taking the words of Jesus seriously


Satan is a master theologian. He’s talked to God, interacted with God, believes in God’s existence, and knows more about God’s attributes and abilities than most…and yet Satan doesn’t love God.


Knowledge about God doesn’t equal faith in God.


Just because you have a vast understanding of God, expert knowledge of Biblical Law, intimate comprehension of Biblical History, and an encyclopedic grasp of all scripture still doesn’t mean you love Jesus—Satan certainly didn’t.


Satan isn’t frightening because he’s so evil, but because he’s so similar to us.


We crave power, control, recognition, fame, success, and the authority to judge others—obtaining them via religion, often under the false pretense of holiness.


We attend church, participate in spiritual activities, pretend to love others, and even talk to God, but sometimes we’re just fulfilling our sinful desires—appearing to be very “Christian” in the process.


Meanwhile, we accuse others of being sinners. We condemn our enemies to eternal damnation for not believing the right things, not holding the correct theology, attending the wrong churches, participating in the wrong lifestyles, voting for the wrong politicians, having wrong opinions, and not perfectly complying with our perception of holiness.


Maybe this is why God instructs us not to judge others—because we’re often completely wrong.


Even though Satan looked the part, the fruit of the Spirit were not evident in his life.


We have no idea. Even when we think we do—we don’t.


Our faith isn’t dependent on correct theological beliefs, intellectual knowledge, or even our ability to interact with God—these things are important but utterly useless without a loving relationship with Christ.


If you don’t have all the answers, don’t worry. Ynever will. Christianity isn’t about a quest for answers. Theology is really meant to reveal the Divine truth that God is love, ultimately helping us love God better, and love others as we would love ourselves.


Humility, grace, peace, hope, patience, kindness, and love have everything to do with a desire to passionately follow Christ and emulate His life.

You won’t be perfect. You’ll have your ups and downs and will often fail. But the point is to keep trying to love. Loving God and loving others—this is what Christianity is all about.


Let’s be less like Satan and more like Jesus.


About The Author


Stephen Mattson is the author of "The Great Reckoning: Surviving a Christianity That Looks Nothing Like Christ." Follow him on Twitter (@StephenMattson_) and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.mattson

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