Is Satan Real?

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

 1 Peter 5:8
 

Last week I was listening to Bott Radio Network and a R.C. Sproul’s program caught my interest.  In light of Halloween I’d like to challenge you to read what he had to say.

Recognizing Satan’s Reality by R. C. Sproul

I once asked a college philosophy class, “ How many of you believe in God?” Out of thirty students, twenty-seven raised their hands in the affirmative; three abstained.

Then I asked, “How many of you believe in Satan as a personal reality?” This time the vote was reversed.

I pursued my inquiry. I asked, “Why do you believe in a supernatural being who has the capacity to influence us for good (God) and not in a supernatural personal being who has the capacity to influence us for evil (Satan)?” Their answers indicated that the Devil they were rejecting was what they perceived to be a nonexistent mythical caricature.

Many qualified their positions by saying, “I do believe in the reality of an impersonal force of evil in the world.” I found this response fascinating. I asked them, “How can an impersonal force be evil?”

What is this mysterious impersonal force? Cosmic dust? Radioactivity? Impersonal objects, forces, or powers can be many things. One thing they cannot be is morally evil. Here the attempt to be modern and sophisticated becomes an exercise in intellectual regression.

Here’s my concern: We have our children for 18 years and it’s our responsibility as parents to make sure they are academically, emotionally, spiritually ready for college. Obviously these kids were sent unprepared.  How about yours?

Here are a few great articles for further learning:

The Crafty Serpent- by R. C. Sproul http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/crafty-serpent1657/

Is Satan Real- by Matt Slick- http://carm.org/questions/about-demons/satan-real

 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field

that the Lord God had made. Genesis 3:1