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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.

The Holy Scriptures

"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!

14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Isaiah 14:12-15 KJV)

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,

Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more." (Ezekiel 28:12-19 KJV)

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?

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." (Genesis 3:1-6 KJV)

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.

6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:14-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: How can people free themselves of the spirit of vanity and arrogance that blocks them from seeing God?
See Holy Bible Reading Plan, Growing In The Grace And Knowledge and Is He Out Of Your Mind?


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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.


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