following is a comment I received from a Satanist on one of my posts and my answer to him.
Is it the case that Christianity casts all human individuals as “evil” to place the individual into a lifetime of servitude proving themselves as “good”? In Satan there is no such thing as good/evil.
Christianity itself casts no one as evil. Christianity is merely a term for those who follow Christ and has no authority to assign status or blame.
As far as “evil” goes consider this: Luke 18:19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is, God
Instead of “evil” look at “good”…NO one is good except God alone. That means that regardless of who and what we are as a person, we are not good. We have all sinned, broken God’s laws. We are of course speaking of “good” in God’s eyes here, not whether or not a particular person is a good person or not. We all know people we think are good people; that is not in view here. God’s standard of “good” is His own, perfection.
Have you ever lied? Or stolen something even a pencil? Ever hated someone? Then you have broken God’s commandments and have sinned. “I don’t know God’s commandments” some will say. Well what about your conscience? Who do you suppose gave you a conscience? No matter the persons race, where they live, or their religious affiliation or lack thereof…all people have a conscience. It is that inner feeling that when you have done something wrong, you know it and feel it. That is your conscience, God’s law written on your heart.
Serving Jesus is a choice that the individual person makes. God makes no one serve Him. Regardless of how well an individual serves God that does not make that person “good”. As was mentioned before no one is good except God. I can be the best servant there ever was to God; I still will not be “good”.
Although we are not “good”, we are made acceptable in the sight of God; we have nothing whatsoever to do with this new perception that God the Father has of us however. There is not one thing I can do, not one that will cause my Father in heaven to look upon me as “good” or acceptable to Him. God’s standard for us is perfection because He is perfect. Obviously none of us can meet that expectation.
So since we can’t meet God’s standard for perfection all is lost correct? We have no hope of heaven. This would be the logical conclusion and the one fostered by Satan but nonetheless it is incorrect. Let us keep in view here that what Satan does best is lie and deceive and that includes “Christians”.
So how can I be made “acceptable” in God’s eyes? ONLY through acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. You see; when a person accepts Jesus as Savior receiving forgiveness for sin, a miraculous thing happens. Although I as a person have sinned, and will continue to sin as I cannot possibly reach the state of perfection that is required by God, God the Father sees in me the perfection of His Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ had a perfect slate, no sins…the only perfect man to ever live. Yes Jesus was and is God, but chose to live as one of us to experience what we do but never sinned. So when a person chooses to accept Christ as their personal Savior in effect Jesus says here, I will take your slate filled with checkmarks (sins) and give you mine, which is clean. This then is what the Father sees…Jesus perfect and clean slate instead of your own slate of sin. How can this be?
Jesus chose to die on the cross and pay the penalty we all owe God for sinning so that we do not have to…death. This is referring to spiritual death not physical death meaning being separated from God forever. This is pretty serious; all are under the dominion of the Living God no exceptions and this includes Satan who was created by God. Satan in the beginning was a high-ranking angel of God remember before deciding that he wanted God’s glory for himself.
So we have established that all have sinned and there is no hope of heaven without accepting Christ as Lord and Savior. What is the alternative? Plainly spoken the alternative is eternity in hell, which is where Satan and the demons will be. It will NOT be fun and a big party. Hell will be a place of pain, torment, and unhappiness forever without end. Sounds awful right, and how could God do such a thing if He is loving? Answer; God did not do this, you as a person will do it to yourself. Refusal to accept Jesus is accepting eternity in hell. God is a gentleman, He will in no way force a person to accept Him. Anyone is free to NOT choose God, but then remember you have chosen to reside in hell for all eternity. When a person meets God at the end of days whom has not accepted Christ, God will say to that person…your will be done not mine. The person that lived life refusing to accept God; that choice will simply be honored by God for all eternity.
Satan; I could write a book about him. Of course there is no distinction between good and evil as that would be counter-productive to Satan’s designs. Let us look at a few verses here:
Luke 4:3-8 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ” 5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ “
James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.
Luke 4:33-34 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, 34 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are–the Holy One of God!”
Obviously the demons and Satan himself know who Jesus is; that Jesus is God.
Just as obvious Satan desires people to live in any way that they choose; to do anything a person wishes to do whenever they desire to do it. If a person chooses to live their life any way they see fit, then that person will not be in heaven for eternity and that is Satan’s main goal. If Satan can deceive a person into thinking that they can be their own “god”, then he has won the battle with that person. Trying to be “god” is all about serving self, exalting self and seeing to self’s needs regardless of the cost to others.
On the surface Satanism is self-serving; it is all about “me”, but that is the least dangerous part of it. The deeper levels of it are much more serious and involve actual worship of Satan (which he desires) and many evil practices as well like animal sacrifice and blood rites.
Satanism has one main objective no matter a person’s interpretation of it, forsaking God who is Satan’s enemy. Hell was created for Satan and his demons; those that choose to forsake God will join Satan and the demons there.
Lastly, being ones own “god”, and there being no distinction between good and evil in Satanism accomplishes one thing. A person choosing this is not answerable to anyone but self and Satan knows this. Do not be deceived…Satan himself understands the difference between good and evil. Each person understands this as well; don’t believe this? Then why does your conscience bother you when you do certain things if there is no distinction between good and evil? Satan does not want anyone to understand that difference because then a person may realize that they have been lied to by Satan and that in Christ there is hope. A person may then realize that they ARE answerable to someone (God) and turn to God and be forgiven and healed and given new life in Christ.
Choose life…choose Jesus
Related post: What does it mean to have a seared conscience?
About the author: Greg is a strong believer in Jesus Christ and is also a political analyst, author, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the National War Council. By day he is a self-employed non-emergency medical transport driver, as well as being an author and blogger. His articles are first published on Inspirational Christian Blogs, and I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ! From there the articles are widely published on many well-known conservative websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so leaving all links intact and crediting the author and the website that the article appeared on.
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