Full Discussion of “Satan is a Liar” tract.
This is a rough draft. I’ll work on cleaning it up later.
SATAN IS THE “FATHER OF LIES”!
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU BELIEVE!
(Do you believe that?? J )
It’s easy to believe a lie when you want to.
Our beliefs are a powerful driving force; they determine who we are and what we do. And sadly they are often wrong and easily manipulated. We need to be careful and not just go with the flow of the masses.
· Did you know that for 30 years people thought that drinking radiation water was good for them? It was sold in bottles: Radithor.
· Think bacon and eggs has always been the “all American breakfast”? Nope, it’s an incredible propaganda victory. (google Edward Burnays)
The intent of this section is to show that you can’t always accept something as fact even when the majority of scientist believe it and say it is fact. The critics will point out that just because they are wrong sometimes it doesn’t mean they are wrong all the time (an argument by opposite exaggeration). And I agree. But again my point was just that you need to look into it further without automatically accepting it as fact.
But what we believe about God’s truth is far more important because it will determine our eternal destiny. The “church” has been wrong many times too (killing Jews, racism, slavery). Any church can make this mistake, protestant, Catholic, etc. Only the Bible can be trusted. Be careful to get your truth straight from the Bible, not from other people’s interpretation of it. And don’t be afraid to follow God. He loves you.
The critics will point out that some people claim to be following God but are clearly crazy. In my 20 years of being a serious Christian I’ve run across several nuts that claim they are following God so I know what they’re talking about. Many of them may have taken drugs or something in the past that messed up their ability to think straight. That certainly reduces people’s trust in God or trusting that we can know God’s truth. However, these are very rare and I’ve met countless people who sincerely sought the truth in the Bible and found it. They may have differences on small details of the Bible that aren’t clear (e.g. worshiping on Saturday or Sunday, or pre trib rapture or post trib, etc) but they agree on the bigger ones (e.g. the need to believe in Jesus and ask Him to cleanse you from your sins).
Even if you believe in God, you need to read your Bible to know what He requires. Many people will be terribly shocked on judgment day (Luke 13) Click for more info.
Satan’s biggest lie “there is no God”. The Bible actually says God does not usually want to prove himself to people but He is looking for sincere people willing to seek the truth by faith. (See Jeremiah 29:13, Acts 17:27, Heb 11:6). Creation and our conscience point to a creator but a sinful man will not seek Him: Psalms 10:4 In his pride the wicked does not seek him. God has hidden Himself, so it’s easy for people to believe this lie.
The critics will naturally balk at why there is no undeniable evidence and why we have to rely on Faith. As I tried to briefly explain, God is very wise and so he has used faith as a test for sincerity. When people sincerely seek the truth they will find that Christianity and the Bible are very easy to believe in, unlike any other religion. In fact it’s much easier to believe in than evolution or atheism. This isn’t because there’s some undeniable irrefutable proof, but just a whole lot of clues that would be hard to fake.
It’s like I can’t prove that the car in your driveway or parking lot isn’t actually someone else’s. Someone could have replaced it with a car that looks just like yours. It has the same body dings, the same personal items inside, the same key etc. Everything just happen to look the exact same. You can’t absolutely prove that didn’t happen. But common sense reasoning naturally leads you to firmly believe that it is actually your car. In the same way when we look at irreducibly complexity (more on that later) and all the historical and prophetical “clues” in the Bible we can reasonably conclude that there is a God and the Bible describes His interaction with us. And again it’s much easier than all the alternatives. It takes amazing faith to believe that all this came from nothing and unintelligent random chances, as I’ll get into more detail with.
The problem is many people really don’t want to find it because they enjoy being self-ruled. Or they are enjoying some things they think God would disapprove of (showing they still have some conscience left). In truth these things are counterfeits to the Good things that God has to offer. When you follow God’s ways you’ll find things happen as the Bible says. They lead to peace and joy, family harmony, love for fellowman, etc.
But when a person doesn’t want to see this because of the things I mentioned or others, they will wince when they start to think it could be true and deliberately put it out of their mind. They certainly won’t think it thru as it requires. Some will be so opposed to it that they mock it, create fake science (more in a minute), and make up stories of how God threatens to torture us for eternity but doesn’t even reveal himself.
To address this last thought quickly, the Bible says that Hell was actually created for Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20) and that God doesn’t want any to perish (2 Peter 3:9). There are many verses that talk of God’s love for us (John 3:16 being the most famous). People will only go there after they have continually rejected their conscience, the obvious complexity of creation, and pleading from other Christians like myself.
But they have to come up with some crazy (&well-funded) ideas for how we got here, which take far more faith. They see similarities in creation and extrapolate to absurdities. It’s like thinking an IPad evolved naturally from an IPhone. The ultimate origin is a real mystery so it’s actually by faith. Some even propose aliens (and who knows where the aliens came from).
“No one knows how it got started” Richard Dawkins (2008 “Expelled” documentary)
“That’s a great mystery” Bill Nye, the science guy (debate with Ken Ham)
“[that] is an unanswerable question” Carl Sagan (Cosmos) SEE IT’S BLIND FAITH!!
This was a summary so more is discussed in detail below. Critics might say that Bill Nye “mopped the floor” (or something similar) in the debate with Ken Ham but that’s all subjective. I even heard some atheists saying he didn’t do that well. He certainly didn’t produce any convincing evidence for evolution. His statement that I use above clearly shows that ultimately it’s a faith issue for him too.
Some critics like to separate this beginning (abiogenesis) from the rest of the evolution theory since it is so unprovable. But it is technically part of the overall big theory of how life and matter begun.
Critics will also point out that just because they don’t know what happened it doesn’t prove that there is a God (“God of the gaps”). And I agree it’s not proof. But it should cause you to question the whole evolution theory when the very first step goes against all that we observe, common sense, and the first two laws of thermodynamics (matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed, and all things go from more organized to disorganized).
The critics aren’t too concerned that they don’t know because they believe someday they’ll discover what happened. Logically it will have to be some kind of a process that creates everything from nothing (I mean nothing, not energy or anything) or that something existed for eternity with no creator, ever. It has to be one or the other. Both of these are extremely hard to believe. It interesting that though they don’t know, they are almost always certain it can NOT be a god-like higher power.
Richard Dawkins in his interview in the Expelled documentary said clearly “no one knows how it got started”. He even talks about the possibility of aliens but says they had to have a natural origin because he was absolutely sure it’s not a god-like higher power. How can he be so sure if he doesn’t know? There being a God is out of the question and logically there’s no reason so I’m thinking it must be a moral/self rule type issue as I’ve mentioned.
It does take effort, but IF you sincerely seek the truth you’ll find the Bible is easy to believe in. Since Satan is such a deceiver it’s not surprising to find so much deception in various religions. But there is no other book like the Bible. Usually religions are created by a few people making claims and telling stories. There is no compelling evidence at all. They are spread by deception, cultural traditions or force.
The Bible is very unique in these ways:
History. Unlike any other book, the Bible has been accurately recording world events since 4000 B.C. It was written over 1500 years (5 time longer than we’ve been a country) on 3 continents by 40 people with one congruent story. Other religious books have bogus stories and no real history. See below for more information on history.
A good portion of ancient history relies on the Egyptian dating method. And in its current state there is a lot of skepticism on the Bible’s accuracy. It includes assumptions of how long certain undocumented periods in Egypt were. There’s lots of evidence for the Israelites and the Exodus, it’s just in the wrong time period so they discount it. But it is in the right time period if you shift the assumed undocumented time period. But they are very firm in these assumptions even though there’s no evidence for it. There are two documentaries with the “Patterns of Evidence” series. You can rent them on YouTube for about $4 each. They discuss all this and some of the theories of language origination and how the book of Exodus fits fine into what we’ve discovered in archeology. The Bible is constantly meshing with archeology and secular historical documents. https://answersingenesis.org/archaeology/does-archaeology-support-the-bible/
But some critics may accept the historicity of the Bible but still deny God was behind it. This would be an amazing journey of a tiny group of people to the center of the then-known world without the help of God. And many major events, like the red sea crossing, Mt. Sinai, and the worldwide flood have clues, though they are heavily guarded by the current Muslim inhabitants. Other miracles wouldn’t generate a material clue that would last for thousands of years. The historicity, going back to 4000 B.C. should at least make you take note that this old book may have something to it. It is certainly the most credible of all religions. The others don’t have anything at all.
Critics may claim that the Bible was written by Israelites to bolster themselves. But in the Bible you see that the Israelites were certainly not perfect men and their wicked deeds are very accurately recorded as such and condemned many times throughout the Old Testament. In fact the Old Testament is really not that flattering of them. It’s not tempting to think they wrote it to flatter themselves. God loved and chose them because of the faith and righteousness of the forefathers but they were an obstinate people.
But as for Israel He says, “All the day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.” Romans 11:21
Prophesy. The Bible has many specific prophesies that were fulfilled 100’s of years later. The book of Daniel (written 600 B.C.) predicted the next 400 years of world kingdoms. It has information that was only known in 600 B.C. (more about that in a minute), but critics still try to say it was written later to avoid explaining these exact prophesies. But even if you read Isaiah 53 or Daniel 9 knowing they are proven by critics to be written before at least 153 B.C., you’ll see they talk about Jesus clearly before He was born. Daniel 9:25 predicts the exact year of Jesus’ coming. It was 483 years (69 sevens) after a decree to rebuild Jerusalem (458 BC per Ezra 7:11-26). 26 A.D. (start of his ministry) is 483 years later (see website for more). Some prophesies have even been fulfilled in our time: Israel was reborn in a day (Isaiah 66:8) and is a burden to the nations (Zach 12), the explosion of knowledge (Daniel 12:4), instant worldwide communication (Rev. 11:9). Some are in work to soon be fulfilled: one-world religion and government, mark on the hand needed to buy and sell (Rev. 13).
Critics will claim that the prophesies were general in nature and some are. But when you start adding them all up it becomes more and more exclusive. People who study this say 1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. Not sure how they did the math but it’s certainly very unlikely. https://www1.cbn.com/biblestudy/biblical-prophecies-fulfilled-by-jesus
Prophesying the very year of his coming 600 years beforehand, which can be linked to secular historical dates is pretty impressive. See my article on this.
Critics will point out that only God the Father knows the day of Jesus’ return and yet we talk all about it. It’s true we don’t know when. But we do know a few things about what will happen and can look for their coming beforehand.
Sincere Leaders. Jesus, and His disciples were killed for their message, showing sincere motives. No other major religious leader voluntarily died for his message. Usually only his followers die for him while he lives well.
Notice how I tried to make it real clear that it’s unusual for a LEADER to VOLUNTARILY die for something he teachers. It may be easy to convince followers to die for you. It at least shows they believed it. But there’s little motivation for a leader to invent a lie then die early for it. That’s why no other credible spiritual leader voluntarily died. E.g. Joseph Smith died prematurely at the hands of a mob but involuntarily. Mohammad also died involuntarily after he taught how glorious and beneficial it was to die for Allah. Now maybe a few crazy spiritual leaders like Jim Jones, or David Koresh might have died, but they were so crazy that they aren’t credible in other ways. Quite unlike Jesus who split CE and BCE.
Teaching. It has unique teaching on sin, forgiveness, peace, and love that heals the soul and makes sense of a fallen world. It tells of a loving God that wants good for us but also of a deceitful Satan/Devil that hates us. We see the effects of both. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy. His ways look fun but lead to problems, as you find out later. When we follow what the Bible says, things work out better. (E.g. Marriage vs immorality). The exception is persecution from people following Satan.
Summary of deceptions preventing belief in God:
(Given very briefly for you to consider a side you may not have seen, since
the Christian side is not often presented in mainstream sources.)
ð Enjoying sin & don’t want to think about it. It’s important! Please do. Satan offers many temptations, but they are all harmful counterfeits.
ð Church Hypocrisy, problems, wars, etc. See 2 Timothy 4:3, Rev 3:14. Sadly, many churches are lukewarm as the Bible predicted in end times. People pervert the truth all the time. Follow only the Bible.
ð Various “historical” documentaries and movies. Archeology overwhelmingly supports the Bible as many secular archeologists admit. But it deals with fragmented or sometimes inaccurate archeological information. It requires guesses and assumptions sometimes. Remember written language itself was developing during these times and there was no universal dating system. So some critics can quickly develop skewed opinions with the unclear areas. (Two documentaries “Patterns of Evidence-Exodus” and “… – Moses” do a good job of detailing this)
Many times they have thought the Bible was wrong, only to find later it wasn’t. e.g. For centuries they thought the Bible was wrong because it mentions Belshazzar as king of Babylon and everyone knew it was Nabonidus. Other details were off too. Then in 1882 they found a small detail on the “Nabonidus Cylinders” which clarified it all. Nabonidus left his reign to his son Belshazzar as co-regent while he was away most of his reign. That’s why Daniel became the “third ruler of the kingdom” (Daniel 5:29) and not the second. The cylinders were buried and forgotten and this detail was lost to ancient historians as Babylon was destroyed. Historians just 100 years later (Herodotus, Megasthenes, Berossus) mention only Nabonidus. This gives credibility to the Book of Daniel and its amazingly accurate prophesies because it must have been written close to the events before the detail was lost. The Bible was also criticized for lack of proof & then vindicated on various persons, people groups, and cities.
ð Evolution casts doubt that there is a God.
Evolution has so many flaws that are not revealed in popular media and education outlets. They fight hard to suppress this from being taught. When you look deeper you see it’s just well-guarded propaganda. The expelled documentary covers this.
1. Life has never come from non-life! Even the famous Miller-Euric “primordial soup” theory has been proven impossible.
2. The well-known example of a horse turning into a giraffe by generations of stretching their neck, called Lamarckism, is also abandoned.
3. Darwin’s theory, change by natural selection alone, has been proven inept so they’ve added mutation, called neo-Darwinism. But mutations only alter existing information, ie an extra foot, not create new features. There is no known process to add new information to DNA. This is crucial to evolution so belief in it is by faith. New research is clearly showing genetic entropy (degradation) is actually happening, not genetic improvement.
4. If evolution were true “Missing link” fossils should be as abundant as other fossils, but they are non-existent except for a few propped-up ones.
5. DNA research has shown that creatures have built-into their DNA (by the creator) a wealth of information that allows them to speciate within a kind. (e.g. produce many types of dogs and wolves, but not cats). Evolutionists name this “micro-evolution”, and use it for their examples, touting that “evolution” is proven true. But it’s not evolution as we know it. It is actually a complex creation. True evolution (changing kinds) is never found.
Critics will try to blend micro and macro evolution. If they don’t distinguish the difference between minor speciation and completely changing kinds it’s only to confuse the issue because there is a big difference between the two. To blur the difference is called equivocation: Proving the one thing that is provable and making people believe the other is also true
6. Cells, organisms, and even the whole world eco system are made of many integrated parts that can’t survive alone. They had to be created whole or they would have died. But the odds of even one cell, the smallest of these systems, all coming together is 1:1×10137,000 (that’s a number that is a hundred and thirty thousand zeros long, a million to one shot is 1:1×106). The cell is much more complicated than Darwin could have ever imagined. It’s basically a mini-city. Google an image of “metabolic pathways” if you want to blow your mind. See Youtube “expelled cell animation” for an animation of what happens in a cell.
It’s always interesting to see how atheists dodge the irreducible complexity dilemma. It’s hard enough to believe that a tornado can assemble a car from loose parts in a junkyard from a continuous very long process of trying. But it’s even harder to believe it can happen in one short event. Unlike a car, a living thing has to have all the parts come together quickly or it will die. And the most simple living thing, a cell, is amazingly complex (seevideo) and the odds of it coming together by chance is staggering, even if all the parts where there and the eco system was there to sustain it.
I’ve never seen anyone tackle this head on. They either use the first scenario where you have all the time you want for it to happen, but as I discussed with living things that won’t work. Or they use a much simpler system (ie a string of 12 letters) and you can lock in the letters when they appear in the right location and you don’t have to worry about them again. Again, in a living thing that won’t work. The last is to simply state emphatically that it happens and doesn’t prove a thing so stop worrying about it (or something like that). That sounds like the method you’ve accepted. But whether we were there or not (your argument) we have to logically consider how this could have happened. And it doesn’t prove which god did it, it just shows that something intelligent must have done it. That’s why a lot of atheists believe in aliens. That helps them get over this red flag that pops up when they try to imagine it happening on accident. But then they go right back to their desire to be self ruled (next paragraph below) so they just say that the aliens were created by some kind of natural process. That helps push it far enough away in to the obscurity to help them sleep at night.
Critics will point out that none of this is pertinent because biology is dealing with living things that reproduce and so these changes and evolution can happen during the reproduction. But you still have to consider how that first complicated and self-replicating cell came about. Besides that only makes it more difficult. The miracle of life is just that, a miracle. Intelligent scientists have been trying with enormous resources to recreate life for a long time with no success. And just look at the very observable process of reproduction. How two cells meet, create a new blueprint to life through the amazing DNA code, and then go and create that blueprint piece by piece (cell by cell). Louie Giglio has a good video describing this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atUGBua2AzE
Try to imagine creating something (like an iPad) that can reproduce itself! See, that’s the huge first step. After that, then thinking it can change how it looks over time as it reproduces is actually much easier, though we don’t even see that. In fact we see roadblocks to it (genetic entropy). But all that aside, just getting past that first step is extremely difficult. We just take it for granted because we see it all the time. See this article on this: http://www.libertyoftruth.com/attachments/Tall-Tale2.pdf
ð Killing in the Bible. God “resets” peoples when they become depraved – a miserable, hopeless condition where even innocent kids suffer (child abuse, child sacrifice, disease). It won’t change so God ends the misery (by fire, flood too). It was always limited to one time and place, it was not to be ongoing.
It may be hard for us 3000 years later to understand the depth of their depravity. It was probably a living hell that affected everybody in the town and was impossible to turn around. It’s done to actually save the rest of mankind, like removing a cancer. Using the term “reset” is the shortest word I could find to describe it. God does judge sin but does so after much patience and when it’s well deserved. There’s a verse that tells how God was giving them time to repent for many many years. It’s much different than the human reasons for genocide: greed, hate, and revenge. It’s important to see the difference.
Naturally people protest this genocide, especially when it affected the children. I know this is difficult and it certainly wasn’t meant to be the ongoing way of doing things (as other religions do). You don’t see this nature of God elsewhere. E.g. Jesus loved the children and rebuked the disciples for ignoring them. God spared Nineveh because of the children (those who “didn’t know their right hand from their left”). Elsewhere we see the wrath of God only when it is justified against people who deserve it. So for the children to be killed something was different. It may have been because of diseases (in some places they were told to kill the animals and not touch the food or take any other spoils). Sexual promiscuity does tend to generate diseases.
Also, if there were any children that were innocent they went straight to heaven. In fact some who were already following the evil ways of their parents may have also went to heaven because they hadn’t reached the age of accountability. So in the bigger picture it may have been the best thing that happened to them. But I certainly see why they are skeptical. When you read the whole Bible you just see a much different picture so you know something was wrong there.
ð If there was a God, why is there pain & suffering? Satan, the “prince of this world” & “the father of lies” has some control of earth & has brought suf-fering, death, etc. Man is free to obey God, who wants good, or Satan and evil.
ð Why doesn’t God prove Himself? Discussed earlier, He wants faith.
ð Isn’t the Bible full of errors? In spite of being written over 1500 years, it actually isn’t. Critics misunderstand small details in this ancient book which was written in a totally different culture and writing style. e.g. Prophesies can have multiple fulfilments or come from different sources. Terms can mean different things (“father” can mean predecessor or great-great grandfather). Different names are used. See also the previous historical discussion.
There are numerous critiques so they’d have to be addressed individually. Several good websites have information on them.
Modern church lies:
(1) “Believing” in God is all that is required.
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. … You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. Read all James chapter 2
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:3-6)
There are many verses that say if you believe you will be saved, but later verses clarify that true belief will be followed by obedience. There are 60 other verses that support this and the church taught it for 1500 years. See our website below for the list of scriptures and an e-book on the subject.
(2) Sin is forgiven & not a big deal. Jesus said cut your hand off if it causes you to sin! (Matt. 18:8). “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning” (1 John 3:7)
So don’t be afraid to seek and obey God. When you sincerely follow His ways your conscience will be clear and you’ll have peace and joy. There can be times of persecution and we are not exempt from those who follow Satan’s evil ways. But it’s still a much better way to live!!