Sunday, January 10, 2010

Satan's Spin?


Going back to the most primitive renderings, human beings have tried to put a face and a tangibility to the look of evil. Invariably, that face looks, well, evil. Although sometimes today, the face of evil is more of a joke. The $9.99 horn and tail get-up you can buy in the seasonal aisle at WalMart. There would be something organically out of whack, to our thinking, of depicting old Beelzebub with apple cheeks and a filmy set of cherub's wings. Save the pretty imagery for the nice guys, right?

But what does Scripture have to say about the appearance of Lucifer?

You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. Ezekiel 28:12

Even in the garden, we are privy to the workings of some sort of smooth operator. Eve and the serpent conversed. She took him seriously, no doubt entranced by every hook-and-line reeling word. Eve didn't shriek and dispatch Adam for a garden hoe. There was something altogether convicting and charismatic about this guy.

Your heart became proud on account of your beauty. Ezekiel 28:17

So, are we, perhaps, looking for Satan's biggest traps in all the wrong places? Where should we be looking?

Please contact me here to schedule session about "Stars & Scars" for your ladies group. Our Sonrise study group will be meeting this Wednesday at Hebrew's Cafe from 8:15-9:15 to analyze the results of a powerful personal inventory developed by Dallas Theological Seminary Professor Ramesh Richard that's designed to open eyes and change hearts. You're welcome to join us!

…for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really like when people are expressing their opinion and thought. So I like the way you are writing

Anonymous said...

I didn't understand the concluding part of your article, could you please explain it more?

Sarah Onderdonk said...

thank u, Anon 1...

Anon 2... point is, are we somewhat conditioned to classify evil as that which appears patently dark? Or, are some of the biggest traps wrapped inside attractive packages... even within our pursuit of good goals and achievements? I love what a professor said in class this past week: "Don't fear failure. Success is what you need to fear." Arguably, that's a hard one to teach the kids...