I was shocked by a story in our newspaper the other day about some people in our community who say they worship Satan. They say Satan isn't evil like people think he is, but is a force for good. I thought this kind of superstition went out with the Middle Ages. — J.Q.
Don't think Satan is an out-of-date superstition; even a casual glance at the headlines in your newspaper should convince you that Satan is alive and well. How else could we possibly explain all the horrific things that are happening in the world?
But Satan is very clever in the way he disguises himself. When something evil happens, he seldom boldly proclaims, "I am Satan, and I did this!" Instead, he often works behind the scenes so people don't realize just how active he really is. Or, he may deceive people (such as this group) into thinking his way is best, and that he alone can give them the happiness and success they seek. The Bible even says that at times "Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14).
The tragedy is that many people serve the devil -- without even realizing it. They don't worship Satan; they may not even believe in him. But God is not important to them, nor do they thank Him for His gifts -- and as a result their lives are aligned with Satan's plans instead of God's. The Bible says that Satan "has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts" (John 12:40).
The most important fact about Satan, however, is that he is a defeated foe! By His death and resurrection Jesus overcame Satan's power -- and some day His victory will be complete. Don't be deceived, but build your life solely on Jesus Christ -- both for this life, and for eternity.