Make a Donation
About The Author
Holy Day Calendar
Free Online Bibles
Bible Reading Plan
|Get Daily Bible Study on Facebook||Get Daily Bible Study on Twitter Follow @WayneBlank|
Thursday, July 28 2011
Is Satan An Atheist?
The mind of humans, some humans, is the only place in the universe where doubt or denial of God happens. Even mindless, non-living objects, by their very existence and unfailing (and unfailable) obedience to the laws of "nature" (which actually means the "essential qualities or characteristics of any living or inanimate object" that were the essence of Creation, not a rebellious "nature" that it has taken on for itself) proclaim God's existence.
"148:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 148:3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 148:4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created." (Psalm 148:1-5 KJV)
"Dumb" animals don't deny God's existence.
"12:7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: 12:8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. 12:9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? 12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." (Job 12:7-10 KJV)
Demons aren't atheists or agnostics.
"2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." (James 2:19 KJV)
Only Humans Become Atheists Or Agnostics
Satan isn't an atheist or an agnostic either. Satan knows without any doubt what-so-ever that God exists. Satan (which means accuser) knows that he was created by God, by the name of Lucifer (which means light bringer), as righteous and free to choose to remain wise, or to become very foolish. He chose wrong, which led to his doing wrong. Satan's rebellion against God happened when his God-given wisdom had degenerated into arrogance.
"14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
The lamentation to the king of Tyre is dual; no king of Tyre was ever a cherub in Eden. It describes an arrogant man, but it also describes arrogant Satan who decided to ignore his Creator.
"28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him,
When Satan incited the first humans to continue his rebellion, he did so by encouraging them to ignore God - who Satan said existed! He appealed to their vanity to make themselves equal or above God, to live their lives as though God didn't exist. But notice that the first sinners weren't atheists - they were rebels driven by vanity and covetousness for one's self ("it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired"). Atheism came later when human vanity degenerated further into human arrogance. That's the reason that the Word of God places such emphasis on humility - not meaning for humans to make themselves low, but to not make themselves bigger than they are.
"3:1 Now the serpent [see also Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent?] was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
God's church (which literally means God's people) are to love everyone, and to welcome everyone, who have chosen to repent and believe in God - even when they're struggling to free themselves of that spirit of doubt and denial. We are however admonished to not allow anyone's unbelief to influence us to return to the dead-end unbelieving world that we've left behind. The Bible word for "church" literally means called out ones, so that, according to God's Promise, "ye shall be My sons and daughters." "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?" isn't meant to leave anyone behind - it's meant as an encouragement for everyone to become a true believer, and for them to leave their self-destructive unbelief behind, for "what communion hath light with darkness?"
"6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Fact Finder: How can people free themselves of the spirit of vanity and arrogance that blocks them from seeing God?
This Day In History, July 28
1364: The Battle of Cascina between forces of the Republic of Pisa and those of the Republic of Florence.
1540: King Henry VIII of England married Catherine Howard, his fifth wife.
1586: The first potatoes arrived in England from Colombia. They were brought by English astronomer Sir Thomas Harriot (who was the first man to makes sketches of the moon as viewed through a telescope).
1615: French explorer Samuel de Champlain discovered Lake Huron on his seventh voyage to the New World.
1656: The Battle of Warsaw in the First Northern War began when Charles X of Sweden invaded Poland.
1771: During a plague outbreak, Ambrose, archbishop of Moscow, was murdered by a mob after he removed an "Christian" idol that he realized was somehow a source of the plague; the people who were coming to pray to the idol to end the plague, became sick of the plague themselves. The people's kissing and touching of the idol, as well as their close gathering around it, was in fact spreading the plague.
1794: Maximilien Robespierre was guillotined with four political allies. Known as "The Incorruptible," he played a leading role in the French Revolution and launched the "Reign of Terror."
1809: The British under Sir Arthur Wellesley defeated the French under Marshal Victor at the Battle of Talavera, southwest of Madrid.
1821: Peru declared itself independent of Spain.
1835: King Louis Napoleon of France survived an assassination attempt by Giuseppe Maria Fleschi, who rigged 25 guns together and fired them all with the pull of a single trigger.
1858: The first use of fingerprints as a means of identification was made by William Herschel of the Indian Civil Service at Jungipur in India. He took the print of Rajyadhar Konai on the back of a contract.
1914: Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia after the June 28 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. This led to further declarations of war, leading to the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1932: The "Bonus March" protest in Washington D.C. by destitute U.S. Army war veterans was crushed by active-duty troops under the command of George Patton and Douglas MacArthur, both of whom became famous during the Second World War (1939-1945) after the U.S. entered the war in 1941.
1941: During The Second World War, 30,000 Japanese troops invaded French Indochina.
1945: A U.S. B-25 bomber, lost in clouds and fog, slammed into the side of the Empire State Building in New York City. The "skyscraper" building withstood the powerful impact. 14 people were killed.
1958: NASA was established. With the ending of the Space Shuttle program in July 2011, the U.S. has become dependent upon Russia to get U.S. astronauts into space.
1976: A magnitude 7.9 earthquake completely destroyed the city of Tangshan in China; it killed an estimated 242,000 and injured more than 150,000 - the highest quake casualty toll of modern times.
1981: Prince Charles married Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in a ceremony televised around the world and watched by an estimated 700 million people. It was called "the stuff fairy tales are made of." They separated 11 years later in 1992, and were divorced 15 years later in 1996. Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997.
2005: The "Provisional Irish Republican Army" proclaimed an end to their thirty-year old terrorist campaign in Northern Ireland.