In the last post, the author discussed the purpose of people in this world. The purpose is to serve the Creator because God loves us, so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross, and to take the world’s punishment for sin on himself. But what has Satan done to make the mindset of serving God hard for people to grasp?
Satan, since the beginning of time, has used what is in the world to keep or turn people away from God. Starting in Genesis 3, Satan tempted Eve with the tree that God told Adam and Eve not to eat of.
Genesis 3:1-6 – Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
As one goes further along in the Bible, Satan uses worldly pleasures to tempt God’s followers. Time would fail the author to describe each occasion. Now, if you look at today’s time frame, Satan is still using worldly pleasures to tempt God’s followers. Take a look at a few examples.
Through some genre’s of music, such as heavy metal or rap, the general theme is excessive anger and violence. Anger has no place in the heart of a person, with a few exceptions. However, people are not to take actions based on their anger, that belongs to God.
Romans 12:19 – Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Through dress for both men and women, the Bible makes direct principles regarding to covering up a person’s nakedness. While the principle was for the priests in Israel, the principle that a person with less clothes on is more, well, naked,is still there.
Exodus 28:42 – And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:
But what has Satan done with this? He has influenced the world to dress in such a way that shows a person’s nakedness. By making the norm of the world become a standard that people are judged by, Satan makes Christians want to follow after the world. Christians need to resist this temptation and focus on serving God, knowing that the mindset of the world is not right with God, and that Satan is using the world to steer Christians away from God.