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I have always wondered that if all these things are going to happen in the Bible and in the end Satan will be defeated, can't Satan read? These Scriptures have been translated into every language known to man. Can't he read? If he knows he will lose, then why even try unless it is written that it will happen, in which case, he has no free will. In the Gospel of Judas, Judas writes that he was asked by the Lord to betray Him in order for God’s will to be carried out. Somebody had to do it, right? Or else how could all other things come to pass? Either way, I try to live my life by one of Christ’s sayings, and that's to "love one another as I have loved you". It works for me… and is reading the Bible enough? What do the Scriptures say to you?
You could just as easily ask the question, “Since all non-Christians will go to hell in the end, why don’t they convert? Can’t they read?”. Anytime someone has a dishonest or hardened heart, they do things that are against logic. This is why people murder, steal, hate, etc. Hard hearts make for bad decisions. The Bible describes that state as having a “seared conscience” that is incapable of seeing the truth that is right in front of them (1 Tim 4:2). From what we can read, nobody has a harder heart than Satan.
Now let’s address the other details you mentioned. The Gospel of Judas isn’t a Bible book; it is a fraud. God didn’t write that book, and it has been left out of the Bible for a reason. The Gospel of Judas is what is called an apocryphal book, and it was never accepted as authentic by the early Christians. Read “Books Of The Apocrypha” for further details.
Now for your last question – reading the Bible isn’t enough; you have to live by it, too. The apostle Paul said the gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16). When we read the words and then live by the words, then we will be saved (Jas 1:22). You might want to read “Five Steps To Salvation” for further details on getting started in that life.
Can Satan read our minds? Does Satan read our thoughts? Is he capable of knowing what we are thinking? Thank You!
What Am I Thinking Right Now?
Dear What Am I Thinking Right Now,
Satan cannot read your mind, but he can attack your mind. The devil is exceptionally cunning and wiley (Eph 6:11). He uses his trickery to deceive us, but he doesn’t know your inner thoughts. On certain occasions, the devil has placed thoughts within minds (Jhn 13:2), but he cannot see into our hearts. If the devil could read minds and hearts, he never would have wasted time tempting Jesus (Matt 4:1).
God is the only one to be noted to have the ability to see into our hearts (Acts 1:24) and read our minds (Lk 11:17). Aside from God, the only one who knows your mind is you (1 Cor 2:11). The devil may be very clever… but he doesn’t know the depths of your soul.
Did God create evil? If so, is there evil in Him?
Dear Dark Detector,
God didn’t create evil; the devil did. The Bible says that Satan is the father of lies (Jhn 8:44). Sin only exists when we turn our backs on God. Sin is a lot like darkness. Darkness isn’t really a thing – it is the absence of light. God is the Father of lights and every good thing (Jas 1:17)... there is no evil in God. When we stop following the Lord, we no longer walk in the light. Evil is the absence of godliness. Evil is what you get when you remove God’s design.
I have reason to believe that I may be possessed because I get upset/angry at the most unusual times, and even today on Christmas, I got mad at least once. Is there anything I can do at home (I have NO means of transportation as I am a fourteen-year-old male) to help put the demons to rest?
You aren’t possessed by demons; you are enslaved to anger – there is a difference. Demon possession ended not long after the days of Christ. Jesus made it clear that one of His jobs was to bind the devil and take His strength away by casting out his demons (Matt 12:28-29). When Jesus’ disciples had come back from their evangelism trips and related to Him that they had cast out many demons, Jesus told them that they were defeating Satan by getting rid of Satan’s demonic minions (Lk 10:17-18). When Jesus and His disciples cast out demons, they did it permanently (Lk 8:30-33) and bound Satan by their acts. We no longer have to deal with such overt attacks by the devil because he has been bound by Christ’s sacrifice (Rev. 20:2).
The way to deal with anger is to choose self-control, which can be very difficult, especially in our teenage years. Jas 1:19 says that one of the best cures for anger is to slow down and listen first. If we are swift to hear and slow to speak, anger tends to subside because of understanding. God gave us each two ears and only one mouth for a reason. Focus on listening to others and trying to understand their perspectives before allowing anger to control you.
Thank you so much for using God’s Word as a light to our paths; you have helped lots of people with the health of their souls!!! My question has to do with the ‘spirit of heaviness’ cited in Isaiah 61:3 “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.”
I have a friend that says depression is a demonic entity that attacks us; he then says the only way around it is praise to Jesus. Is there any truth to this doctrine?
Friend Of Eeyore
Dear Friend Of Eeyore,
Isaiah 61 is dealing with the blessings and victory that exist in Christ’s church, and it has nothing to do with demon possession. Though it is true that focusing on our blessings and showing praise can help us when our spirits are heavy, demon possession is an entirely separate issue.
Evil spirits are real, but they were cast out and their powers greatly reduced by Christ and the apostles. Demon possession ended not long after the days of Christ. Jesus made it clear that one of His jobs was to bind the devil and take His strength away by casting out his demons (Matt 12:28-29). When Jesus’ disciples had come back from their evangelism trips and related to Him that they had cast out many demons, Jesus told them that they were defeating Satan by getting rid of Satan’s demonic minions (Lk 10:17-18). When Jesus and His disciples cast out demons, they did it permanently (Lk 8:30-33) and bound Satan by their acts. We no longer have to deal with such overt attacks by the devil because he has been bound by Christ’s sacrifice (Rev. 20:2). Demon possession no longer exists; the devil must use subtler methods to deceive us now.