Thursday, July 07, 2005

Satan’s Claims

.... 'Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 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".'

(Luke 4:5-6)

.... Jesus told us that the devil is the father of lies, for he does not abide in the truth (John 8:44). Therefore let’s start by considering whether or not this claim is true, and let’s do so by seeing what God Himself has to say on the same subject:
.... "I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me."
(Jer 27:5)

.... ". . . till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses."
(Dan 4:25)

.... "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him."
(Col 1:15-16)

.... At first glance, there seems to be a conflict between what Satan claimed and what the rest of the Bible reveals as true. But some further definition will help resolve this:

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