The following is a fictitious interview with Satan. While
written from an entertaining viewpoint, the message is as
serious as it gets.
Christian: Good evening, and thanks for joining us. I’m
your host – Christian Knight, and joining us tonight is the
father of lies, the god of this world, the Prince of
Darkness, Beelzebub, Lucifer, the evil one – Satan. Satan,
thanks for coming on the program to take the heat.
I’m only too happy to be here, Chri-…Chri-…Mr. Knight.
Christian: Satan, you have more nicknames than Rocky
Balboa, but I want to focus in on “the father of lies.” Can
you comment on this one?
Satan: Sure, sure.
Actually, that’s one of my favorites.
No, not really. I’m lying. But it is an appropriate name.
God loves all of you people so much, it’s sickening. The
best way to get back at Him is to keep His people from Him.
And I’ve found the best way to keep people from Him is the
lie. I had such success with it in the Garden of Eden, that
it’s been my primary weapon ever since.
Christian: Why is the lie such an effective weapon for you?
Satan: Well, primarily
because I can make people think they’re being good or going
to heaven, and that’s what most people want. There are a
few lunatics that worship me openly, but they’re a fringe
group – nobody listens to them. If I can misdirect you and
make you think you’re doing the right thing, then you’re
mine! It’s kind of like following an illusion of an oasis
in a desert. I provide the illusion, and it works almost
Christian: And you say this has been effective?
Satan: Oh, very much so.
With lies and deception, I can get a few people to follow my
mirage, and they in turn will direct others there. It saves
me a lot of work in the long run.
Christian: Can you give me some examples of what you’re
talking about – from real life, please don’t beat that oasis
analogy to death.
Well, as I mentioned earlier, the lie I told Eve in the
Garden of Eden. I appealed to her pride, and told her she
could be like God if she ate of the forbidden fruit. She
bought it! Then, to illustrate the perpetuation of the lie,
SHE suckered Adam into believing the lie as well! That
caused the fall of mankind, what I believe to be my crowning
Christian: So the lie perpetuates without being continually
fed by you, is that what you’re saying?
That’s exactly right. Oh sure, from time to time I’ll have
one of my demons fan the flames, but it’s not a burdensome
Christian: Can you give me other examples of note?
Sure, plenty. Let me hit just a few though. I started
Islam and Mormonism basically the same way. In each case, I
picked a young idealist who was yearning for more (in these
cases I picked Muhammad and Joseph Smith, Jr.) and appeared
to him “as an angel of light”. So see, my lies go beyond
the verbal. I use visual deception as well. Then I used my
demons of pride and blasphemy to let them know that all men
can be gods. [chuckling] Boy, Smith really ran with the
ball on that one. Both of those perpetuated well. The
original “prophets” of those religions picked good disciples
to carry my lie to new levels. Now Islam is one of the
world’s largest religions, and Mormonism is one of the
Christian: So you –
Don’t interrupt! I’m just getting started. By the way, you
have a button missing from your blazer.
Christian: [looks down]
Satan: [laughing] I got ya
with another lie! Oh, I love the little “white” ones too.
Anyway, the New Age Movement is my fertile field right now.
Not all of the groups claim to be “New Age” but they are.
Scientology, for example. They’re as New Age as they come,
but they deny it. The New Agers have bought my same, old
recycled lie: the promise of godhood. I’ve got them
believing that they’re on one step of the evolutionary
ladder, and the next step is to develop their “Christ
consciousness” and become gods themselves. It has been
tremendously effective. Your United Nations is full of New
Agers who see the religions of the world as being divisive.
I’ve told them that the only hope for world peace is to
break down religious walls and divisions. Under the
auspices of the United Religions Initiative, they’ll
eventually be looking to create a one-world religion that is
Christian: How would you characterize the people you’ve
deceived with these lies?
Oh, most of them are people just like you -- Do-gooders who
would serve God as good as me if they’d had the chance.
Look at the tools I’ve used with them: developing a
Christ-consciousness, being inclusive rather than divisive,
aspiring for unity among all peoples. These are noble
goals! I even have some of these people (Mormons included)
believing they’re worshipping Jehovah God.
Christian: So what kept them from serving God instead of
Satan: To be honest (I hate
that), no one reached them for God first. These people were
searching for truth, and I had to race to get to them before
the Christians did. These days though, I can kind of take
my time. The Christians aren’t nearly as evangelical as
they once were. There are exceptions, of course, but I have
most Christians content to stay inside their church
buildings where they can filter out the real world through
Christian: Is that your doing? I mean, are you
responsible for the lack of evangelism and discipleship in
course! Many Christians provide themselves and each other
with too much prayer cover for me to penetrate. There are
others though, who allow enough of a crack for my demons to
penetrate. It doesn’t take a lot, either. I have my demons
of pride, arrogance, fear, and doubt covering the Christian
crowd. Overall, it’s been fairly effective in keeping most
of them behind church walls where they belong.
Christian: Could you comment on the growing popularity of
ecumenism and universalism among the various denominations
Hehehe… did you like that? Yep, that was me. Once again, I
used fear and pride. I approached these people with the lie
that their strict adherence to the Bible was old-fashioned
and divisive. I told them that the only way to build
bridges and bring about some global unity would be to change
with the times. Now a lot of them feel that it is arrogant
to think that other religions are wrong. They feel that
certain sins, such as homosexuality, only applied to a
forgotten time and an old culture. That’s why you see a
growing acceptance of homosexuality and other sinful
behavior in these churches. The Unitarians Universalists
are too afraid to even have a creed, for fear of excluding
somebody. Once again, I dangled a carrot of good intentions
in front of them to get them to compromise their strict
Christian: Right now, I’d like you to play devil’s advocate
for a bit.
[grinning] Who better than me to fulfill that obligation?
Christian: Yea, yea, no pun was intended. How should
Christians protect themselves against your lies?
Well, I only tell you this because I doubt this will do
anybody any good. The ones I have so easily deceived were
not very familiar with the Bible. Most of them had read
some of it, but they didn’t study it. Consequently, they
weren’t familiar enough with the truth to recognize a lie
when they heard it. Furthermore, the Bible even says that I
can appear as an angel of light. More than a few should
have read that part. Now contrast that with the Bereans.
Have you heard of them?
Christian: I recall that in Acts chapter 17 it says, let me
find it here [thumbing through the Bible]…oh, here we go,
verse 11 “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than
the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great
eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if
what Paul said was true.” Is this what – Satan, where did
Satan: [walking in from
offstage] Sorry about that. I can’t stand to be around when
scripture is read. Anyway, yes – those Bereans. They were
a tough lot. Many is the time that my demons and I have
been rebuffed by someone who is familiar enough with the
Bible to recognize our lies. I send out many false prophets
to spread these lies, but only those who examine and study
the scriptures are able to recognize them for who and what
Christian: So your recommendation to Christians would be to
study their Bibles and be prayerful in order to discern
truth and recognize your lies.
No, my recommendation would be to stop being so divisive and
exclusionary with your Bibles and see that truth is
Christian: That’s a lie. Remember, I asked you to play
devil’s advocate. Let’s change that, be God’s advocate
Satan: Well, okay. No one
watches your lame program anyway. To protect themselves
from my lies, you Christians should study your Bible daily
and pray often. In order to reach the unsaved before I do,
you must be willing to face the world OUTSIDE of the stained
glass windows, and carry the truth to these people to make
disciples of them.
Christian: Well, thanks for being so honest.
How do you know I was being honest?
Christian: [smiling] I read my Bible, and have been praying
Well, can’t win them all. If you let your guard down
though, I’ll get you.
Christian: Well, that’s about all the time we have today.
Please join us next week when Michael the archangel will
take time from his busy schedule to be on the show.
Ugh… what a bore. I’m glad you didn’t have him here today,
or I would have –
Christian: Satan, your time is up. One prayer is all it
would take to get Michael down here now.
Satan: That’s it,
I’m outta here! [disappears in a poof of vile, acrid smoke]
"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you." -- James 4:7
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