Two errors regarding the devils

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist and a magician with the same delight. — C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Oddly enough, our present culture has adopted both errors at once. No one seems to believe in the devil, the cosmic powers over this present darkness, or the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Eph 6:11, 12). We altogether ignore their demonic threats and make little effort to stand against their schemes. Meanwhile, society is obsessed with Satan. We feature him in our movies, music, and body art.

Christian, the devil and his army are real. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him (1Pe 5:8, 9). By all means, put on the whole armor of God to thwart his attacks (Eph 6:11).

But please remember that Satan is merely a dog on God’s leash. He is not God’s equal opponent. Christ commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him (Mk 1:27). Do not become overly distracted by the devil. Do not elevate him in your mind more than you should. Be aware, yes, but avoid an excessive and unhealthy interest” in either his person or his power.

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