Let us share an interesting Greek word, DIABOLOS, from which the English word DEVIL is translated. Diabolos is the product of two words dia and bolo. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance defines DIA as “a channel of an act, through” and the prime root BALLO, “TO THROW….” Hence, the devil is a channel of which something thrown through. A good illustration for this is when a vehicle passes through a tunnel in order to reach its destination. When it comes to spiritual truths and the natural mind of man — the devil is the channel through which the thoughts pass before they reach their destination — the human reasoning. This explains very well why Dr. Strong translated the compound word, diabolos, as meaning A TRADUCER.
The English word TO TRADUCE means, “TO TRANSFER FROM ONE ORDER OF REASONING TO ANOTHER ORDER OF REASONING, as to translate from one language to another language.” Hence, the traducer, the devil, who is setting as the prince of the power of the air (of men’s natural minds) has a job to do, and that primary job is to transfer knowledge; and of course, such knowledge always takes on the character of the crooked serpent when it is transferred, which is a lie. Jesus said, “…There is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (Jn 8:44). When we hear religious teachings and acquire knowledge, if the thoughts are not coming from the Spirit of Christ (the Anointing), they can very well be passing through this soothsayer before reaching our minds. This is the sayer who is soothing, he is lying, and is calculating. He is the translator for the humanistic, Adamic mind. He started with Eve and he is still at it. The traducer is very accomplished at what he does. Therefore, Christians should become a little more cautious of WHAT they hear and HOW they hear, as Jesus warned in Mark 4:24 & Luke 8:18. To be carnally minded is death, for it has been bitten by the serpents; but now that we have the mind of Christ, we have no need for a translator, and no longer are afflicted with the deadly sting.
Men and women alike have the tendency to try and grasp any and all things with their own minds that have been so logically put together by this vivid traducer, but let us be reminded: The carnal mind cannot receive the things of God, for they are Spiritually discerned, and there is nothing about it which desires the things of God, for that mind is enmity against God. (I Cor 2:14, Rom 8:7). However, as we have already mentioned, the traducer does make the word of God pleasing and understandable to this dusty mind. The problem is, this infamous liar couldn’t tell the truth if he wanted to; and furthermore, there is literally nothing in him that would cause him to want to. With this we can surmise, everything that passes through him is a lie, and those who listen to such things are beguiled. Most people don’t want to think they can be beguiled by this ancient man slayer, but remember, this serpent is more subtle than any beast of the field. It is the most cunning thing in the midst of man’s mind. Due to such craftiness, the devil is the deceiver of the whole world (Gen 3:1 & Rev 12:9). Anyone who is of the world, Christian and non-Christian alike, can and is deceived when it comes to spiritual matters.
Very often, when we read the Bible, the words coming off its pages go through the channel, through the dia, through that thing in the mind called the traducer, the translator. This is what has produced so many fictions, frictions and factions in the church. The traducer has helped to form many thoughts, many ideas, many reasonings, many imaginations, many images, and many idols in religious people’s minds. By and large, the true teachers have been removed into a corner and are not seen (Is 30:20), and it is common to see the churches having received a strong delusion that they should believe a lie.” (II Thes 2:11).