When people read from the Bible or listen to teachings and preachings, the words can be received in at least three different forms. It can be positive, negative or neutral. When it is neutral, there is no influencing factors at all, and the natural mind understands the word naturally — it’s in the light of the human mind. The positive form is when the word is inspired by the Holy Spirit and we see it in that Light. And with the negative, it is when the word passes through the dark channel of the traducer. I guess this is what gives people “tunnel vision.” It is good to have visions, but visions that pass through tunnels are not so good, for they kill.
In closing today, let us very briefly take note of the word SATAN. Satan is a Hebrew word and simply means “an adversary.” It is anything that is adverse to ones well being, goal or cause, whether it is good, bad, real or imagined. For instance, the angel of the Lord was an adversary (satan, Heb.) to Balaam when on his way to curse Israel (Num. 22:22). Gesenius’ Geb. Chaldee Lexicon To The Old Testament gives this definition of SATAN: “Adversary, as in war, and enemy, I Sam. 29:4, I Kg. 11:23, 25; in a court of justice, Psa. 109:6; and whoever opposes himself to another, II Sam. 19:23…and with the article it assumes the nature of a proper noun and is Satan, the devil, the evil genius in the later theology of the Jews, who seduces men.” (Page, 788).
It should be evident to all, that God created the serpent, and it is a thing to reckon with, which is a type of a negative, spiritual influence upon the carnal mind of man. However, from what history reveals, the devil existing as an entity like a person was a later development of the Jews, as quoted above. A study of the Greek and Hebrew words for “SATAN” (adversary) and “DEVIL” (traducer/translator), i.e. ADVERSE TRANSLATOR, seem to also bear this out.
Within the ranks of Christianity it is assumed by not just a few that the devil, (THE TRADUCER) is as powerful, or is perhaps more powerful than God himself. Very often men have his image on their minds more than they do the their Lord. Some continually worry that he is lurking around every corner, and when they least expect it he is going to hit them from their blind side with everything he has.
I do not want to minimize the atrocious evils of the seducing serpent or sound cynical, but truthfully speaking, do we not see an abundance of imaginations, thoughts and misconceptions throughout the church? We will not go into detail, but it has gotten so bad in some circles that virtually nothing else is heard. The sermons and conversations revolve so much around the war satan is waging against the saints, that it is an absolute wonder when a word comes forth which glorifies our triumphant Lord of glory. The devil is given so much attention that the very presence of God is gone unnoticed more often than not.
Others may not have gone to extremes; however, the vast majority have the devil being so much more victorious than God that it is astounding. They have painted an unbelievable picture of the devil. Not only does a large number feel constantly defeated, but the majority believe the devil will be winning at least 90% of humanity to an everlasting damnation. This calamity, as it has been said, is to take place in a burning pit called hell-fire. From the stories told, we can picture a frustrated God with a bead of sweat on His furrowed brow, anxiously wringing His hands, just trying to figure a way out of this mess before it is eternally too late. At that time it is assumed He will lose His temper, throw up His hands and say, “I’ve had enough!” When this happens, watch out, for this is when He will supposedly turn everything over to His victor. This will then initiate the great tribulation, as some teachings have it. In reality, an event such as this would be comparable to the president of a country handing his nation over to the enemy as punishment because his general lost the war while he (God), his general (Jesus) and the army (the saints) go scot-free. Everyone becomes a prisoner and burns except the ones who had the responsibility of winning the war.
Absurd imaginations from the traducer, to say the least. With such a mighty devil in their minds and with continual recognition, which in itself is a form of worship, it makes one wonder why they do not dispense with slanderous name calling and just address him as Their Lord Satan Almighty. Sounds blasphemous, doesn’t it? and rightly so! For it certainly would be blasphemy to voice such words; but in reality, brethren, these grandiose ideas already testify that they are in a measure worshiping this lowly enemy, and this is no less blasphemous. To make my point of how high some people esteem the devil, let me bring your attention to this. Whenever a person brings to light his true identity, many will get fire-eatin’ mad and curse that individual to hell forever. Pardon me for being straight forward, but this is what happens when one of their gods is tampered with. On the other hand, one could say all kinds of slanderous things about the true and living God, and the average comment would merely be, “The poor fool, he’ll come to his senses someday.”