The Satanic Mechanism of Religion

Do we believe that satan is a little devil lurking in the shadows trying to temp us? Or is the Satanic something that is much worse? Read this article to start asking your own questions on the satanic….maybe its us?

In this article, “Which Neighbor Should Evangelicals Love?“, you can clearly see the satanic mechanism at work in the preservationist mentality of Franklin Graham and a big portion of the Evangelical wpid-wp-1448384794926.jpgcommunity. We must start to see that we are not battling a literal created being named Satan, but the satanic principles that are capable of coming out of each and everyone of us, even those who cast out demons, prophecy, and perform miracles in Jesus name (Matt 7:22-24).  When we draw a line in the sand and define the “enemy other”, as if God is on our side and not theirs, we have very clearly become the satan ourselves. All the while, we can stand behind a pulpit and say the name of Jesus….yet the satanic mechanism is deeply at work. Just think about it…do we live in fear of death? Or do we live in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, who loved his enemies and gives life?

Author: The Religious Vortex

I want to have real, heart felt conversations on religion and how it effects our lives...the good and the bad. Why? Because I believe that religion is different than following Christ and living in the Life System He came to set us free in, which is The Kingdom of God. We need to contemplate that religion is man-made and that being in religion doesn't mean that we are in Christ.

13 thoughts on “The Satanic Mechanism of Religion”

  1. First, and foremost, let me say this; thank you for your genuine compassion, and earnest desire out of love, to reach hearts.

    We are commanded by the Word to first stand opposed to the sin in our own lives, and to correct that, before pointing fingers, and trying to pluck specks from our brothers eyes. However, even though every one of us is capable of unimaginable evils, blinding ourselves to the knowledge of the enemy of our faith is folly, Hosea 4:6. Paul in Ephesians 6:12 makes it clear that there is a literal evil that we war against, and trying to conceptualize it by equating it with the sin in us is a huge mistake.

    Satan is no more an abstract construct, than God is. It’s like that line from The Usual Suspects; “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn’t exist.” We do ourselves a disservice by denying the spiritual reality of creation. Truth is a critical piece of the armor of God, and without it nothing else functions properly.

    The enemy desires to go unseen so he can continue to wreak havoc unopposed. Acknowledging, and fighting the evil in ourselves does not require us to abandon the knowledge of a literal satan. The reality of the personage of satan is a tenet of our Christian faith, and confirmed within the Word itself. Don’t throw the proverbial baby out with the bath water.

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    1. I love the things you say. They make great conversation and I respect them a lot.
      My issue, when I write this, is that we personify the very evil that we are capable of doing ourselves without any help from another “created spiritual being”. In short, Jesus being tempted helps me understand his situation more when I read those verses as, he is struggling with the worst possible side of himself as a true human being. The devil is personified as the inward struggle to appeal to the Lust of the eyes, Lust of the Flesh, and the Pride of Life. This is the battle we all have and Jesus is the first fruits of those who overcome.
      I see this as helpful in my own life, when I read the bible, since it is an anthropological….it is real….it is human to answer the question, “Am I the Satan in the life of another?” I think this is a big aspect to what Jesus was doing in his life. Thinking this way has helped me see that God is very much involved in our human existence.
      I appreciate you a ton.

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      1. I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to fully appreciate everything you mentioned in your reply, but you said something that’s intriguing to me.

        Would you be willing to expound on what you said with regards to Jesus’ temptation, and the overcoming of sin?

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      2. What I see in this story is Jesus being tempted as a real human being, by the worst possibility of himself. This is a chance for Jesus to show that one who overcomes is one who rejects the desires of others and the pursuit of himself, which is the satanic. The satanic had always been a way to depict the accuser (or desire) in one’s life. In literature, these accusations had a title called the Satan and were the opposite of the fruit of the Spirit of God (demonstrated in Jesus) from the beginning. So, Jesus is being accused, by his own mind, through starvation, thirst, loneliness, and hardship and the worst possibility of himself wants to break free…the ego, and it wants all it desires. Does the ego win and he grasps at his equality with God to feed his desires…or does he empty himself of the desire (Phil 2) to satisfy the ego, and allows the Love of God to take over and trust in his Father? This is where I see this as anthropological. In that Jesus faced what we all face being temped by the Lust of the Flesh, Lust of the Eyes, and the Pride of Life, which are all the opposite of who Jesus was in his ministry. Is this why Jesus understands all our struggles as well?

        When he is called the first of many fruits, I see that Jesus saw that true Life comes and flows from God, as the Divine is self-emptying and self-humbling, which is the only place that true love can flow from. The struggle is not what does God need to do since sin has corrupted humans and he can’t look upon humanity, but how does God deal with the sin within humanity that accures from desire, violence and rivalry, and is stealing the life out of them.

        The satanic is the mechanism in each of us that accuses (and eventually scapegoats) our neighbor when we cannot meet the desire to have what our neighbor has in the first place. The satanic is driven by desire derived from mimicking our neighbor because we believe they have what we want….which is power, control, unethical wealth, status, elitism, heirarchacal position, and control of others. This is the worst possibility of ourselves and this is what I think Jesus was showing is Antichrist…its not of his Father, and would be the worst possibility of himself. If he gave into any of this, he would be contributing to the “Myth of Redemptive Violence”. Yet he overcame the satanic mechanism by being self-emptying and self-humbling to the point that no sin could reign in his body, soul, and spirit.

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      3. It wasn’t until the resurrection that Jesus overcame sin. Before that, He became the full embodiment of sin, and suffered death. Victory over sin is not in resisting temptation, because I resist temptation daily, and yet I am still inclined to sin. No, the war against sin is much more.

        I think the confusion arises from misunderstanding the true direction of salvation. The idea that salvation is the elevation of man is more in line with Eastern mysticism, and transhumanism, than with what Christ taught. It ties back to that empty promise of the serpent in the garden, that we would be as gods. I say that because, if salvation is by definition the transcendence of man, than honestly what transhumanism proposes can bring salvation too, and that would make our God a liar. But we know that He is incapable of lying, so then salvation must be something else.

        If you read Luke 19:9, and Titus 2:11, you see that salvation comes to us. I think my point becomes more clear when you see Jesus not as the apotheosis of a man, but the anthroposis of God. The point of the Gospel isn’t the elevation of man to God’s level so that we can be one with Him, but the humbling of God to our’s so that we would be one in Him. Jesus is not our savior because He overcame sin in His life, He is our savior because He conquers the sin in ours. He replaces our sin with Himself, our death with life.

        You do so well to highlight the true direction our faith should flow, please extend that to salvation as well.

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    2. Thank you for fleshing that out. I agree with you on the significance of Jesus’ humanization, I just disagree with your application of it.

      Overall, your interpretation leans more towards an Eastern world view, than that which would have been held by the people in the part of the world where Jesus lived, and ministered. It’s important to remember that even though Jesus was revolutionary, the tenets of the faith He preached were in harmony with those established by God through the fathers, moses, and the prophets(Matthew 5:17).

      Your interpretation also creates some theological inconsistencies when you consider the implications. In Matthew 5:28 Jesus explains that even a lustful glance at a woman is committing adultery in the heart. Mark 7:21 teaches that it is from the heart that all manner of evil thoughts arise, and as Proverbs 23:7 states, “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Knowing that Jesus was without sin, how then can we reconcile that, with the source of His temptations being His own human lusts?

      Desire isn’t inherently evil, or sinful. Hosea 6:6, and Matthew 26:39 show both Jesus, and the Father as having desires, with the latter the expression of Jesus’ will to live in contrast to what He knows the Father’s will is for Him.

      Ultimately, I don’t understand the need to have to impose a life of internal temptation, and struggle against sin onto Jesus to grant credibility to His being human, or validity to the act of salvation. His being human was a status, more so than a quality. As an analogy; a thoroughbred race horse being used to carry a load doesn’t make it a donkey.

      There is no part of our salvation by grace which is contingent upon Jesus having been exclusively man. Nothing more is added to the glorious miracle of the Most High God redeeming His children through paying the wages of all their sins with His flesh, by insisting that He carried the defilement of sin in His heart. If anything, it diminishes the true glory of His sacrifice by implying that He was weak to sin, and that there was even a possibility, no matter how small, that He could have succumbed to the weakness that is in man.

      Our Lord is mighty, and perfect, and He came with one purpose. A purpose that was decided before the foundations of the world were laid, and one that was never, nor could ever be, threatened with failure. There was never a question as to wether Jesus would choose sin over God’s will, because it was simply not an option. Not because He lacked the ability to make that choice, but because in being one with the Father, He is the manifestation of that perfect will.

      Jesus wasn’t self-emptying, and self-humbling because He was being like God, He was those things because He was God. He was not a man who found a way to God, but God who made His way to man to be found. He did not come to show the way, but to be the way(John 14:6). Jesus is the door through which we reach our Father. We don’t overcome, Jesus overcomes, and we are made overcomes in Him, because He is in us.

      The struggle is not God’s, but ours. It is with our faithfulness, and obedience to His word. Our salvation does not come by works, i.e. overcoming the “satanic mechanism”, but by our faith in Christ Jesus(Galatians 2:16). The faith that He was God made flesh, to redeem men from the penalty of sin by paying the price in His flesh, and becoming the way out of death into life through His resurrection, being new creations in Him to the glory of God for all time! The gift, the power, and the glory of salvation are in Jesus Christ. To the Father be all glory, and power, and the kingdom forever, Amen.

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  2. Thank you, and I appreciate you very much also.

    I love that you exercise your faith out of love, the way Jesus intended, and I wish more confessed Christians did the same. I also like that you encourage a more responsible walk of faith, with personal accountability to uphold beliefs. I think that often times faith is treated like a membership to a county club, rather than the fully engaged commitment that it is. John 14:15 makes it clear that Jesus expects us to do our part, and that this walk we have with God requires work, as Matthew 16:24 states.

    My only concern is that there won’t be the due diligence required to guard our hearts, minds, and spirits fully if the true threat that we face is only seen as a human one.

    The hebrew word satan means adversary, and in that very real way we often are that in one another’s lives. In all honesty there is no need for another entity to credit with the evil that we perpetrate against each other, but the truth is there is a devil, and he works tirelessly to destroy all those that he can. The Word uses devil, serpent, and dragon to identify that entity, and it describes him as a murderer, thief, and as the father of all lies.

    We need to see the darkness in our own hearts, and fight that, but we also need to understand that there are dark forces in high places that conspire to destroy the souls of men. Please don’t take this as admonition, but see it as my desire to protect family. God bless

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