Satan: The Blame Game

“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” – Genesis 3:13[1]

satanThe devil[2] – also called Lucifer[3] or Satan[4] – is a liar and deceiver (John 8:44, Revelation 20:3, 8). This fallen angel[5] opposes all those who claim the name of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 5:8). Satan roams the earth “like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,” so we must resist him (5:8-9). We can do this only because the Holy Spirit dwelling in us “is greater than” the prince of this world (1 John 4:4; John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11). If Christ isn’t in us, however, then we can’t resist Satan’s assaults.

Satan attacks people unawares, day and night. Most lose the battle. They still can’t blame him for their sin, not even in hell. At the Great White Throne Judgment, sinners will be first judged “according to their works” and then “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12-15). The fact that Satan deceived them is irrelevant, since they chose to reject Christ and take the mark of the beast (20:4).

adam eve edenYet people still play the spiritual blame game and reject individual guilt, just like Eve. Although the devil deceived her, only she “took” the fruit and “ate” (Genesis 3:6). Eve chose to disobey God’s command, not her tempter. Her finger-pointing at Satan didn’t mitigate God’s punishment either (3:16).

The devil can’t make us do anything. Demonic deception doesn’t override man’s free will. It’s no excuse for human culpability and can’t stall divine punishment. So let’s stop blaming Satan and start blaming ourselves. Only if we confess and repent of sin will we receive divine forgiveness and grace.

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[1] New King James Version (NKJV), unless otherwise noted
[2] This title appears 57 times in the King James Version (KJV), first in Matthew 4:1.
[3] This title appears once in the KJV, in Isaiah 14:12.
[4] This title appears 49 times in the KJV, first in 1 Chronicles 21:1.
[5] Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:12-16

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