I believe that there is a certain fascination people have with evil. It is seen as glamorous or mysterious and therefore enviable or interesting. If people could see the real face of evil they wouldn’t be interested. Action films indicate that violence is an acceptable means to an end. Horror films indicate that women are an acceptable target for violence at that hands of crazed men. They seem to say that a woman’s clothing or behaviors provoked an attack and that all women are deserving of punishment for “provoking” men. Children in these movies are seen as something other than innocent and that we should be afraid of spirituality in children. People think that thieves in movies deserve to punished severely but that eye for eye gouging is not the same for divorcees or male perpetrators of infidelity. All of this is due to a very upside down world where people reference the bible in justifying punishing others but don’t apply the same standard of chastity to themselves.
I read an article online that psychologists who tested the effects of pornography on men had to stop their studies because the pornography was creating sadistic male monsters. They couldn’t experience arousal without some form of violence or dominance inflicted over women by the end of their studies. This is the end goal of all violence and sadistic behavior in entertainment – to keep evil alive by perpetuating violence in a society that is so advanced it shouldn’t be necessary. It’s use is for those in power to stay in power by demonizing the other – that is people of color, minorities, women and children.
When Jesus died on the cross He said “it is finished.” When he rose again he said he had overcome the world. Jesus gave his followers all power to trample the enemy and said that nothing (none of the powers of evil) could by any means hurt his people. The devil already fell from heaven. His power is non-existent. Don’t engage in his behaviors. They all lead to death. That is what the devil is – very dead. His power lies in convincing others to do what he did or continues to do, sin. He can quote the Bible fluently as a means to his end but his wisdom doesn’t stand because he is a liar. Everything he says is a lie. He is a lie because in all his glory he doesn’t exist in God’s kingdom. Jesus says that the enemy has nothing “in” him. I think this is important to note because the devil can’t possess God’s children. He can’t take over a person or make them act in ways that are uncharacteristic of God’s nature. God won’t be mocked. A child of God doesn’t sin because it’s not attractive to them. They see with the Holy Spirit’s eyes that sin is worthless and it leads to death.
I used to be a little afraid of things demonic. As a child I watched Tales from the Crypt on TV and it really messed with my mind. However now that I know Jesus better I’m not afraid of the fake and the scare tactics of the devil. Now I have the mind of Christ. I believe that at one time, when he existed in heaven, the devil might have been beautiful. Sin, death and being fallen has rendered him an ugly spirit and therefore an ugly countenance. He is bent on destroying what is beautiful on this earth because it makes him jealous and angry. The jealousy and the anger contribute greatly to his appearance. It is the face of death. When he comes around his smell pollutes the air and makes people’s faces cringe. He is like trash. Heaven’s refuse. He is afraid of innocence and beauty because it condemns him. He is the opposite of innocence and beauty.
The devil uses the Bible to turn people that are actually sincerely seeking God to become rule loving religious overlords whose own guilt condemns them. Humans are naturally mistake makers. No one can keep the letter of the law except Christ himself. When he died he imputed righteousness on those that believed in him. Essentially, he imputed righteousness on those that believed God would save them. His name means, “He saves,” or “God saves.” If you believe God is good and will save you, you likely know him because He is good. That ensures that I Am will save you. The devil loves arguments about the law because they are self-righteous and judgmental. To judge is to try to usurp God. You can’t and in the end you just end up judging yourself.
Just remember that the devil is judged and basically dead. He can’t hurt you if you know Christ. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy and we know that those who live by the sword will die by it. He is already dead because his purpose he’s made for himself has condemned him. For your sake, stay positive, hopeful and happy and don’t focus on evil. In Christ, we have sound and healthy minds.