devil in the church

The Devil doesn’t exist. Satanism is about worshiping yourself because you are responsible for your own good and evil. Christianity’s war against the Devil has always been a fight against mans most natural instincts for sex, for violence, for self gratification and a denial of a man’s membership in the animal kingdom. The idea of Heaven is just Christianity’s way of creating a hell on Earth. -Marilyn Manson

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I just want to turn to God for the answer

Some people think it’d be great to know for sure what will happen when they die but it is so much better than to have faith than knowledge. I can only think of the devil and his army. They know God, they lived with God, they are fully aware of His greatness and yet they rebelled. Knowledge doesn’t mean anything without faith in Him and His timing, but faith means everything without knowledge.

The devil convinced one third of all angels to rebel (Revelation 12:3-9, Hebrews 12:22) and managed to get them to follow a mere creation rather than the Creator. Knowledge of God’s greatness and the wonders of Heaven didn’t bring these angels any closer to God. They were blind to God’s greatness. People think faith is the blindfold but actually it’s what helps us see. The devil and his armies had full knowledge of God, lived among Him and yet were blind of God’s greatness.

We know from Revelation 5:11 that there’s tens of millions of good angels in heaven, which means there was several million angels who fell from grace. Several million beings who were living in His divine glory and yet chose to follow one proud and blind angel. One angel managed to convince millions of others to rebel. One angel managed to draw away millions of powerful creations away from the glorious Creator. If several million powerful creations such as angels are capable of being so ignorant and blind to the Truth, how can it possibly come as a surprise that so many billions of humans are just as lost and blind?

Knowing of Jesus is not enough, for even the devil and his followers know of God and yet they aren’t saved. They know the Bible inside and out and yet they distort Its message. Salvation is both about faith, obedience to His commandments and a change of heart (John 1-2, John 14:15, Matthew 22:37, Matthew 7:21, Romans 6:1-2, Romans 13:10, Romans 3:311 John 2:4, 1 John 5:3).

Faith is the one thing the world mocks Christians about, yet it’s what allow us to truly see what they are unable to.

2 Corinthians 5:7
For we live by faith, not by sight.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.