Satan’s Losing Battle
The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.
Two Christians on a hike.
Whitney: Seeing all creation like this really makes me think about God and how incredible He is. It’s hard for me to imagine, sometimes, how anyone could be against God.
Aaron: You mean like atheists or Satan?
Whitney: I was thinking more of Satan. How could an angel turn against God?
Aaron: Back before Earth, when Satan turned against God, what do you think he thought he was going to do?
Whitney: What do you mean?
Aaron: I mean, do you think Satan really thought he could rise up against God and defeat Him?
Whitney: I assume so. Otherwise, why would he do it? Right there, that’s the part that doesn’t make sense to me. Satan was an angel, so he had to know God better than anyone. Why would someone who knew that God was omnipotent think that he could win any kind of fight with God? That’s like thinking you can defeat the ocean because you have a sponge.
Aaron: He thought he could win because he was so arrogant.
Whitney: Really? He was so arrogant that he thought he was more powerful than someone with unlimited power? That doesn’t sound like mere arrogance to me — that sounds like monumental stupidity.
Aaron: Satan isn’t stupid, and you have to remember that if you want to have any hope of defeating him. He’s just so sinfully prideful that it blinds him to what should obviously be true. It’s that sinful nature that got him banished from God’s sight for eternity.
Whitney: But he knows that in the end God is going to defeat him, right? I mean, it’s right there in the Bible.
Aaron: Satan won’t admit that he’s going to lose. He thinks the Bible’s wrong.
Whitney: Seriously? How can Satan think that an all-knowing God is wrong about something? That’s just not believable.
Aaron: Really, deep down, Satan knows that he’s doomed to lose, but he tells himself that it isn’t true. He’s pushing aside what he knows deep inside. It’s just like atheists — they know in their heart that God exists, but they lie to themselves so that they can live without fear of sin. Satan’s the same way. He knows in his heart that he can’t defeat God, but he’s deluding himself.
Whitney: Satan rebelled against God just like atheists do, and they both deny that there will be consequences.
Whitney: Will wonders never cease.
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