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Satan’s Not the Problem

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Dana Carvey and the ‘Church Lady’ sketches always made me laugh, especially when she referenced Satan. During a Christmas-themed December broadcast, using a magnetic spelling board, she rearranged letters spelling “Santa” to reveal “Satan.” There are a lot of serious Christians who do the same thing. Satan isn’t behind everything. We give him way too much credit.

C.S. Lewis wrote this about the devils in the Preface to The Screwtape Letters (1942):

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.

I’m certainly no literary competitor to Lewis, but I believe there is another error, and that is to pin everything on the devil. He’s only one fallen angel who has no more power than any other angel.

Rick Santorum’s 2008 speech about Satan is getting a lot of attention by the media. Here is some of what Santorum said:

“Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.”

“This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country — the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age? There is no one else to go after other than the United States and that has been the case now for almost 200 years, once America’s preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers.”

Here’s my problem with his comments. He should not have blamed Satan; he should have blamed those who have steadily taken our freedoms away, weakened our resolve, broken our economy, spent us into debt, created millions of hopeless dependants, wrecked our education system, and left us disillusioned about the future.

Santorum let our nation’s political, social, and cultural saboteurs off the hook by blaming Satan. There are sinister forces at work in America, and they don’t need Satan to exact their will on us. They’re to blame, and that’s where Santorum and the other candidates should focus their attention. This is how the book of James makes the case:

“But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death” (James 1:14–15).

The lust for power in fallen creatures is man’s great sin. Today’s institutional leaders believe they can be gods if given enough power, control, and money. It’s up to us to show them that they are wrong.

Let’s not give these guys a way out by giving them Flip Wilson’s Geraldine Jones defense: “The Devil made me do it.” No he didn’t. You did.

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    • Anonymous

      The question is,who is behind all evil works?It would have to be satan,cause it sure isn’t GOD.Satan is the father of lies,and this cabal worships satan,that is their father.There is only 2 ways.GOOD or EVIL,HOT or COLD,so saying that,If GOD hand no hand in it,then. Who did? SATAN

    • Simply a Man

      I see it as everything is only lukewarm. Hot and Cold mixed together. As suggested by the article its not all Satan’s fault or Gods for that matter, but our own inability to understand our reality. If God is the light and Satan is absence of light being darkness, we are in a state of twilight, some of both. If you don’t seek the light you get lost in the darkness. Why suffer in darkness? Don’t blame the darkness, its your choice, seek the light! We like to blame others and not be responsible ourselves.

    • mikesfreedomblog

      There is no boogieman, and there is no god. The current problems are due to sheep like you voting in all these Republican and Democrat morons who do not uphold the Constitution. Vote every incumbent out this cycle and realize you are master of your own destiny, you do not need to live in a perpetual cloud of guilt. If it feels good do it, it is not harmful to another.
      God and the bible are tools used to control the sheep.

    • building 5

      Satan IS the problem.

    • Anonymous

      Jeez, I wash, shave, feed and brush the teeth of the old bastard every morning and evening. There is nothing more angelic than human nature, evil or heavenly.

      Michael Kirkby

    • HereAmI

      “….And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country — the United States of America…..”
      Sorry? America ? There must be some mistake. America is Satan’s homeland. America is the most disgusting botch on the face of the planet. Bar none.

    • oladyinashu

      America is a harlot, she rides the Hollywood Beast, but only some of her sheeple are very good people,i.e.
      ‘The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things: and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: the LORD of hosts is his name.’

      But the likes of those who would be into occultism, freemasonry,skull and bone, any secret society, Are Satanic, and She America is divided. Most average Americans have no idea what their government is rogue and directly responsible for most of the misery on Planet Earth. That’s part of the problem.

      2 The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.
      43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man pass thereby.
      44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow together any more unto him; yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall.

      So… I guess when God destroys Manhattan Island, The evil spirit that lives there, no more will they say ‘the devil made me do it’.

    • TimOsman

      Zionist “so called joos” worship Saturn Satan in the BROTHERHOOD.

      Technically he was correct, enemies within are dual citizens and children of Satan .

      Just look at Bernie Madoff, he isn’t even near top of pyramid scheme like Fed Reserve & Goldman Sachs who are untouchables unlike Madoff and his son hung with a dog collar

    • Anonymous

      Santorum reminds me of my ultra brainwashed friends in Arkansas.They were sitting around the garage and one of them said my alternator busted and I just bought it.The other fellow say’s,”Yep,Satan works in mysterious ways”.I really thought they were joking.When I realized they weren’t,I quickly came up with an excuse to leave before I lost precious brain cells.I still chuckle when I think of that conversation.Uneducated primates,gotta love’em.

    • Divine Intervention

      Our species was created by god. Our souls were created by God. Don’t confuse the two.

      The Bible god is Eklil according to the Summerians.

      Eklil said you will worship no other gods before me.

      The elites who rule this world were left in place by the gods.

      The gods want us dumb for they know we are a threat once we learn the truth.

      The elites are the great evil in league with the Church.

      Seek and you will know.

    • mikesfreedomblog

      thank you, the entire concept og god is a farce pulled over the eyes of an ignorant people by advanced beings, and some of thge people are still fooled. WAKE THE HELL UP!! THERE IS NO GOD OD [email protected]!

    • Electrolux

      From the Bible’s demonstration of the Devil he is portrayed as a Tempter. He tempts humans to act in un compassionate or selfish ways. We either perform these selfish acts for our own self gratification or we refuse to practice selfishness. We are in charge and we create an environment of selfishness and greed (like our present one) or one of compassionate consideration for the “other” guy. The world is what ever we have made it or will make it.

      To blame the Devil or anyone else for our own creation of selfishness and the consequence that arise directly from those actions is delusional and cowardly. And more importantly we can never become conscious beings who have free and viable minds.

      The Bible doesn’t teach that the devil can force us into sin. If the U.S. is a sinful country it is because it is filled with people who practice self indulgence on a very large and self gratifying scale. The “mind” can practice anything and generate all kinds of consequences good or bad. But it is We who chose our own practice in life. What ever you do or think or not do or not think is a practice and you will generate consequences from it. All around us in nature can be observed causes and effects. Do we think that we have no effect on the world around us?

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