Friday, April 24, 2015
The World At War
In my five Bible classes, we teach that evil is real and that Satan is no figment of a religious imagination. The world may laugh at the concept of light versus darkness but is a central theme of the Scriptures. The following, from September 10, 2007, explores that theme.
It was memory verse day this afternoon in my two eighth grade Bible classes. Normally, we concentrate on the Gospel of Luke but sometimes we step outside its pages. On Friday, we will have the first of three memorization assignments over the hymn, There Is A Sea. Today, we tackled a very difficult verse passage by Paul, the twelfth verse of the six chapter of Ephesians:
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
Christianity tends to overlook the power of Satan and what believers are up against. I mentioned a book by Frank Peretti, This Present Darkness, which is based on Ephesians 6:12. This Present Darkness, a religious novel, takes the viewpoint that forces of good and forces of evil are in a constant battle over our souls. According to Peretti's book, these beings surround us, invisible to the human eye. It is a chilling read. I point out what I believe to be fallacies in his interpretation of the Bible but I try to get the kids to comprehend that the most important war in history is over their souls. We snicker at television shows and movies that focus on the supernatural. I mentioned the Tennessee sheriff who spoke at Friendship Christian School, tackling the subject of Satanic worship. One illustration he gave, and you might think this is reaching, was that Saturday morning cartoons are dominated by supernatural beings in many forms. Maybe that's a stretch. A student asked what these rulers, authorities, powers, and spiritual forces of evil were. My response was, "I don't know." I do know, I told them, that anything to do with the occult is dangerous and condemned throughout the Word of God. I preached that Ouija Boards are nothing to be messed with. I told them that in Haiti, my nerves were rattled when riding in the countryside and voodoo worship sites were identified. Paul defined the world as dark. Jesus told us that we are the light of the world. We have the armor and the equipment to win this war. We have to be more aware of the enemy. Eighth graders don't get a pass because of their age.
Applicable quote of the day:
"There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan."
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Posted by Steve Hawley at 8:40 PM