For most of us as Christians, we try not to think about Satan. He is known to us as “the adversary,” “the enemy,” “the prince of the power of the air,” “lord of the flies,” “the devil,” “samael,” and many other names. We’re always aware that he exists, but it’s as if we must put him out of our minds because to think about him in depth will bring negativity and evil directly into our lives.
It’s understandable why we would prefer not to confront who this being is; it’s wise not to underestimate him. Blinding our eyes and minds to whom and what it is that we’re battling, however, isn’t wise. Educating ourselves on what the bible tells us about Satan is the more successful course. The learned don’t often make the mistakes that the ignorant do. In this world we’re residing in, we’re instructed on how to put on the entire Armor of God so that we can stand strong and fight the enemy. This verse in and of itself tells us that there is something specific that must be undertaken in order to stand successfully against the devil.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. – Ephesians 6:11
As Christians, we are not ruled by Satan, nor are we under his control. Those who do not believe, however, are at his mercy; they are unaware of the wide array of tricks the enemy has up his sleeve in which to deceive and delude the whole of the unbelieving world.
Right now as you read this, Satan has managed to gain a foothold through the music of this world as I demonstrated in part one of this series on the god of this world. He is using a host of methods to get to our youth. In part two, I am not going to belabor his obsession with bloodlust and point you in the direction of some of the extremely popular horror films, or the influx of videos & music known as “horrorcore.” Simply trust me when I tell you that our young are being bombarded with these atrocities and many of us are unaware that this is even occurring.
There is simply so much media saturation through our technologically-savy society that we don’t have a hope of competing with what Satan is dishing out. All we can do, at this point, is educate ourselves, pray nightly for the unsaved of our world, and attempt to inform the populace about what’s going on in the way that God instructs us to do so.
Satan has an agenda; this much is clear. He only has so much time to fulfill his purpose before he is locked away where he can harm no one for a time. His agenda is serious and he isn’t messing around. Please take the time to read the following below, which is from a wonderful site that answers most questions you may have about Christianity, the bible, and this topic as well. It’s taught me a lot and I am more informed about how serious this battle is we are engaging in. We cannot stay silent, cower, or remain uninvolved without a price being paid. God is counting on you and I to make those whom He is drawing aware of how dire things are. If we lose one young person to Satan’s wiles, that’s too many.
Question: “How is Satan god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4)?”
Answer: The phrase “god of this world” (or “god of this age” [NKJV]) indicates that Satan is the major influence on the mind-set expressed by the ideals, opinions, goals, hopes and views of the majority of people. His areas of influence also encompass the world’s philosophies, education, and commerce. The thoughts, ideas, speculations and false religions of the world are under his control and have sprung from his lies and deceptions.
Similar titles are found elsewhere in Scripture concerning Satan. Satan is called the “prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2. He is called the “ruler of this world” in John 12:31. These titles, and many more attributed to Satan throughout Scripture, signify his capabilities. To say, for example, that Satan is the “prince of the power of the air” is to signify that in some way he rules over the world and the people in it.
This is not to say that he rules the world completely; only God does this. But it does mean that God, in His infinite wisdom, has allowed Satan to operate in this world (within the boundaries God has set for him) and has allowed Satan to operate with an agenda. When the Bible says Satan has power over the world, it must be made clear that God has given him domain over unbelievers alone. Believers are no longer under the rule of Satan (Colossians 1:13). Unbelievers, on the other hand, are caught “in the snare of the devil” (2 Timothy 2:26), lie in the “power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19), and are in bondage to Satan (Ephesians 2:2).
So, when the Bible says that Satan is the “god of this world,” it is not saying that he has ultimate authority. It is conveying the idea that Satan rules over the unbelieving world in a specific way. In the case of 2 Corinthians 4:4, the unbeliever follows Satan’s agenda. According to 2 Corinthians 4:4, the “god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” Satan’s agenda includes pushing a false philosophy onto the unbelieving world—a false philosophy that blinds the unbeliever from the truth of the Gospel. Satan’s philosophies are the fortresses in which people are imprisoned, needing to be set free and brought captive to Christ in obedience to the truth.
An example of a false philosophy might be a belief that man can earn God’s favor by a certain act or acts. In fact, earning eternal life is a predominate theme around the world. Earning God’s favor by works, however, is contrary to biblical revelation. Man cannot work to earn God’s favor; eternal life is a free gift (see Ephesians 2:8-9). And that free gift is available through Jesus Christ and Him alone (John 3:16; 14:6). You may ask why does mankind simply not receive the free gift that enables them to truly be called children of God (John 1:12)? The answer is that Satan—the god of this world—pushes a false philosophy onto the world. Satan sets the agenda, the unbelieving world follows, and mankind continues to be deceived. It is no wonder that Scripture calls Satan a liar (John 8:44).