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Revealing the Other god(s)
In chapter 1 we discussed the existence of God and wondered whether there is only one supreme God, or there are multiple gods competing against each other, or there is one supreme God and there are other gods under His authority.
We find the universe in harmony, perfectly obeying the laws of physics, mathematics, chemistry and astronomy. This is evidence that there is one supreme God in control of all creation. He appears to be the Creator of everything and has total control over it all, including possessing all the power to sustain His physical laws of the universe. If these laws were not sustained celestial bodies would collide with one another putting the universe in chaos and on a course of destruction.
If there are multiple gods in competition with one another who have created their own different universe, then there would likely be constant war in order to take over or destroy the creation of other gods with each trying to become the supreme ruler of all the universes. At least that’s how we humans imagine this cosmic competition to be like.
The earth follows a precise orbit in our solar system. Even a tiny variation in its orbit would make conditions too cold or too hot and all life would end on earth.
Evidence of the universe in harmony that we know of seems to prove the existence of one Supreme Creator God. But astronomers and scientists have observed that the surfaces of all planets and moons in our solar system are cratered. And the asteroid and Kuiper belts appear to be wreckages of a monumental cosmic war waged in space. The earth appears to have been part of this war. This points to the existence of at least two god beings in competition with each other.
Other evidence from earth shows that the competing gods are not in control of their own universes but are in fact competing only on earth. The universe as we know it is presently in perfect harmony, though there was a cosmic war in the past. This evidence is provided by the existence of different religions that differ from each other as we have proved. They promise different salvation to their adherents, and as we will see later that the way of life they advocate to their adherents is also different.
Can we identify who these gods who are competing with each other are? We have identified one of these Gods, the supreme God whom we know as God the Father from the Bible, the original source of life.
We have also proved the existence of two God Beings: God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, formerly known as the Word. But these two God Beings are not in competition with each other. They are in perfect harmony with each other with Jesus Christ being in total subjection to and under the complete authority of God the Father. Can we identify who the other god is or gods are that are in competition with God the Father and Jesus Christ?
You may have guessed the identity of the competing god, but let’s formally identify who he is. Can the source that identifies this competing god also tell us if there is one competing god or there are multiple gods that are competing with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ? The answer is Yes!
We have proved beyond a shadow of doubt that the words of the entire Bible are backed by the power of the Supreme Almighty God. We have also proved that the words in the so-called holy books of other religions do not prove that they are backed by the Almighty. Since these holy books claim that their religion is inspired by the Creator, they are lying. They have simply not demonstrated that the words of these holy books are backed by the power of the supreme God.
The Hindu and Sikh scriptures allude to the existence of multiple gods. But since we have proved these scriptures to be either mere philosophies of men or at worst diabolical lies, there is no reason to believe the existence of multiple gods as mentioned in these books. The only reliable source of truth is the Bible. So we must look into the Bible to see if we can identify this other god(s) that compete with the true supreme God.
God of this World
The Bible in fact does identify this other god and calls him the ‘god of this world.’
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 states, “3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost [or perishing in NIV]: 4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Here the Bible identifies another god who is blinding the minds of those who do not believe the good news of Jesus Christ, which is the remission of sins through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, offer of salvation which is being born as immortal sons of God, and the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth.
As we would expect, the god who is competing with the supreme God would try to thwart His purposes and try to deceive as many as he can about the good news of the salvation the supreme God is offering.
Before we further identify this competing god, let’s understand what the supreme God says about Himself in the Bible. Speaking through Isaiah, God declares in Isaiah 46:9-10 (NKJV), “9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”
Here the God of the Bible declares that there is no other God beside Him, that is, there is no other God besides the God of the Bible. He says He has declared the end of His plan for humanity from the very beginning and brought it to pass. He says His counsel shall stand and He will do whatever pleases Him.
God Himself says that prophecy is a proof of the true God. The gods of all other religions are mere idols, incapable of predicting the future and bringing it to pass. The God of the Bible throws the gods of all other religions a challenge through Isaiah the prophet in Isaiah 41:22-23 (REB): "Let these idols come forward and foretell the future for us. Let them declare the meaning of these past events that we may reflect on it; let them predict the future to us that we may know what it holds. Declare what is yet to happen; then we shall know you are gods."This is the challenge to the gods of Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. But as we have already seen, all the gods in these religions have miserably failed this test. The holy books of none of these religions contain any events foretold in advance that came true.
Then in many other verses the God of the Bible declares that there is no other God beside Him.
Isaiah 43:9-11: “9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and show us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. 10 You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no Savior.”
God of the Bible declares that there was no God before Him. He thus is the original source of all life. He says there is no Savior beside Him. He is basically declaring that the gods of other religions who claim to be saviors are liars.
Isaiah 45:5-7, “5 I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me…6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.”
Isaiah 45: 21-23 (NKJV), “21 Tell and bring forth your case; Yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the Lord? And there is no other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior; There is none besides Me. 22 "Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. 23 I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath [or swear].”
Thus the God of the Bible emphatically declares that He is the true God and there is none other. And He has provided us ample proof by foretelling many things and bringing them to pass. This means that the other god that the Bible calls the ‘god of this world’ is not a true god.
The Bible also shows that there are no multiple gods competing with the true supreme God. There is only one competing god the Bible calls the ‘god of this world.’
The Bible gives us further details about this ‘god of this world.’ As we have seen in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 quoted earlier, this god is engaged in deceiving the world so that the light of the gospel [good news] of Christ does not shine on those who do not believe the truth. The book of Revelation identifies this god.
Revelation 12:9, “9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
This other ‘god of this world’ now stands exposed. He is identified as Satan the devil, the one who deceives the whole world. So he and the ‘god of this world’ are one and the same being, because the ‘god of this world’ is also engaged in deceiving the whole world about the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And he is identified as the serpent of old that deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden into eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Satan is a Hebrew noun meaning "adversary"—the enemy, opponent, antagonist, or foe. The verb forms of the noun mean to "accuse," "slander" and "be an adversary" (Anchor Bible Dictionary, Vol. 5, 1992, "Satan," p. 985).
Devil is the other name for Satan. Devil is translated from the Greek word diabolos, the root from which we get such words as diabolic and diabolical, used to describe something wicked or sinister. Diabolos means "an accuser, a slanderer" (W.E. Vine, Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 1985, "Devil, Devilish").
The Bible reveals much about Satan’s nature. Jesus Christ said in John 8:44 (NKJV), “…He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
Peter the apostle shed further light on his murderous nature in 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NKJV): “8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
Peter thus declares that the devil is like a roaring lion seeking any human being he can devour, and that he is the cause of our suffering.
Ephesians 2:2-4 says he works in all the children of disobedience to God, “2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan being called the prince of the power of the air means he broadcasts his thoughts, moods, ideas, feelings and attitudes to all humans], the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation [conduct] in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath…”
Satan’s evil influence is so pervasive that he "deceives the whole world" (Revelation 12:9). And he achieves this influence on mankind through his lies and deception. Founding different religions with false promises of salvation based on cunningly crafted lies has been one of Satan’s prime strategies to try to devour mankind.
Before we discuss how destructive his influence has been on mankind through religion, let’s look at Satan’s brief history as revealed in the Bible.
Brief History of Satan
Satan’s history was partly covered in chapter 18 under “History of the Universe Before Man’s Creation.” Here are additional details.
God did not create Satan. He has not always existed. The Bible explains how he came into being.
God originally created a brilliant, highly talented archangel called Lucifer when He created hundreds of millions or perhaps billions of other angels. Ezekiel the prophet describes this brilliant being in Ezekiel 28:12-17, “12…Thus says the Lord GOD; You seal up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created.
“14 You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were upon the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you. 16 By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the midst of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, You have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness…”
This is a brilliant being full of wisdom and beauty that God created. He is called the "cherub who covers," indicating that once he had been one of the two archangels that covered God’s throne. This was depicted in the model of God's throne in the form of the mercy seat and the two cherubim covering it that Moses made to be placed in the Tabernacle and later in Solomon’s Temple. God gave these angels the awesome distinction of covering His very throne and serving. Thus he had the best opportunity to learn God’s way of life and His method of government at His very throne. He thus held the highest position of honor and responsibility in the angelic realm.
Then this brilliant being sinned and was cast out from God’s throne as a profane being. Isaiah the prophet identifies the cause that led to sin in Isaiah 14:12-14 (NKJV): "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars [angels] of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High'”
Ezekiel reveals that because of his incredible beauty and talents vanity seized Lucifer. He let it corrupt his wisdom so that he thought he could do things better than God. He then plotted to take over the rulership of the universe from the Creator God and shared his plans with one-third of all the angels under his command (Revelation 12:4, “4 His [Satan’s] tail drew a third of the stars [symbol for angels] of heaven and threw them to the earth.”) They joined him in his plans and they mounted up to heaven and attacked God’s throne. But angels loyal to God fought with Lucifer and the angels with him. Lucifer and the angels with him were defeated and cast back to earth.
Rebellion changed Lucifer’s nature and he became an adversary of God from then on. That is why he is appropriately named Satan. The nature of the angels with him also changed. They became known as demons. Thus though there is only one other competing ‘god’ on earth competing against the true God, he is helped by hundreds of millions of demons. However they are all under his command. Satan’s kingdom on earth is not divided. When Jesus cast demons out of people the Pharisees accused Him of doing so by using the power of Satan. But Jesus answered in Matthew 12:24-26, “ 25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?” Then Jesus clarified that He casts out demons by the spirit of God.
After Satan’s rebellion, God chose to create humanity to qualify to replace Satan and the demons as rulers of the earth. Later humans will fulfill the potential that Lucifer and the angels with him failed to qualify to fulfill: rulership of the universe with God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Satan was in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were created as revealed by Ezekiel the prophet. He is the old serpent referred to in Revelation 12:9 who deceived Eve into eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:1-6).
Satan deceived Eve by lying to her that she had an immortal soul and that she would not die if she ate of the forbidden fruit. He implied that God was lying to Eve by telling her that she would die, and that the fruit of the tree was good for her to make her wise. Later Eve acknowledged that she was deceived by the serpent. By deceiving Eve into eating of the forbidden fruit, Satan in effect murdered Eve and Adam. He did not kill them directly. But he knew that if he could seduce them to sin by disobeying God, they would eventually die. That’s why Jesus called him a murderer from the very beginning of humanity and father of lies in John 8:44 as quoted earlier.
Satan knows that God has created humanity to eventually qualify to replace him and the demons as rulers of the earth. That’s why he hates humanity with his whole being and like a roaring lion seeks to devour as many as he can as revealed in 1 Peter 5:8 quoted earlier.
Ever since the Garden of Eden Satan and the demons have been deceiving humanity. And his greatest deception has been in the area of religion. United Church of God booklet titled “Is There Really a Devil?” (Available free of charge at www.ucg.org) explains on p.26:////“As a master of persuasion, Satan easily deceives mankind into focusing on anything but God. Through the theory of evolution, for example, he has convinced millions that God doesn't exist…
“Through hundreds of corrupt religions he has over the ages convinced billions of people to worship the sun, moon and stars, animals, nature, deceased ancestors, imaginary gods and goddesses, and a bewildering variety of other things—or nothing at all. Even among the many varieties of traditional Christianity, we find people divided and bickering over who and what God is, over His purpose for us, and over how He wants us to worship Him and how we should live. The devil has done an effective job of confusing people as to what the Bible really says.
“Satan doesn't care which of these groups people fall into. Whether they believe in no God at all, accept and worship a false god or are deceived into a false view of the true God and His plan for us, Satan still has them where he wants them—"alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart" (Ephesians:4:18).
“Perhaps this helps us better understand what God means when He tells us that the devil "deceives the whole world" (Revelation:12:9). Paul explains that "the god of this age" has blinded those "who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them" (2 Corinthians:4:4).
“In one of His parables Jesus explains that, as soon as some people hear God's truth, "the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved" (Luke:8:12). Satan will stop at nothing to keep people blinded to the fullness of God's truth. The result, as Jesus explained, is that "the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it," and "the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matthew:7:13-14, NRSV).
Satan’s Deception Through Religion
Man’s ancient history has already been told in chapter 9. Here we will mention only parts of that history that relate to Satan’s influence over religion.
After deceiving Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, Satan continued to deceive all of humanity. But it was difficult for him to completely deceive Adam about the true religion. He started working with Cain. Cain started hating God after his offering was rejected and his brother Abel’s offering was accepted by God. So Cain murdered his brother. As a result Cain was separated from Adam’s other children.
Cain now under Satan’s influence began to develop his own way of life and religion. Cain was led to deify himself which led to ancestor worship among his descendants. After Cain passed away Satan worked with Lamech (Genesis 4:18-24) and his descendants. Lamech and his descendants deified themselves. This was different from ancestor worship. Lamech and his descendants called themselves gods and demanded that they be worshipped by the common people. To make it easy for the people to worship them they made idols of themselves and had them installed in temples for the people to worship. Thus idol worship was introduced in the world.
Not only did Satan lead Lamech and his descendants to introduce idol worship, they also persecuted those who obeyed the true God. It seems Lamech had Enoch murdered and later persecuted Noah and sought to murder him. Noah had to flee with his family to save themselves. Eventually due to persecution by Lamech and his descendants everyone except Noah turned away from the true God. And the world was saturated with violence and everyone’s thoughts were only evil continually. As a result God drowned that world in a global Flood.
After the Flood Noah taught all his family God’s way of life. But rebellion against Noah and God’s way was led by Cush the son of Naamah the daughter of Lamech who had survived the Flood as the wife of Ham. Satan then led Cush, his illegitimate son Nimrod and illegitimate wife Semiramis to develop a false god and a false worship system to compete against the religion of the true God. As part of the worship system Nimrod later introduced live human and infant sacrifices. Nimrod also began to enforce his religion on the world by force.
God had to again intervene to stop Nimrod from forcing his religion on all of humanity. Because of his many crimes he was executed by Shem. For fear of being executed the pagan religion then went underground. What came to be known as the Babylonian Mystery religion was then developed by Semiramis. Earlier she had deified herself and her son Nimrod. She came to be worshipped as Ishtar or Astarte of the Bible. Nimrod came to be worshipped under many names including Baal. Instead of worshipping Semiramis and Nimrod directly, in these mysteries the people began to worship the tree and cow as representation of Semiramis and a bull or calf as representation of Nimrod. Later people simply forgot why they were worshipping cows, bulls and trees. Thus worship of animals, trees and nature was introduced into the world.
In about 400 years after the Flood all the world turned to paganism that originated with Semiramis. But God found one man He could work with, and that man was Abraham. God decided to create a model nation from the descendants of Abraham. God gave this model nation a written constitution in the form of the first five books of Moses called the Law which included the Ten Commandments.
Semiramis’ Babylonian Mystery religion has come down to us with many later innovations in the form of Hinduism, Greek, Roman and Egyptian gods.
As God worked with the nation of Israel Satan continued to try to seduce the Israelites away from God’s way of life. Ancient Israelites kept falling back into Baal worship and forsaking worship of the true God. The result was that God withheld from them the promised material blessings.
Since ancient Israel kept sliding away from the true God, after about 2,000 years of working with them since the call of Abraham, God began raising another model nation; this time a spiritual nation known as spiritual Israel or the Church of God. But within a few years Satan began working on developing a competing counterfeit Church to persecute the true Church of God.
Soon after the start of God’s Church in 31 A.D., God’s adversary, the devil first made assaults on various aspects of the true religion. These assaults were on keeping the Sabbath, God’s Passover and the other 6 of the seven annual holy days that picture God’s plan of salvation for mankind, and substituting pagan festivals in their place such as Sunday worship, Easter, Christmas and the like. The pagan festivals introduced were merely the festivals and practices of the Babylonian Mystery religion of Semiramis dressed in Christian garb by attaching concocted Christian significance to them. Thus Satan literally counterfeited Christianity. Ultimately such falsehoods became the dominant religion headquartered in Rome, the capital of the greatest empire on earth at that time.
Because of persecution early in its history, Satan’s counterfeit Church sought to distinguish itself from Judaism, which was the reason for substituting Sunday for the Sabbath. Then to gain more adherents among the pagans the false Church adopted festivals of the pagans [originally started by Semiramis] by merely attaching some false Christian significance to them.
The counterfeit Church has persecuted the Church of God since about 325 A.D. when the religion of the Roman Church became the state religion of the Roman Empire. As a result God’s true Church has always been a little flock (Luke 12:32) whereas the counterfeit Church is the largest religion in the world today.
Religions of the East such as Budhism, Shintoism. Taoism. Confucianism etc which are not based on the existence of God were developed in reaction to the oppressive practices of Hinduism and the Babylonian Mystery religion as practiced among those peoples with its pantheon of gods. Hinduism was also based on Semiramis’ Babylonian Mystery religion that originated more than 2,000 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Later in India Sikhism developed in reaction to the worship of numerous gods in Hinduism and excesses of the Hindu priests and the caste system.
Satan was the influence behind the Babylonian Mystery religion of Semiramis that we see being practiced in the counterfeit Church of Rome. The Protestant Churches also keep many of same festivals and holidays of the counterfeit Roman Church and are therefore also practicing the Babylonian Mystery religion and not the pure religion brought by Jesus Christ.
But Satan was not satisfied by merely counterfeiting Christianity. The reason was that even counterfeit Christianity was centered on the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Though a vast majority of the adherents were being gained for false Christianity, the new adherents nevertheless accepted the centrality of God’s message that led to the birth of Christianity: the fact of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the purpose of forgiving mankind’s sins, making salvation possible for humanity. Christianity continued to gain adherents and accept this message for the next 580 years. But Satan saw that some of these adherents who had the means and could gain access to the Bible would then be exposed to the truth from its pages rather than blindly accept the paganism of the false Roman Church. In reaction Satan led the false Church to force its adherents to not read the Bible but get their instructions from the priests. Those who read the Bible were often put to death if discovered.
But Satan was still not satisfied. So what do you think the adversary of God, and a father of lies would try to do to counter the spread of the central message of the Bible: Salvation for humanity through the life, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? Why obviously, he would try to discredit that message. He would try to spread lies that the message of the crucifixion, death and resurrection was lies and pure fiction. And that is exactly what the master liar and deceiver set out to do about 580 years after the start of Christianity, when he saw that the religion continued to spread. For 580 years nobody had seriously questioned the fact of the birth, life, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But the adversary of God with his cohorts planned out a strategy to try to change that. Satan set out to try to discredit the truthfulness of every aspect of the message.
He would first try to discredit the message by saying that the message itself has been corrupted. So what we today have is not the truth. He would try to say that the Old Testament and the New Testament have been corrupted so that the account we have of the life, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Bible is not correct. It has been altered. Next the liar would then give his own version of events about the crucifixion, death and the resurrection. Then the liar would form his own religion, and propagate it with all his vigor and cunning so that the spread of the message of truth would be halted, and instead his religion based on his lies would spread, and hope to challenge the truth by force whenever possible. He would try to convert Christians to his religion by force.
That is exactly what Satan did about 580 years after the birth of Christianity. He used the man Mohammed as his agent to spread his lies to discredit the truth. For 580 years humanity had not questioned the true central message. But then 580 years later comes Mohammed questioning the very central message, armed with lies of the master deceiver of mankind, Satan the devil.
From the pages of the Bible we have seen that there are at present two Gods on earth in complete harmony with each other: the supreme God known as God the Father and then Jesus Christ. But there is also one, and only one, competing god, known as the ‘god of this world’, also known as Satan and the devil. He is at present ruler of the earth, but totally under the control of the supreme God. He is assisted by hundreds of millions of former fallen angels now known as demons.
The ‘god of this world’ was originally created by Jesus Christ when He was known as the Word. And a created being will always be inferior to his creator.
The Bible also reveals that the ‘god of this world’ is an adversary of God, always trying to work against God’s purposes and thwart all His projects. But the supreme God allows him to do so so that in the process of resisting Satan He can develop His holy righteous character in human beings.
We have proved that the words of the Bible are backed by the power of the supreme God and can be relied upon. The words of all other religions are not backed by the power of the supreme God. Since the salvation they offer is different from that offered in the Bible, they are nothing more than the cunningly crafted deceptive lies of the ‘god of this world’ in an attempt to deceive all of mankind into not developing a relationship with the true God. That is the only way the supreme God can make humans His children by a resurrection from the dead. Satan tries to thwart this purpose of God by preaching lies in the form of other religions.
Now we can understand the true import of God’s testimony in Revelation 12:9 that Satan,”…deceives the whole world.” He does that through the theory of evolution and myriads of different religions and denominations within them. All religions of the world except the true religion based on the Bible are the creation of the master deceiver, the diabolical, cunning and crafty Satan the devil.
We have so far seen Satan as the father of lies as revealed by Jesus Christ in John 8:44. But Jesus also called him a murderer from the beginning. In addition Peter told us in 1 Peter 5:8 that the “devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” This means Satan’s primary purpose is to hurt or destroy humanity by inflicting as much pain and suffering as he can. One way he can do that is by giving instructions on how to live that will harm rather than benefit the followers. We will next analyze instructions on living life provided by various religions.
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