This morning, I read a blog about how dangerous secular music has become. I would like to quote from it:
“These artist are probably the sweetest looking people on the planet, but beware the devil could make himself to be an angel of light. This is not a time to be caught in Satan’s web of delusion.”
This is THE thought in Christianity. It’s essential that Christians understand that Satan is constantly trying to deceive god’s people. He wants to trip them up in order to deny them god’s grace and the promise of eternal life.
My thoughts differ greatly. I strongly believe that Lucifer is the true hero of this story. god is the creator. He created the angels (including Lucifer). These angels were made to bow, worship, and serve god for all eternity (incidentally, we were made for the same reason). With knees probably bleeding like a rugby player’s, Lucifer became fed up. So, he attempted to overthrow heaven. He lost.
Beginning in the 16th century, the Spanish shipped massive amounts of slaves to the Caribbean, Central and South America to work in the sugar cane fields. These slaves regularly received much more brutal treatment than the slaves in the British Colonies because of the large population. In French controlled Saint Domingue in 1791, Toussaint L’ouverture rebelled. He quickly took control over the territory as well as the rest of the island. Haiti was established under his Lieutenant. L’ouverture is a hero to the people of Haiti, and treated with the same respect in American textbooks. Why not? He overthrew his oppressive masters, and established a state of freed slaves.
No one calls L’ouverture a tyrant. I’m sure plenty claim he will go to hell, because most Christians have no clue that Voodoo is Christianity. He is praised for rising against his oppressor. Even the slave revolt leaders who failed are still commonly thought of as heroes. Satan, on the other hand, is cursed to dwell on Earth until Jesus comes back. He will then be cast into the Lake of Fire.
One of our most important human achievements in America:
The belief that slavery is wrong. The person who forces another human being into slavery is tyrannical and evil. By the very act of rising against the slave-master, Satan should be praised as a hero. The South, the Bible Belt, were the slave owners and the largest oppressors of African Americans after slavery was abolished. Christians still claim they are responsible for abolishing slavery. Regardless of the facts, we reached a new level of morality. For the sake of argument, I will say Christians were solely responsible for fighting the injustice and freeing the slaves. If this is something they take such pride in, why isn’t god held to those same high standards? god’s tyranny and hypocrisy is continually overlooked because of one belief: We can’t understand god’s plan. The very idea of such a domineering figure is beyond insulting to me. I see no better way to close this argument than with a quote from Steven Weinberg, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1979.
“But then, maybe at the very bottom of it … I really don’t like God. You know, it’s silly to say I don’t like God, because I don’t believe in God, but in the same sense that I don’t like Iago, or the Reverend Slope or any of the other villains of literature, the god of traditional Judaism and Christianity and Islam seems to me a terrible character.”