While reading a comment addressed to me by an atheist (who claims that neither God not Satan exist) I was stuck by the similarities in this guy’s attitude and the attitude that Satan has in the Bible. I want to present the facts and let you be the judge.
The Bible presents Satan as a fallen angel. He was created by God. God did not create Satan evil. He created Satan to be perfect in every way. Satan did have free will to choose to obey God or not. Satan decided that he knew how to run things better than God and he decided that he would replace God as the Supreme Being of the universe. Satan failed miserably at his attempt and was cast out of his position. He is a deceiver and convinced 1/3 of the angels to join him. I do not want to get into all the details but I do want to show Satan’s attitude and make a comparison with the attitude of his followers (they follow him even if they believe with all of their hearts that he does not exist).
12 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn ! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations ! 13 “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven ; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. 14 ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds ; I will make myself like the Most High.’ (Isaiah 14)
It all begins in the heart. He sees himself as being better than what he really is. He wants to ascend above God. He wants to be like God (worshiped). Interestingly enough, that is the very tactic that Satan uses to tempt mankind to fall into sin:
8 Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory ; 9 and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4)
Satan desires to be worshiped and his followers are the same. I want to present a quote to you from a comment that was written to me by an atheist. You can draw the connections and conclusions.
If he (God) even has the right to ‘belief’, worship or respect? As shown above, he (God) deserves none of those things. Satan (if he exists; he’s all part of the fairytale that is ‘Religion’ too) is deserving of worship & respect.
And via the simple fact that I’ve never killed anyone in my life – nor do I want to ever – therefore proves that I‘m infinitely superior – certainly morally – to your ‘God’ (if he exists, that is). If anything, he should be bowing down and worshiping me.
Do you see what I see? The bad news for this person is that the same condemnation that is awaiting Satan (the lake of fire) is awaiting this person. The good news of the Gospel is that this person can repent and be forgiven of his arrogance (unlike Satan). My prayer for him is that he will come to his senses like the prodigal son and return to his Creator in humbleness asking for forgiveness and a changed heart.