Far too often, I have wondered why that there is so much evil on earth. Even though I had a limited amount of biblical knowledge for most of my life, I did know that God was a god of love. The question that I could not get a straight answer to was, “If God created us, loved us, and watched over us, why was the earth filled with wickedness?” In specific, I wanted to know why there was disease, death, war, theft, rape, torture, murder, starvation, homelessness, and so on. I knew that there was something that I was missing, but I just wasnt making the connection. About a year or so ago, while doing a bible study with a friend, I found the answer to my question. It sure wasnt what I had expected, but it sure does explain the way things are.
Matthew 4:8 – “Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.”
Matthew 4:9 – “And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
1 John 5:19 – “The whole world is under the control of the evil one.”
Revelation 12:9 – “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the Earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
While these scriptures support the claim that Satan is ruling the world, they are in no way stating that Satan’s power exceeds God’s. Satan’s rule on earth is exercised primarily in ruling over the unbelievers. He has blinded and deceived them into carrying out his work of destruction. This is the reason for the overwhelming amount of wickedness on earth. For those that believe in God, Satan’s power is not very effective. He can influence the lives of those who worship God…..if he is allowed. Unlike the unbeliever, the eyes of true Christians are opened to the deception of Satan. The best defense to an attack is a good offense. Read and study the bible daily. Live in ways pleasing to our Heavenly Father. Build one another up in unity against Satan’s attacks. Gird up….the fight has only just begun!