This trick is no treat

“How can Satan cast out Satan?” (Mark 3:23).

Some rabbis contend that “the slanderer” or “the satan” (as he is often referred to in Old Testament scripture) is just the personification of evil, or the evil thoughts of our own hearts. Some allege that he is a fallen angel, and that seems likely. Others say he’s simply mythical, like Zeus – just a cartoon character with horns and a pitchfork people like to dress up as and laugh about at this time of year.

But Jesus said Satan was a real entity, and had real power in the human realm. Consequently, it would be logical suicide to acknowledge the existence of Jesus and not the existence of Satan.

Perhaps a greater point would be that, frankly, if there is no devil, Jesus was likely schizophrenic. Jesus believed he was engaged in a battle with Satan (Matthew 3:23-27). Jesus believed that he heard the voice of Satan, tempting him, and responded (Luke 4:1-13). Jesus believed that Satan attempted to interfere with the progress of God’s plans (Matthew 13:39; Luke 8:12). Jesus believed that Satan was ruling like a prince over this earthly realm, and that a great part of his earthly mission was to overthrow Satan (Luke 10:18; John 12:31).

Or, the alternative is that Jesus was completely sane, and Satan was and is real, and was and is very much alive (1 Peter 5:8). Take your pick.

If you think Satan is a laughing matter, then unfortunately, the joke is on you.

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Rick began preaching in Wallace, WV (1999-2002), worked with the church in Proctor, WV (2002-2004), and is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Preaching (2004). He served the church in Prestonsburg, KY from 2004-2014, and is currently laboring with the Massillon, OH congregation (2014-present). He also serves on the resource staff for the Warren Christian Apologetics Center (WCAC), a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to "setting forth evidence for the existence of God, the divine origin of the Bible, and the deity of Jesus Christ." Outside of his biblical studies, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Samantha, their six children (Christian, Hannah, Noah, Emma, Evan & Leah), a sweet Golden Retriever (Max), an energetic Australian Shepherd (Mallie), and a very chill Goldendoodle (Moses). He also specializes in boring people with his guitar (he's also been known to do this with his sermons), prefers Earl Grey (now that he can no longer drink coffee), and studying personal finance.

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