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The Devil-He’s Real!

by Ron Bartanen

Halloween, my least-favorite holiday of the year, dwells predominantly upon the occult, such as ghosts and witches, both of which dwell upon the dark side of the super-natural—the dark kingdom of Satan.  Some would deny that such a realm exists.  A recent    survey   of    Americans    revealed  that about 60% of Americans believe Satan is nothing more than a personification of evil    The Bible, however, teaches us otherwise—from Genesis to Revelation.  He is seen as the antithesis of God, involving mankind in rebellion against God

All evil has its origin with the devil, not with God.  He is a liar and a murderer (John 8:44).  All who advocate the death of the innocent, including children yet in the womb, are agents promoting Satan’s agenda.  (Continue next column)

Satan will be ultimately destroyed.  The first promise after the fall of man was that there would be the seed (descendant) of the woman who would render a mortal wound upon Satan (Gen. 3:15).  Jesus, the promised seed, came to “destroy the works of the devil” (John 3:8).  He did this through His death for our sins, and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-4).  Ultimately, Satan will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10).  Make no mistake about it—The devil is real!

–Ron; article in Arthur Graphic, 10-31-‘12

-Ron Bartanen lives in Sullivan, IL and preaches for the Arthur Church of Christ

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10