If I Were Satan
I recently witnessed a person claim to accept salvation. They had a good cry and went through all the emotional nonsense that I typically see when people “make that decision”. What they don’t realize is that I know them better than they think. They came to the cross out of pressure, but with no change in their heart born out of real belief. They’re not fooling me though! I’ve been at this since the beginning of mankind’s existence. Many have heard the truth and made public show out of it but inside they remained in doubt, unbelieving. This is a dangerous period for them as they’re surrounded by the enemy and still vulnerable to receiving from them that truth which could lead to real salvation. This situation must be immediately brought under my control!
First, I need to make them afraid to speak about the truth. I’ll begin the process by exposing them as witnesses to a barrage of attacks from my followers on other believers. Being only a witness to these attacks keeps their guard down, making it easier to get my lies through to them. They’ll intently listen to every word spoken and won’t know what to do with it. It only requires a tiny dose of fear and uncertainty to bring about a little doubt. It doesn’t take a whole lot of that before I can have them second-guessing the very truth they’re trying so pathetically to cling to. This doubt will muddy their understanding of what they claim to believe, making them reluctant to speak out, and it’ll open them up to small servings of my ideas. Unless they’re already really weak, at this stage my goal is just to prepare their backs for a little sliding. The best is yet to come.
I have limited power to harm them so in my next stage, I’ll instead help them harm themselves. I’ll use my followers to tempt them to lies, greed, drunkenness, sexual perversion or any other sin I’ve observed them doing in the past. Stuck in the same body with the same old appetites, this sort of attack is so easy and effective. All I need is for them to slip up once – that’s just a matter of time – and I’ll have enough to work with. When they’re alone, I’ll remind them of all the wrong they’ve done. When they’re trying to rest, I’ll attack their thoughts. My whispers they’ll perceive as their own ideas. The overwhelming guilt and shame will begin to eat at their infantile concept of grace and forgiveness. I have long known that human’s emotions can be much louder than truth, so I’ll use that to my advantage. With enough patience and persistence, I can use their own sin to drive an emotional wedge between them and the one who actually paid the price for it. They’ll grow uncomfortable in this new life they claim to have as it works in such contrast to the way they really want to live – my way. On their own, they’ll begin to separate themselves from those who shared the truth with them. Drawn away from the enemy, that’s precisely the moment I’ll send in one of my own people to be a friend and comforter to them. My follower will say to them whatever I want and it’ll be considered as reasonable advice. I’ll use distractions of all kinds to consume their free time so that they won’t have a moment of quiet to think about and question what I’m feeding them. These distractions will start out innocently at first but that’s just to get them to drop their guard a little more. One by one, I’ll start reintroducing those sins I know they enjoyed in the past and I’ll make sure they have plenty of my friends to help them enjoy it again. It won’t take long before I’ll have them eating out of my hand. All of my strategies will work as long as I can keep their minds away from seeking the truth behind my lies. A constant stream of pleasure, and the bit of guilt that follows, is especially effective in separating them from a Bible or time spent in dangerous thought. That Bible they have will soon become nothing more than a dust collector in their home and, if I’m really good, I might even be able to get them to hide it in a closet or the bottom of a shelf so that they can feel more comfortable. Keep them away from any source of truth! I need to convince them that all that they’ve done wrong is unforgivable and that the “mistakes” they keep making (my favorite part) will keep them from ever being close to God again. I need them to think God is very angry with them. Some are more resistant to that lie than others so to deal with that, I make some preparations to ensure they fall the right way.
I have an old tactic but it’s a really good one that has proven effective since the dawn of mankind: Using someone close to them, a close friend or loved one, I’ll cause a deep hurt. Whatever the offense – it’s irrelevant – I’ll saturate their thought life with it. At every pause in their day, I’ll fill it with replays and dialogs of what happened. They’ll start thinking up things they should have said and things they want to do. Anger is in play now, followed closely by bitterness. With this small fire in their heart I can fan it into a roaring flame. As long as it remains well-fed, hatred and unforgiveness will completely replace any good sentiment they use to have for that person.
Emotions now rule their mind, making them perfectly vulnerable to the final stage in my plan to ruin them. Under the weight of their failed relationship, they’ll accept the lie that forgiveness of their offender is impossible. As a result, they’ll project their own resolute unforgiveness into their waning concept of God and His willingness to forgive. I’ll use that to eat away at any remaining concept they might have of God’s ability to forgive them of the sins I’ve been helping them commit. God, to them, is now a bitterly angry overseer who, like them, cannot forgive the things they’ve been doing or the things done to them. Anger in their heart will bring about a deep depression which will eventually blossom into outright rebellion. In this new state, they’ll feel judged and angry at any mention of a savior. As a means to escape all of this, they’re willing now to fully accept my lies as truth. I’ll send to them new friends of a like mind to feed them bigger lies. “God doesn’t exist”, is among my favorite lies as it reduces all aspects of His grace to filth and it helps them overcome any guilt from doing whatever their flesh desires. No longer satisfied with “accidentally” sinning, they now hunger for all I have to give them. Their minds are so veiled that they can’t even see what I’ve done to them. They think this new freedom to do as they please will bring them happiness and so I’ll help them to that destruction. Carnal opportunities that they’ve never had will begin pouring into their life. New levels of social acceptance will encourage them in believing that they’ve had it all wrong their whole life; their belief in God was misplaced and foolish. Their human pride takes over from here, making them bold in speaking out against God and anyone who believes in Him. They’ll proudly share with others their experience with “religion” as anecdote to the failings of a man-made, antiquated system of ideas that nearly had them believing. They’re so blinded now that when the consequences of their sins begin to take hold of their lives, they’ll blame everyone else but me. Rather than turning from what’s been causing the torment in their life – me – they look for more of it in different ways, hoping it will change the way they feel. Lambs to slaughter!
They’ve fled from the light and I’m here to give them the darkness in which they crave to hide.
This has been one of the hardest and yet easiest things to write. Hard, because I know too many people who are currently living in some stage of what satan does to keep them from knowing the peace and joy that comes from having a relationship with God. Easy because we, as humans, are not inherently good. We are prone to sin and it is natural for us to live in a fallen state. As such, to think in such terms, as is required to write from the perspective of my enemy, comes without much effort.
I decided to write this post out of response to my own conflict of focus on what I do with what gifts and talents, in whatever measure, God has given me. Do I, by posting photos made to the best of my ability, seek self-glorification through my website? I think yes. Seems to me I am neglecting a far greater commission for the sake of my own pride. While I’m not at all saying it is wrong to share photos with you – quite the opposite – should I not also make use of the publicity of this website to occasionally share some things of far greater value? I believe so. By that reasoning then, I intend to occasionally intersperse within the content of my website some truly worthwhile stuff.
Please understand that I recognize that some of these things may stand in contrast to what you presently believe and that it is no agenda of mine to judge you for that. In fact, it is the Truth that I am not your judge and I should not live, think, speak or write in a manner that presents myself as self-righteous or better than you because I am not. That, however, is not to say that I accept all that people do, rather I accept all the people that do them.
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Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.
-Romans Chapter 3, verses 19-28