Why Did Satan Rebel?
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Have you have ever had one of those endless, futile, Salvation conversations with someone you really care about? You know, the ones where you feel like you would have more progress if you were talking to a wall?
The kind that degenerates from a caring, compassionate plea on your part to arguing about the difference between man-made doctrine and the Holy Bible?
Well, you’re not alone. In fact, I imagine that many of us have had these conversations with a family member or two.
What I just described is a typical conversation with my Dad. I love him dearly, and I know he’s going to read this. I could censor it to make sure I do not hurt his feelings; but I can’t bear the thought of him having to face the Tribulation without us. Worse yet, I don’t even want to fathom the idea of him spending an eternity in Hell.
First off, my Dad is highly intelligent. He has a Bachelor’s in Science and worked as a chemist for over 30 years.
He actually studied to be a Catholic Priest at one time, but thought better of the celibacy part. Needless to say, he is very well versed in Catholicism’s version of Salvation.
Now, Jack has written many great articles about the difference between what the Bible teaches about salvation and what Catholics teach; so I will not be delving into that here.
Plus, I’m not the type of person to claim to know whether or not a person is saved by their declared Christian affiliation.
However, in my Dad’s case, he really makes me wonder whether or not he truly believes in Christ.
What is so tricky about my Dad is his complete resolve to annoy the daylights out of somebody. He is the ultimate protagonist. He truly makes a sport out of arguing.
My Aunt has said she used to wonder why everyone would get so mad during dinner conversations and start yelling and screaming at each other. She decided to sit back and watch one time, and noticed that my Dad would say something casual and wait for someone to respond. He would then take the complete opposite point of view, even if he agreed with the person. Then he’d just sit back and watch as the table erupted into chaos; giggling, biting his lip trying not to smile.
So, as you can imagine, someone like this is not easy to gauge. You have no idea whether he actually believes the things he’s telling you or he’s just saying them to make you mad.
One of the never-ending “disagreements” we seem to have involves Satan. Dad doesn’t think Satan exists. Instead, he thinks that some men are so evil that their actions are what caused the Bible to define a character as Satan. Dad insists “why would a being that is created perfect rebel? He has everything? What would be the point?”
It’s either at this point he has to get off the phone because he has to go do something or he quickly jumps to another argument before I even have a chance to respond to the first one.
Sometimes it felt like “he who yells the loudest” in my family wins. It can be so exhausting!
Anyway, I instead of just praying and banging my head against the wall, I decided to ask myself, “why did Satan rebel?” I mean, he did have everything.
God compared Satan to the King of Tyre in Ezekiel 28:12-15:
"Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee."
Satan knew God was Supreme, he wasn’t stupid. So, what was the point?
Yet still, God goes on to say in Ezekiel 28:16:
"By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire."
But why would Satan do that when he was created perfect and was in complete harmony with the Living God?
Well, pray long enough and sometimes the Holy Spirit just plops the answer right in your lap.
Part of the answer was because Satan was given so much “by the multitude of thy merchandise.” The other part was because of his incredible beauty and wisdom as mentioned in Ezekiel 28:17
"Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee."
Still, you would think if Satan was so smart, he would know better. Yet, something about being so perfect and beautiful made him jealous of God. God was worthy of worship, so Satan thought he was too.
So, it was all about being worshipped. You can have everything, just like Satan; or the first humans, Adam and Eve; but if you’re not being worshipped, not being venerated for all of your glory, then it’s just not enough.
Well, if my Dad reads this, maybe this answer will prompt him to examine the Scriptures to refute me. I imagine no matter what I say or do is going to convince him on this matter or anything else to do with the Bible. At least I know he likes reading my articles and the letters I send him from Jack.
Perhaps the Holy Spirit will choose to reveal Christ to him through our Omega Letter family. Whatever way He chooses, I pray it’s sooner rather than later. I sometimes think I hear the trumpet already!
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