Though it certainly doesn’t make for pleasant reading, approved transcripts of certain exorcisms are a riveting window into the reality of the absolute spiritual warfare all around us. No reasonable individual, upon some serious research, can escape the overwhelming evidence of the reality of Satan.
Certainly, the intellectual elite must, of necessity, deny his existence. To debate the concept of God draws the thoughtful atheist into a logical trap from which he cannot escape. Namely, it is impossible to factually prove that God doesn’t exist. It is even more impossible to convince a man of faith that he must abandon his spirit in order to fully use his intellect. Trying to capture Divinity with the human mind is like trying to catch a stallion in a spiderweb; the tools are simply insufficient for the job.
The rational thinker need only experience the sunset over an ocean, contemplate the stars or study the anatomy of anything, from an ant to the human eye, to acknowledge that there is something out there bigger than himself. The atheist, however, must quench his ego driven curiosity with the only tool he has at hand, his intellect. Consequently, he satisfies his need to fill the hole in his soul, i.e., the longing for his Maker, with a set of limiting catch phrases taught him by others of his ilk. All men, by our very nature, must and will stand in awe of something. The atheist simply worships the collective intellect and education of mankind in place of its Creator (1 Corinthians 2:14). He sees his mind and science as the ultimate end and purpose of his species and he has designed his own utopia fueled by technology and enlightened human reason. He, who scoffs at religion, has even given his own religion a name. He calls himself a Secular Humanist.
Now if, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, a man can actually convince himself that the order of the universe is completely random, how could he possibly believe that some evil demon, who makes little girls throw up pea soup, is in some way corrupting his logic? By definition, belief in Satan is impossible for the intellectual atheists and secular humanists who dominate our universities and sources of news and entertainment. Yet, what is far more insidious is the fact that even the Judeo Christian ethos that underpins western civilization has gradually seen itself quietly refuse to acknowledge the existence of the very real antigod who is singularly and directly responsible for all of the misery that has ever befallen mankind.
So, I ask that you take some time to consider the enemy. You already know that he is real in a spiritual, religious and historical sense, yet you may not fully realize that he also specializes in politics, education, marriage and entertainment. It is he who makes you want to throw the remote control at the TV at night. It is he who makes you so afraid for your children. It is he who inspires man’s inhuman hatred and violence, yet it is also he who would, above all, convince us that he does not exist.
If you want to end a serious geo-political discussion, you need only mention his name to very quickly empty the room. Though we will generally acknowledge the existence of good and evil in the world, we have grown much too sophisticated to speak of Satan. It is in this, the collective “whatever” attitude of man that he gains his greatest foothold. His preternatural intellect is vastly greater than ours and his rage against God and man is insatiable, yet he knows that man, aligned with God, is completely beyond his grasp. Consequently his greatest weapon is stealth, but, once you examine the overall picture closely, it becomes like a Highlights magazine hidden picture puzzle. You will find many clear items hidden within the large picture. Remember how much fun it was, once you got focused, to find the tooth brush or hammer hidden in the forest scene? Remember how much easier it got once you understood the game? After all, there are only so many ways you can hide a bicycle or a wishing well in an oak tree. Well this is no different. Once you know where and how to look, the geopolitical landscape is both simple and easily predictable.
The war has never ended. Homicide, infanticide, suicide, and genocide have all been with us since the beginning of time. The antagonist has always been the same, although in his strategy these more obvious crimes against God and humanity have given way to the more sophisticated, yet ultimate crime that humanity can commit — Deicide. The first time we killed Our Lord with scourges and nails. This time we are being tempted to do so with the bubble gum wrapper philosophy that we call intellectual atheism.
And I’ll make a wager with you. I’ll bet that if ever you pose the question, “I wonder if it’s possible that the devil is behind some of the problems of our nation and our world?” you will be met with instant dismissal. For intellectuals will think you uneducated, conservatives will think you obsessive, even religious people (though they may well agree with you) will think you contentious. While these perennially disparate groups will politely acknowledge that there is evil in the world, they will all agree that to reduce the problems of mankind to some unilaterally diabolical intellect, some one individual, some Satan, bent upon the wholesale spiritual destruction of mankind, is patently ridiculous.
This is an excerpt from Val Bianco’s newest book It’s the Devil, Stupid, expected to be available in 2013.
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