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Shannon February 12, 2015 at 9:28 pm

While, as a non – Christian, I am not qualified to comment on the theology of your essay, I do feel that I can point out a significant error in your lead paragraph.

It is simply not the case that “No matter what culture you find in the world, there is a universal belief in Satan.”

Many cultures do, of course, have figures, often Gods, but not always, that are supernatural supernatural agents of evil in the world. But there are plenty of cultures that have no such entity, and many others which have adversarial entities, but nothing analogous to Zoroastrian or Abrahamic dualism.


Dr. Michael Williams February 13, 2015 at 9:35 am

Thanks for commenting Shannon. The qualifier of your quote is very important when considering what I said. The very next sentence says, “Likewise, each culture has their own idea of what Satan looks like and names that they use to refer to him.” Every culture has a belief in spiritually evil entities. They may not refer to these entities as Satan, but they do refer to them in either name, description, or powers. The point is, that Biblically speaking we are told that ANY worship that is not directed toward God is the worship of devils (1 Corinthians 10:19-22). As I pointed out in the article, we are drawn away by our own lusts to sin. The very fact that we allow our lusts to take priority over our faith in God is of itself, sin, which is ultimately the worship of Satan (James 1:13-15; Romans 14:23). Blessings, Dr. Mike

lance February 21, 2015 at 8:07 pm

I like that name Shannon, whether it be a male or female name ! It’s very nice ! God bless you guys ! Satan is always after me always never giving up. He liked to straight up lie and try to make me think other wise of things like my faith . Like no matter what I think or do I’m doomed . I think that is not right an no matter what I do because I’m a sinner and flesh and blood im still saved . because of what jesus did for me on the cross. I believe no matter how terrifide I get over it . I still believe jesus will save me and he loves me .

reasonandreligion February 28, 2015 at 11:41 am

So the point of this article was to fend off Satan you have to go to church. Is there really a Satan or is Satan just symbolic of humans following their free will in opposition to God’s will.
Perhaps Satan just represents mans propensity for doing bad things to other people and failing to honor God. Some of these antiquated concepts of a red devil with horns and a tail and God sitting on a throne some place where the streets are lined with gold seem just plain silly. They make you question the very existence of either. Religion can’t define what God, the holy spirit,the soul, or the devil are or what they are made of so we are left with this antiquated imagery.

Ifeanyi Orji February 28, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Thanks Dr. Mike. I quite appreciate this article on how to identify when Satan is scheming against us. It throws a lot of light on the subject matter for believers in particular and all those who are yet to be saved in general. The copious scriptures you cited made it all the more interesting and convincing. This is indeed a “tools box.” God bless you Sir.

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