“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil.” Hebrews 2:14
“The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he didn’t exist.”- The Usual Suspects
Thomas Jefferson had his own version of the Bible. He didn’t much care for the supernatural stuff, so he took all of it out. So, for instance, that part in Mark 1 where Jesus casts out an impure spirit and it shrieks, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?”(v. 24) didn’t make the cut. Also, that business about Jesus coming back to life and ascending to Heaven had to go. To Jefferson, Jesus of Nazareth was a great teacher, but he was not a God-man. He wasn’t God.
Jefferson was pretty darn arrogant. It’s one thing to reject what the Bible says. It’s another to think you know better and have the unique ability to discern which parts are legitimate and which are false. Though Jefferson took it to the extreme, there are many Christians who do the same thing today. They look at the strange supernatural spiritual stuff and they dismiss it as either irrelevant, or simply untrue. Chances are they have seen little or no evidence that there is a spiritual realm, and they don’t care to think about it. Talking about demons makes you sound crazy, so better to pull a Jefferson and stay away from such things. I mean, we live in the 21st century after all.
It’s interesting that we hear many stories about spiritual warfare outside of the United States. I have spoken to an African missionary who reported that witch doctors in a village had the power to curse people and turn them into “zombies”. He even told of an encounter where two witch doctors called down lightning on him and the other Christians and they were both struck down by a bolt. Also, he told me that certain people in the village saw a white light surrounding the Christians. That was one man’s account.
I have also heard reports of various exorcisms (casting out demons) from trustworthy sources (Christians I know). Demons throwing people to the ground and then making a commotion. These all took place in poor foreign countries.
I recently read an article from one of my favorite writers, J. Lee Grady. He writes about a Peruvian man who once dealt heavily in the occult, and had the power to curse people to their deaths. He pledged his allegiance to Satan until he encountered the living God, and was transformed by God’s Spirit. Read the article “Unraveling the Power of Witchcraft” here.
On our own soil I have heard accounts of more “New Age” spiritual things. Things like Spirit Guides. These, as far as I can tell, are visions that people get when they attempt to contact a spiritual being. The being is supposed to be helpful and benevolent, but I have read accounts in which a person attempts to disconnect and the being becomes angry and terrifying.
Chances are you are rolling your eyes more than a bowling ball on track for a strike. I understand. But I really don’t think the possibility of a spiritual realm should be completely dismissed. The world is more than we know and perceive. It’s one thing to doubt, but it’s another to be certain that all of reality is physical.
Satan probably has no problem with many Christians doubting his existence. He also probably has no problem with other people worshiping him and using them to harm God’s creation. To be ignorant of the devil and all matters spiritual should play well to the dark side. What the devil doesn’t want is people filled with God’s Spirit who have the power to crush him. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” Romans 16:20
American Christians are dangerously ignorant of spiritual realities. I am included in this. We are completely dependent on God’s Holy Spirit to do anything of any worth for the Kingdom of Heaven. How can we live in the spirit (the way we are supposed to live) when we don’t even believe in spiritual things?
I’m tired of argumentation.
I’m tired of just thinking about Godly things.
I want to experience the undeniable, unquenchable, unstoppable Holy Spirit of God, and I want the truth, and life-giving message of Jesus Christ to come out of my hands and my face and my words and my actions. I’m powerless to do anything, so here is my public request to my Father in Heaven to pour out His spirit on me and my whole world.
Here I am.