One of the temptations Satan tempted Jesus with, was when he took him to a high mountain top to show him all the kingdoms of the world. Then he offered all these kingdoms to Jesus if he would fall down and worship him (Satan).
My question: How could he offer them, if they were not his to offer?
My answer: This is Satans 'kingdom' until the Lord returns.
Maybe its semantics, but I dont exactly agree with the way the question is asked or phrased. I dont believe 'in' Satan (Lucifer), but I absolutely do believe in his fall, his existence and his influence. Rather, I believe 'in' Jesus (the Word). That hes the son of God and that he came here to offer himself up as the perfect sacrifice (the lamb of God) for our sins... if we are willing to accept that sacrifice, confess our sins and look to him for our redemption. (God hates sin, but loves the sinner)
There is no opposite of light but there is a total lack of light that is absolute dark.
There is a satan/lucifer/devil out there every day tempting me and every other individual alive on the planet.
I fail miserably as a good Christian, but there is no doubt in my mind that there is a spiritual world where conflict between good and evil exists. And I think that many people in power are influenced by the evil one, which is, I guess, why I distrust power and power over others so much.
I have never experienced anything of a supernatural manner that I could say was Satan, demonic or of that nature. I pray I never do.
I've seen a lot of evil, and it's difficult for me to think it's evil of a type that is beyond the capacity of human nature. I don't like it when people use Satan as a way to avoid responsibility for their actions.
That said, I am a Christian and Jesus preaches about Satan, so in some way he must exist. But I would never word my thinking as "I believe in him", because I believe in Jesus, not His enemy.
And there is no absolute dark. There are light particles (so to speak) that penetrate everything that is known. Or, as a physicist explained to me, "Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there." And even so, a total absence of light is not the opposite of light.
We disagree about the existence of The Devil. Some people feel the need to believe in The Devil because they believe in God. They mistakenly believe that everything must have a polar opposite.
My belief system is very different from yours. Just as you may never remove yourself totally from light and heat, so may you never remove yourself totally from the grace that is God. There is a spark of good in everyone.
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