GOD OF THIS WORLD - THE EVIL ONE
FATHER OF LIES
Who Has Blinded This World
What response would there be if you asked the majority of people in the so-called civilized and enlighten world this question? "Is there a supernatural force ruling the great masses of humanity on this Earth?" You might get many trivial answers certainly, but most people would reply with: "Well, I suppose it is God in Heaven."
Universally this is true, but as per the above question there is another force that rules this world (with limitations of course), and by understanding this many perplexities will become clear. There is peace-of-mind in knowing you can explain and give right answers when people wonder if God really cares, or if there even is a God, to questions such as: "Why does God allow suffering, and why premature death?" Many theologians try to answer with traditionally soothing words, but that does not really comfort a family in extreme trial. They are trying to deal with seemingly a paradox: If there is a loving all-powerful God, why does He give us suffering? Truth is, He is not the one behind suffering.
We referred to the "father of lies" (John 8:44), but now notice what he is, who he is, and what he does for humankind. The following is generally overlooked ("blinded") by most religious leaders and politicians, or for them it would not be politically correct to proclaim:
"In whom the god of this world has blinded
the minds of them which believe not..."
(KJV, 2 Corinthians 4:4)
So this world's god has our Earth's inhabitants (for the most part) "blinded," and is not the God of heaven we referred to earlier. Since we cannot see him some may ask how could this power actually blind the minds of humans? In our enlighten world this may be hard to understand but it's because we have another cover-up by this demon. Well, here is how influence from this evil spirit works at this time (but eventually "the ruler of this world" will be eliminated):
"...according to the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit who now works in (NKJ)..."
"...those who are disobedient" (NIV).
"...now the ruler (prince in the KJV) of this world will be cast out" (NKJ).
(Ephesians 2:2 & John 12:31)
Especially notice "the prince of the power of the air," and consider the following analogy about this power: We realize how radio and television operate, or at least we discern they do work with four basic functions: 1) Transmission from a source, 2) With our receiver we can tune-in or tune-out, 3) Tune-in, we receive the message and then may incur vivid impressions, 4) If we are mentally affected, we'll conduct our lives similar to the message.
This parallelism can give us a simplistic idea how the "father-of-lies" functions: 1) He continually transmits evil, 2) Since alive we receive the signal and can choose to listen or put it out of mind, 3) If we receive the message with enticement we may be vulnerable to evil motives, and 4) If indelibility impressed, we will submit to this influence in one degree or another. With #4 we'll see the foul results, even though we did not see the influence. We now understand how this spirit being works, so let's find out his name(s) and some history about this ultra-idiot. As we will see, when speaking about this "father of lies," the Master Teacher exposed this force quite candidly as "the Devil and Satan" (John 8:44).
What is he up to now days; running around with horns and a mischievous smirk, wearing a red cape tickling people with a little spear? No, his degenerated appearance no doubt is more hideous than any caricature we can imagine. At any rate, he has bigger things to do: "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world..." Also if this is not bad enough, he has some ugly assistants, "...he was cast to the Earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (NKJ, Revelation 12:9). This "serpent of old" is a reference to Satan when through a serpent he deceived the First Lady of the Rose Garden...that is of course the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3).
Can we begin to comprehend the extent of influence this fallen spirit called Satan and his demons really have? This is worldwide deceit on a grand scale in an ocean of lies, and humans are the suckers swallowing the deception...hook, line, and sinker. They hook us, draw us in, and we sink.
Is Satan and the demons something to be concerned with, or just a passing menace? Consider it this way: Let's say you are traveling bush country in Africa. You are walking through the outskirts of a very small village and suddenly you heard the roar of a huge male lion behind you...would this catch your attention? Of course, you would not say, "Oh well, just a passing menace." No, this would quickly become a priority concern; so since this is easy to comprehend, ponder the following warning:
"Be self-controlled and alert.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour."
(NIV, 1 Peter 5:8)
Likewise we should be "alert" to our "enemy the devil"...since he is not just a pussycat, but is "like a roaring lion looking for..." You! Speaking of being attacked by this devil, Christ said: "He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him" (NIV, John 8:44). Fact is all evils we see in this world (remember he is "the god of this world"), including murders, are the result of Satan and his demons' influence.
"Spiritual Forces of Evil"
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers..."
"...the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil..."
(NIV, Ephesians 6:12)
As shown before, "...the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not..." (KJV, 2 Corinthians 4:4). These spiritual forces corrupt truth through deception. Examples: God of the Universe gets a bad rap too often; for personal problems to terrorist attacks. If someone is murdered they say, "God took them home." With terrorist attacks it's said, "It was God's wrath." Hello? Then there is lust for power. Demons dominate and motivate human thinking in everything, from naïve myths to insidious plots of worldwide rule.
Continued in the eBook...