C.S. Lewis once said that the smartest thing Satan ever did was convince mankind that he didn’t exist.
I agree wholeheartedly because not believing in Satan allows him to work behind the scenes and move amongst us undetected. We’re so busy putting blame on ourselves, our political leaders, other cultures or technology, we forget the one who is truly responsible.
Throughout time Satan has been a master at taking God’s truths, God’s gifts and blessings to us, and twisting them so slightly, we don’t even know they’ve been corrupted. For example, in the early days of Christianity, Gnosticism was a belief that was disavowed by the early church fathers. There were many reasons it was disavowed but the main one was they claimed Jesus was not human. If Jesus was not human then he did not suffer as a human. If he didn’t suffer for us then His sacrifice is lessened. The truth is, we were redeemed at a great price. Christ suffered and died for us and He did it willingly. It is the greatest gift and example humanity has ever seen.
In modern times we’re not free from Satan’s machinations. Marriage is a Christian ritual, a covenant bond between a man and a woman, created by God to exemplify the trinity. The perfect love between the Father and the Son created the Holy Spirit. A family. He gave us a little taste of heaven here on earth to show us what we have to look forward to and yet, the institution of marriage has been under attack for years and continues to be so.
God gave us another amazing gift. He made us co-creators with Him and allowed us the ability to bear children, to watch them grow and to love them as He loved us. And yet, this life-giving, grace-filled act has become an abomination, with mothers across the face of our country ending the lives of their children as easily as if they were warts to remove.
We’re surrounded by twisted truths and sometimes it seems that Satan is winning the battle. But that, too, is a lie. The truth is Jesus won the war when he climbed up on the cross. We are saved. We may lose battles along the way, many, many battles, but we need not lose hope. What’s important is that we fight the good fight and we can only do that through Jesus…who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” John 14:5