He’s referred to as Satan, or the devil. We’ve all seen the cartoon caricatures of him. He’s red with horns, a pointy tail, and a pitch fork. And he’s supposed to be bad, but truth be told, he looks like he’d be kind of fun to hang out with. Much more fun than the boring angels, who are pictured as wearing white robes, with wings, halos, and harps.
Or maybe he’s pictured as the ruler of a realm called hell. It’s kind of hot, but it’s a dry heat. And that’s where all the fun people are. He’s partying with Playboy bunnies and rocking out to AC/DC.
You’ve seen those pictures, but maybe you don’t believe it’s actual reality. Here’s something that you might find surprising: I agree with you! I don’t believe in those pictures, either!
The cartoonish caricatures of Satan have no basis in reality. But that doesn’t mean that Satan isn’t real. It just means that these cultural images of him aren’t real.
To our modern, western mindset, it all seems kind of hard to believe. The whole idea of an evil being called the devil…it just feels more like mythology than reality, doesn’t it? Does the Bible REALLY say that Satan is real, that he is alive and active? Or is he just a fictional representation of evil?
That’s what we’re talking about at Connect throughout the month of March as we dive into a four-week series called “The Enemy.” We’re going to see what the Bible does (and doesn’t) say about the devil.
You don’t want to miss it!
Mike Edmisten is Senior Pastor at Connect Christian Church, a portable church that meets on the eastside of Cincinnati at Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary near Ohio 125 and I-275. Join us at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday.