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Human life on Earth is subject to opposing powers: 

God

 

Satan

 

Major Tactics of Satan

 

The Bible

codex-sinaiticusIn order to help communicate His Will to many people over long periods of time, God caused men thousands of years ago to commit their thoughts, ideas, stories and records to writing. Over time, He caused others to eventually compile these writings into what we today refer to as the Bible.

The Bible consists of several dozen books and letters that were written by human beings under the Divine inspiration of God.  Some of these books document the laws, customs and other practices of ancient people related to their religious worship.  For example, certain Old Testament books call for the execution of people by stoning or burning at the stake for things we wouldn't even consider crimes today, such as cursing one's parents or breaking the Sabbath.  

Many Biblically-ignorant religious people today will tell you that God requires you to follow these rules, but Jesus' own words show them to be deceivers:

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Although Jesus made it clear that he was Lord even over Old Testament laws, it is important to realize that God intended for those laws to be recorded for us to know about, for the historical record. Therefore the entire Bible is correctly referred to as God's Word, even if we may not necessarily want to conduct ourselves the way Bible characters did thousands of years ago.

Satan, however, will seek out susceptible types of people who do not understand Jesus' message and convince them that because these laws and customs are recorded in God's Word, it means that God must want people to follow all of those laws today! Satan will inflate their egos and senses of self-righteousness, and try to get them to enforce these laws on others.  This is called legalism, and is a trap that people from many different religious backgrounds fall into.  Here is one example from a news clipping dated October 2012:

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Rather than attempt to follow the teachings of Jesus and emulate His behavior, many people today find it easier to just attend their particular church and ignorantly quote rules like the Pharisees did.   But by doing so, they are still following the example of the Pharisees instead of the teachings of Jesus, even if they wear a cross on a necklace or have a certain bumper sticker on their car.  Many of them never think very long about the fact that it was the Pharisees -- the religious authorities of the day -- who conspired with the government to have Jesus put to death.

Lets put the Christ back inNot that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. (2 Cor. 3:5-6 KJV)

But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Cor. 3:14-17 KJV)

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See also: Galatians 3
See also: Commentary: Matthew 5:17-19 and "The Law"

Matthew 23

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Satan's tactic of legalism can only be successful if he can get people to stop talking to God directly and praying sincerely for God's guidance in their lives.  For the trick to work, Satan needs people to believe that they already KNOW God's Will and that it is their job to enforce it on others. If he can get them to worship "every jot and tittle" recorded in the Bible INSTEAD OF ACTUALLY WORSHIPPING GOD HIMSELF, then Satan has got them firmly in his clutches. They are damned, while remaining the entire time totally convinced that they are warriors for God.

Satan will also find lots of people who didn't fall for the religious legalism scam.   When he approaches these people, he will very cleverly use the opposite approach and say, "look at those religious fundamentalists, trying to impose their beliefs on everyone else.   They are obviously very dangerous, violent and backwards people for believing what they do.    If there is a God and He is just, He would not be promoting these horrible doctrines.   It is clear that this whole business of people believing in God is an outmoded idea that has no place any more in this day and age.  Let us band together to stamp it out once and for all from the face of the Earth."   And many people, some quite intelligent, will agree with the logic of this argument and turn away from God entirely.   And they, too, will never realize that they have been tricked.

jesus saves_brickGod does not personally appear to most of us in a cloud of fire, pointing His finger at us and instructing us "This is My Word and you must follow it!" The reason He does not do this is because He has given us the free will to make up our own minds. As a result, there are many people who do not believe that the Bible is truly the Word of God.

Since Satan's purpose is to oppose the Will of God, he will do whatever he can to discredit God and sabotage God's work. Satan does not necessarily care if you believe in God or not as such; rather, he is more concerned with whether or not he can con you into working against God's Will, regardless of whatever religious or philosophical framework you are coming from.

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