Choosing Satan

I seem to be stuck on Satan and Hell a lot lately and I’m not trying to be; much like my streak of posts about speaking in tongues not so long ago, I guess the Holy Spirit is pushing me in a certain direction. Anyway, many of my posts about Hell (and more recently my father-in-law’s stuff about Satan, which I posted) have discussed the fact that many people will choose Satan and choose Hell rather than select God’s way. I’m sure many readers have thought me crazy to think that anyone would choose Hell.

But consider this image:


In a post at The Jesus Gang that features this graph, the author says simply:

Whose team would you want to be on? I’m just sayin’.

I know the graph is likely meant in humor. And I’m twisted enough to see the joke, despite being a child of God and a follower of Jesus Christ. But it points to a larger issue here. People don’t get it. Satan is a liar and a deceiver. Truth be told, Satan’s devices have led to far more death and suffering in the world. Has God been responsible for some killing? Sure. And there have been reasons for it. But most deaths are not at God’s hands; only a miniscule percentage in the history of humanity have been. Yet, too many people think that disasters are sent from God, that God is to blame when people kill each other over religion, that human illness in this world is a creation of God’s.

Nothing could be farther from the truth but still, people cling to that notion. Some even preach from the pulpit (or just on their media-based religious soapboxes) about how God sent the floods to punish wickedness in New Orleans or sent HIV/AIDS to punish gays or whatever else. Bullshit bullshit bullshit.

The world and the mess it’s in is a joint creation by Satan and humans. God didn’t create a world of suffering; we have repeatedly rejected His way though to follow our own. And when we follow our own way, we are all too often taking Satan’s path.

You think Satan won’t be telling folks in Hell: “God sent you here. He doesn’t want you. Look, I never smote the first-born of every Egyptian. I never declared war on any people who were in the way of the Hebrews. Stick with me and you’ll be better off.” I can almost gol-damn-guarantee he will. And if not that track or those words, some other form of misdirection. Satan isn’t going to reveal how he’s moved people and races and nations through his tricks. He’s not going to call attention to his evil. Shit, in this world he tries hard to give the impression to most folks that he doesn’t exist at all or that he’s just a comical guy with red skin and a Snidely Whiplash mustache and a pointy tail.

But God gives us honesty and truth, and we can’t handle it. We’d rather be stroked by Satan than to be held by God. We’d rather have transient pleasures than long-range salvation.

People choose Satan all the time. And many will choose him even when they have a clear chance to choose something better.

And that’s a fact.

For the record, here are most of my recent (and not-so-recent) other posts on Hell and Satan:


4 Responses to “Choosing Satan”

  1. 1 Inda Pink
    June 30, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Reminds me of a thing a fellow church goer once told me:

    God tells us: Go here to this struggling nation and wade into the mud and muck and lift up the lepers and the starving children.

    We do nothing.

    God gives us a chance to go to some flood torn city and get knee deep in the mud to stack sand bags against the water.

    We do nothing

    Satan says: Here’s a mud wrestling pit full of naked people. Why don’t you strip down and jump right in?

    We jump in without hesitation.


    Same mud different context. And the context makes Satan look so much more fun don’t it?

  2. 2 WNG
    July 1, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Since I’m operating on a couple hours sleep and a TON of coffee all I have for you is a quote from one of my favorite movies, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

  3. 3 Deacon Blue
    July 1, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Man, it’s been such a long time since I saw “The Usual Suspects.” That’s a flick I should rent real McSoon. I had the pleasure of seeing it before it saw wide theatrical release. I was visiting some college friends who had gone on to grad school in Austin for a screenwriting program, and there was an on-campus airing of the movie.

  4. 4 WNG
    July 1, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    I am not jealous I am not jealous I am not jealous


    now I’m a liar AND I’m jealous! 🙂

    I first saw it on video – and then I saw the re-release in theatres and I’ve gone through a couple of DVDs now (I had a dog who thought they were tasty). It’s in my top ten of all time.

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