I believe in God. Now, that in and of itself is a pure no-brainer. It is literally the abominable fool who denies it, according to God’s Word in Psalm 14:1-3. It is not faith to believe in God, merely a matter of sheer common sense. Romans 1:18-20 makes this point abundantly clear:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…”
James 2:19 clearly points out that mere intellectual assent to God’s reality is nothing:
“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.”
Thus the struggle of faith is not in believing that God exists; that is literally a thing to be taken for granted. Rather the struggle of faith is to realize that the Creator of the universe and everything in it is truly good and truly loves you and has a beautiful plan for your life. Sometimes that doesn’t seem so obvious – particularly when we see the evil in the world – and that is when we must practice faith.
“Faith” is trust. We’re facing a difficult situation, things don’t seem to be going well, and we make the decision and the commitment to trust God.
That aspect of faith emerges in Hebrews 11:1, which states “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” It’s not just heaven I haven’t seen; I haven’t seen what God will do in my life the rest of today.
What about the devil? Is it hard to believe in the reality of the devil?
Not when I look at the way the world is judging Israel and taking the side of the terrorists who have intentionally burrowed themselves into the population so as to kill as many of their own people as possible while they try to murder as many Jews as possible, it isn’t.
It’s an interesting thing, evil. I remember reading an influential article by the former mistress of Nazi philosopher Martin Heidegger about what she described as the banality of evil. What does it mean to be banal? It means to be trivial, obvious, predictable, to be devoid of originality. There’s a boring “been there, seen that” aspect to evil. And Hannah Arendt was making this point not about something mundane, like the man who urinates all over a public toilet seat and leaves his filthy mess for someone else to clean up, but rather the Final Solution of the Holocaust.
The men who carried out the Holocaust weren’t monsters with blood dripping off their fangs; they were bureaucrats who carried out sterile-sounding government policies. Jews were declared to be non-human – precisely the way babies in the womb are to this day – and were regarded in official government language basically as a disposal dilemma that could be resolved with the application of bureaucracy. You could read the Nazi documents and it wouldn’t be that much different from reading how the Environmental Protection Agency of the U.S. is attempting to dispose of some toxin that is polluting a river. Only in this case the “river” was Europe and the “toxin” was Jews. And sterile bureaucrats sterilely carried out sterile policies in such a manner that producing millions of corpses was a boring, commonplace industrial activity.
Hannah Arendt was pointing out that thousands and thousands of faceless bureaucrats and functionaries somehow all played their trivial, unimaginative, boring roles that collectively resulted in an evil so monstrous that the primary reason it is denied to this day is because it is simply too astonishingly horrifying to believe it actually happened in our modern, civilized age. But of course it DID happen. And how could something that evil have happened when none of the people who carried it out had the fangs of vampires or the claws of werewolves?
I submit that there is something transcendent about evil just as there is something transcendent about good. Just as there is good that proves that there is a Higher God – because no human being could act so selflessly, so compassionately on his or her own, there is a similar quality about evil, such that there is evil that defies all reasonable capacity to explain it.
I’ll put it this way: as stupid, as blind and as depraved as humans are, there are some things that simply beyond human evil. To wit: people cannot possibly be this stupid, this blind, this depraved on their own. There has to be a superhuman will involved to twist us into such a depth of mindboggling stupidity, blindness and depravity.
I look at how fools condemn Israel in their fight against a Hamas organization that literally publically states its intention to murder every Jew on earth according to Article 7 of their charter and I realize that no human mind can possibly be this stupid, this blind and this depraved on its own.
Let me provide a specific, concrete example. When Nancy Pelosi said:
“And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization. Mbe they could use their influence to–”
I contend that as a human being created in the image of a intelligent, aware, moral God that she is simply not capable of being that stupid, that blind and that depraved on her own to believe what came out of her own mouth. There has to be a devil at work to produce that degree of unreality.
Just as I contend that when the senior spokesperson for Nancy Pelosi’s “humanitarian organization” urged the Palestinian people to serve as human shields –
The [Hamas] Ministry of the Interior and National Security calls on our honorable people in all parts of the [Gaza] Strip to ignore the warnings [to vacate areas near rocket launching sites before Israel bombs them] that are being disseminated by the Israeli occupation through manifestos and phone messages, as these are part of a psychological war meant to sow confusion on the [Palestinian] home front, in light of the [Israeli] enemy’s security failure and its confusion and bewilderment.”
[Facebook page of Hamas Ministry of Interior spokesman Iyad Al-Buzum,
July 12, 2014]
– there simply has to be a Satan to delude a man to say such an incredible thing and there has to a Satan to delude mothers and fathers to allow their children to die as human shields for the cause of terror.
As I quoted from the Los Angeles Times Hamas intentionally and deliberately built a vast terrorist tunnel complex right under hospitals, schools and mosques as well as the most densely populated residential neighborhoods on earth in order to intentionally and deliberately force Israel to kill as many helpless civilians as possible in response to Hamas’ thousands of brutally inhuman rocket attacks:
Troops operating in and near Gaza have tracked 36 tunnels with dozens of access points, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said Wednesday, as the Israeli offensive in Gaza entered its fourth week. Miles of passageways, many stocked with weapons and reinforced against explosions from above, pass near or directly beneath schools, mosques and hospitals, threading their way under some of the most densely populated terrain on Earth. — Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2014
Many of those tunnels have entrances directly TO the mosques, the hospitals, the schools such that Hamas fighters can use those “positions” to attack Israel with deadly weapons fire and then retreat safely and expose the helpless Palestinian civilians to death that Hamas and their tools cynically exploit as propaganda.
Hamas and its stooges such as Nancy Pelosi cannot be that callous, that stupid, that blind or that depraved all on their own. It simply defies human ability to be that callous, that stupid, that blind and that depraved. Human hearts and minds simply weren’t made for that.
Israel cares so much more about trying to prevent the deaths of helpless Palestinian civilians that Hamas or the Palestinian Authority or for that matter the Palestinian people themselves it is beyond unreal. One side is trying to protect their citizens; the other side is trying to kill as many of their own people as possible merely so they can point at the other side and cry, “Look what they did!” One side tries desperately to warn every Palestinian of an impending attack even down to the level of trying to call each home (and it is mindboggling what an organizational effort Israel must pursue to do such a thing) before an attack; the other side is ordering civilians to remain in their homes so they will be killed.
But which side is being condemned by the world?
It defies belief. There is simply no way in this world what is happening can possibly be happening. But it’s happening.
There is a Satan. How Israel is being condemned and demonized while the most evil organization on the planet is enabled to continue intentionally exploiting its own people as human shields proves it beyond the shadow of a doubt to anyone capable of wisdom.
2 Corinthians 4:4 says “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” That god is Satan. And he and his demons are alive and well and working to blind every human being on earth.
There is simply no other rational explanation for what we are seeing.
God’s Word prophetically declared the resurrection of Israel from the graveyard of history in Ezekiel chapter 37. The Bible went so far as to declare that Israel would literally be created in one day. That happened exactly according to God’s Word in Isaiah 66:8 on May 14, 1948 by an act of the United Nations in response to the horror of the Holocaust. And God’s Word also declared repeatedly that every single nation on earth would be against Israel. We have now already seen that come to pass, as well. And we know that it will only grow worse.
I become dismayed as I see evil prevailing while the few righteous people can seemingly do nothing to prevent it. I and those who have the illumination of the Holy Spirit can see the world moving toward the worship of the beast all around us; yet we can do nothing to prevent it as more and more human beings are being deluded by Satan to make the choice to burn in hell and literally take their whole world to hell with them. But God knew that it would happen and foretold it to His people. And events are unfolding in these last days exactly according to His Word given to us millennia ago.
God’s Word according to 2 Thessalonians 2:3 puts it quite clearly:
Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
God told us – guaranteed us – that the world would turn radically evil and rebel against God, God’s people and God’s righteousness in the last days just before the Antichrist came. And that’s where we are, folks.
There is a God. There is a Satan. The players in this drama for sovereignty over the human race are real. And the drama of the struggle is foretold in the prophecies of Scripture.
I am on the Lord’s side, as was Joshua before me. In spite of the banality – the commonplace, trivial, obvious, predictable, even boring in its nearly all-encompassing nature – of evil, God will prevail in this struggle as He declared in His Word.