Originally posted by Suzianne
How many times do I have to tell you?
This isn't a kickball game, we don't have to pick sides. The truth is somewhere in-between.
"This isn't a kickball game, we don't have to pick sides." -Suzianne
Well said, Suzi. Fact is we're not each other's enemies; rather, we have a common enemy....
Satan the Deceiver of Mankind
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, who didst rise in the morning? how art thou fallen to the earth, that didst wound the nations? And thou saidst in thy heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit in the mountain of the covenant, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the height of the clouds, I will be like the most High. But yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, into the depth of the pit.” – Isaiah 14:12-15
"Satan’s character is deceitful, devious and cunning as in a variety of guises he seeks to influence people for his own ends."
* Satan’s deceitful character
He is evil
Mt 6:13 See also Mt 5:37; Mt 13:19; Jn 17:15; 2Th 3:3; 1Jn 2:13-14; 1Jn 3:8,12; 1Jn 5:18
He is a liar.
Jn 8:44 See also Ge 3:4-5; Job 1:11; Job 2:5; Rev 3:9
He is devious
2Co 11:14 See also 2Co 11:3; Eph 6:11; 2Th 2:9; 1Ti 3:7; 2Ti 2:26
He is scheming
Eph 6:11 See also 2Co 2:10-11
He is a slanderer
Job 1:9-11 See also 1Ti 5:14-15; Rev 2:9
* Satan’s deceitful work
He deceives individuals
1Ti 2:14 Eve was deceived by Satan the serpent. See also Da 8:25; 2Ti 3:13; Rev 12:9; Rev 20:3,10
He works counterfeit miracles
2Th 2:9-10 See also Ex 7:11-12,22; Dt 13:1-2; Mt 24:24 pp Mk 13:22; Rev 13:13-14; Rev 19:20
He appoints false prophets
Mt 7:15 See also Dt 13:5; Jer 23:26; Jer 28:15; Jer 29:21; Eze 13:6-10; 2Pe 2:1-3,18-19
He misuses Scripture
Mt 4:6 pp Lk 4:10
He blinds unbelievers
2Co 4:4 "... in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."