Gustave Dore Paradise Lost Satan Profile

Satan and Spiritual Forces… Lost Paradise!

By Kerby Anderson

Gustave Dore Paradise Lost Satan ProfileDoes Satan exist? Apparently a lot of American Christians don’t think that he does. A recent George Barna survey found that four of ten Christians (40 percent) strongly agreed that Satan “is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.” An additional two of ten Christians (19 percent) said that they “agree somewhat” with the perspective. That means a clear majority of self-described Christians do not believe that Satan is a real person.

It is worth noting that these same Christians seem to have internal contradictions in their worldview. For example, a majority of the Christians surveyed believe that a person can be under the influence of spiritual forces, such a demons or evil spirits. And about half of those Christians who believed that Satan is merely a symbol of evil nevertheless agreed that a person can be under the influence of spiritual forces.

These and other statistics from the latest Barna survey should not be too surprising. As I document in my new book, A Biblical Point of View on Spiritual Warfare, both Christians and non-Christians have some false beliefs about Satan, angels, and demons. Part of the reason for these inaccurate views is due to the media. After all, Hollywood is probably not the best source for biblically accurate views on the supernatural. Another reason is that often we hear wrong comments about God and angels and heaven at funerals. Well-meaning people say some pretty strange things. We don’t correct them, because a funeral is about the last place you want to split theological hairs.

This latest survey illustrates why we need to have good Bible teaching from the pulpit, in our Sunday School classes, and in our homes. A person whose perspective of the spiritual world is primarily influenced by the media is going to have a biblically inaccurate worldview. They may believe that Jesus was the Son of God but not believe that Satan is a real person. We need to show them that if Jesus was indeed the Son of God, then we must also believe that Satan exists because Jesus taught that he exists and was tempted by him in the wilderness.

It is time for us to get back to teaching foundational theology in our churches and in our homes. I’m Kerby Anderson, and that’s my point of view.

About The Author

Randall Russell

A student of Biblical Christian Eschatology!


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  • Melanie Stephan

    Reply Reply September 14, 2010

    Right now I am working on the prophecy of Daniel, then I saw the question, “Does Satan exist”.

    Yes, he does exist and God tells you exactly who he is in the book of Genesis in the story about Adam and Eve. A & E are representatives for all of us. The Tree is a metaphor for a Book. The Book of knowledge of good and bad is the Bible. God says do not eat the fruit it’s poison. So what is the fruit in the Bible? Jesus is the fruit of the NT. A cross is made from a tree. Jesus was nailed to a tree.

    The Tree Bears Jesus

    There you have it Jesus is the Fruit. God says don’t take in Jesus. It’s poison.

    The snake is a stick. A stick and a cross come from a Tree. The snake talks from the stick. The church talks from the cross. There you have it. Satan is the Roman Catholic Church.

    Sorry can’t tell you the complete story right now I am working on Daniel which is interpreted in the same way Adam is Eve is. See if you can figure the rest out for yourself. Ta, Ta for now!

  • Melanie Stephan

    Reply Reply September 15, 2010

    0. Daniel’s Biblical Prophecy is about 911. The story of Nebuchadnezzar in the Book of Daniel is about 911. There are a number of similarities of the Empire of Nebuchadnezzar and the Empire of Saddam Hussein. I start with the Tree that grew tall and strong. When the tree was cut down the Kings reign fell with it. When the Twin Towers fell Saddam’s reign also fell.

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